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Northamptonshire Joint Ops team benefits from FRS thermal imaging camera purchase

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the purchase of 40 ISG advanced thermal imaging cameras (TICs) to further enhance firefighter safety. This major investment for the service will see the X-Series thermal imagers add a further TIC to all operational appliances as part of a standard vehicle specification. The cameras will also integrate with… Read more »

New Assistant Chief Constable appointed to Suffolk Police

Rachel Kearton will join Suffolk Police this summer as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC), leading local policing. Commenting on the appointment, Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said, “Rachel is an exceptional candidate and I’m delighted to welcome her to Suffolk Police and to the command team. She has a wealth of experience in policing and a… Read more »

Northamptonshire Police appoints new Assistant Chief Constable

Chief Constable Adrian Lee has announced the appointment of a new Assistant Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police. Rachel Swann will join the force from Leicestershire Police where she is currently a Chief Superintendent. Rachel joined Leicestershire Police in 1994, where she has performed a number of different roles both in uniform and as a detective…. Read more »

New MAXIFORCE® Air Lifting Bag delivers 20{b782e6485bad54f4d4eef610261c499b39e6ceae36370d8b5dbb547d38ca2d22} more capacity

The MAXIFORCE® G2 is the latest Air Lifting Bag from Paratech, which is now available in the UK exclusively from Vimpex. The air lifting bag is a thin, strong, moulded envelope made from three layers of Neoprene covered Aramid fibre reinforcement. It has the power to lift, move or shift weights up to 80.9 tonnes per bag… Read more »

New Assistant Fire Chief for South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) has appointed a new Assistant Chief Fire Officer following an extensive recruitment process. Martin Blunden joins SYFR with more than 20 years’ experience across three different fire and rescue services, having started his career in Buckinghamshire in 1994. Most recently, he has been Area Commander at Herfordshire Fire and… Read more »

UAV with aquatic landing capability ideal for difficult searches

Search Systems Ltd, a leading UAV manufacturer in the UK, has developed the Mariner 600 UAV-ROV crossover, an unmanned multicopter with aquatic landing capability and interchangeable aerial and marine camera views. Providing a live video feed with military grade encryption, the Mariner 600 is ideally suited to difficult searches of inland waterways, under trees, riverbanks… Read more »

Bulletproof vest ideal for paramedics

SafeGuard Armour, a leading manufacturer of body armour with clients across the law enforcement, military, and domestic sectors, has released a new bulletproof vest to help emergency medical workers stay safe. In situations that are becoming all-too common, paramedics are facing assault when attempting to help people in apparent trouble: whether intoxicated or prone to… Read more »

New Deputy Chief Fire Officer for South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer following an extensive recruitment process. John Roberts, who is SYFR’s current Assistant Chief Fire Officer, has stepped up to the new role today (1 April) following the retirement of the former Deputy, Mark Shaw. Mr Roberts, aged 39, initially joined SYFR in… Read more »

Research reveals new opportunities for closer collaboration between emergency services

The national lead working group on emergency service collaboration has welcomed the publication today (Friday 27 March) of research into joint working between blue light services up and down the country. The Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) commissioned the study to identify the factors that have resulted in a number of very positive collaborations… Read more »

Scale of stress and mental health problems revealed in Mind survey

Worrying data from the mental health charity Mind has found that nearly nine in 10 (87 percent) emergency services staff and volunteers surveyed have experienced stress, low mood and poor mental health at some point while working for the emergency services. The online survey of over 3500 emergency services personnel also revealed that more than… Read more »