London Freemasons pledge £2m for second emergency medical helicopter

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, has announced that it has been pledged a £2m donation from the London Freemasons towards its second emergency medical helicopter. The charity recently launched its ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign to raise £4.4m to acquire and sustain a… Read more »

Dräger device given Home Office green light for roadside drug testing

Dräger has added to its portfolio of Home Office approved kit, after its drug detection equipment has been given the green light for roadside drug testing. As new drug drive legislation comes into effect from today (2 March 2015), the fully automated Dräger DrugTest 5000, will be used by police forces around the UK, to… Read more »

Wiltshire Air Ambulance appoints new HEMS pilot

Matt Wilcock has taken up his first posting as a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) pilot at Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA). Matt has made the switch to HEMS work after 17 years in the military where he flew a range of helicopters. Matt completed his training on Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s new helicopter, the Bell 429,… Read more »

CFO Designate appointed for the new Dorset and Wiltshire FRS

Following a comprehensive selection process involving Members from both Dorset and Wiltshire and Swindon fire authorities together with independent specialist advisers, CFO Darran Gunter of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (right) has been appointed as CFO Designate for the new Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be the substantive CFO following the… Read more »

PCCs to establish national Police ICT Company

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have approved a proposal to establish a national Police ICT Company for the first time in a move that could ultimately save police forces a sum estimated to be up to £465m a year. The company, which will be owned by Police and Crime Commissioners and other policing governance bodies,… Read more »

Greater Manchester FRS appoints Peter O’Reilly as new Chief

Peter O’Reilly, who is currently Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), will take up the post of County Fire Officer and Chief Executive in June following the retirement of long-serving ‘Chief’ Steve McGuirk. Peter joined GMFRS in February 2011 from Northern Ireland Fire… Read more »

Life-saving dispatch app launched by London’s Air Ambulance and EE

A revolutionary new mobile app and EE’s 4G network are helping London’s Air Ambulance save lives by reducing the time it takes to dispatch the charity’s advanced trauma teams by up to two minutes. Developed by mobile app developer Mubaloo and EE, the app increases emergency dispatch efficiency by automatically providing London’s Air Ambulance trauma… Read more »

London ambulance tutor wins international award

The work of a London Ambulance Service tutor has been recognised with an international award. Rachel Phillips, who joined the service in 2002, has been invited to the JEMS Games, which takes place from 25-28 February in the American city of Baltimore, to collect the prestigious innovator award. She said, “I’m really humbled and very… Read more »

Hampshire and Isle of Wight agree fire partnership

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA) and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have agreed a partnership, which will now see Hampshire providing strategic leadership to the Isle of Wight. Hampshire’s authority members unanimously passed the agreement on 20 February, having previously been endorsed by councillors on the island. Both services will continue to… Read more »

Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade agree collaborative alliance

Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade have formed a ground-breaking collaborative alliance to explore opportunities to deliver savings by sharing buildings to house blue light teams. Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Acting Chief Constable Iain Spittal, Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton, and Fire Authority Vice Chair Jan Brunton signed a memorandum of understanding, which… Read more »