Lieutenant Claire Jackson is team leader for the British Army’s combat camera team for Herrick 19. She works alongside Sgt Dan Bardsley (photographer) and Sgt Paul Shaw (video cameraman). They are based in Afghanistan and will be covering the work of the Armed forces, in particular 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats, throughout the […] Share:
I make no apologies today for turning the clock back but before going into more detail on what I have posted in the past I would draw my reader`s attention to what has resulted from precisely these matters.
From 8th March 2014 legislation came into force allowing the implementation of DomesticViolence Protection Orders (DVPOs) across England and Wales. It is unlikely that many readers would have been aware that such game changing legislation was now in place. I would refer now to my post of 09/04/2010 and the more detailed offering of the following week.
This legislation was initiated by the previous government but it will be highly unlikely that the current occupant of the M.O.J. will publicise that detail. It will be trumpeted as further proof that this government is tough on criminals and has the protection of vulnerable victims as its prime concern. Whilst the latter consideration is of course most...
There was a recent editorial in the Hartford Courant, First Responders Could Help Cut Heroin Deaths, citing the rash of recent heroin deaths and calling for all first responders to be equipped with Narcan in order to stop the rise. Narcan is provided to first responders in some of our neighboring states, and the editorial writer thought this should happen here as well. It is my understanding that there is a strong political push, some of it coming from the substance abuse community, for such a proposal.
Heroin Related Deaths Up Sharply in Connecticut
Many months ago, we debated BLS Narcan at our state EMS medical advisory committee and despite, what I thought was a well put together proposal, the effort was knocked down very soundly. The reason seemed to be responders have ambu-bags, Narcan is often misused, and if the patient is hypo-ventilating a paramedic should be on the way anyway. Additionally, there was some fear of BLS creep, diluting the paramedic arsenal, and thus the need to have paramedics, which could lead to an...
We owe a big THANK YOU to The Screwfix Foundation, who have generously given us a grant of £1000 towards putting a new portakabin in at Thruxton for our crew and visitors.
The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013. They raise funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's recovery plans are now in place in Downham Market following the serious fire overnight which destroyed the town's retained fire station.
Downham Market retained crew has been provided with new equipment and a replacement appliance. This is being stationed at the nearby Downham Market police station where a disused part of the station kindly loaned by Norfolk Constabulary is being used to store fire service equipment.
First arriving firefighters saw flames through the windows of the appliance bay, with the fire spreading rapidly within the building. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is now underway.
The fire broke out about 12.30am this morning (Tuesday 11 March) and the first appliance from King's Lynn arrived on the scene 20 minutes later. Eight pumping appliances from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire attended and Norfolk's Urban Search & Rescue Team are assessing the stability of what is left of the building. Nobody was injured in the blaze.
Responding to the return of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service deputy chief fire officer, Gary Phillips, to the same job a month after retiring, Marcus Giles, the Fire Brigades Union secretary for Warwickshire, said: “Across the country firefighters are facing massive attacks on their pensions, being expected to work longer, pay more and receive less.
“The return of the deputy just days after retiring shows there is one rule for one, another for everyone else.
“This is just a question of jobs for the boys and is a particular insult at a time when the service is being cut to shreds by central government.”
The fire and rescue service are currently making £2.39 million in cuts, which the FBU says will lead to the loss of 40 whole-time and 36 retained firefighter positions over four years.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, is speaking at 11am today at the Local Government Association Fire Conference in at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
He is part of a panel discussing ‘The case for change’ in the fire and rescue service alongside Paul Fuller, president of the Chief Fire Officers Association, and Peter Holland the Westminster government’s chief fire and rescue adviser.
Wrack is expected to say: “Firefighters want to provide a world-class fire and rescue to the communities we serve, but the case for change turns on improving the quality of our service and elevating the role of firefighters themselves.
“What is currently happening is that fire stations are closing and fire engines being axed as firefighter jobs are slashed. That is simply worsening the service for our communities and already means people waiting longer for a fire engine when they dial 999.
Yesterday in Parliament the Care Bill 2013 reached its report stage in the House of Commons. I learned via social media that certain MPs, including former care minister Paul BURSTOW and former GP and police surgeon Dr Sarah WOLLASTON, have tabled an amendment to the Bill, additionally suggesting that the words “police station” be removed from s135(6) MHA. This would have the effect of preventing police stations from being used as a Place of Safety under the Mental Health Act and would bring the UK into line with various other international mental health acts: including the Republic of Ireland and South Africa, as well as the states of both Canada and Australia.
What’s not to like?! - I have to admit, I was actually quite excited at the prospect of it! Well, Twitter was not entirely convinced … the concerns were broadly of three types —–
There is no point removing the words “police station” until we know what the contingency arrangements are within the NHS;