No servers found! Emergency Shorts • Emergency Service Blog: Stories from Police Ambulance, Paramedics & Fire


 Blogs from Police &   
 other Emergency Service Workers

Police: Somewhere Out There Today

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

Somewhere out there today, a police officer will tell you that there’s no other job that comes close to this one.

Somewhere out there today, a police officer will save the life of a complete stranger. And they will risk their own life to do so.

Somewhere out there today, a police officer will talk someone back from the edge. They will find the missing woman, they will confront the knife-wielding man and they will defend the vulnerable child. They will go where most wouldn’t and do what most couldn’t.

And they will show uncommon bravery.

Somewhere out there today, a police officer will deal with the consequences of society’s addiction to violence. They will tell you that domestic violence is a disease of pandemic proportions – and that violent crime involving young people is one of the most urgent issues of our time.

Somewhere out there today, the call will come too late and a police officer will become the bearer of unbearable news.

Somewhere out there a police officer will suggest that people don’t often call us...

This police blog continues,

Police: Guest blog by ACC Carl Foulkes: “Leaving you with a heavy heart…”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I thought I would take this opportunity to stage a quick takeover and write what will be my last blog in West Midlands before I leave for Merseyside Police.

When I sat down to consider what I wanted to cover there were so many things that are currently on-going I really did not know where to start!

It is all too easy to become very reflective when one is leaving an organisation, particularly one which has been such an important part of your life.

Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes

Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes

I have certainly found myself thinking back to my arrival in the force 13 years ago to a sunny (well it was raining but rose tinted glasses and all)  Bloxwich nick as a fresh faced DCI and being greeted by a cheery “hello bab” by the front office staff.

The force certainly does not look, or feel like the organisation I transferred to from BTP.  This is no bad thing, when I look at how we have changed moving from a very red and green performance and accountability focus to...

This police blog continues,


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
This blog along with many more authoritative sources has long been sceptical of so called crime statistics.  The use of tick box mentality of recording has long been questioned.  To the despair of many that methodology is so widespread it is endemic among both government and non governmental organisations; the Sentencing Guidelines produced for magistrates and judges  are a perfect example. This "bible" of sentencing attempts to categorise sentences by a combination of harm to the supposed victim and culpability of offender.  And now a "crime harm index" is to be deployed by police to classify the significance of different offences taking into account the number of offenders jailed for the crime including violence, knife and gun crime and the average sentences imposed.  Considering that about 95% of all crime that comes to a court begins and ends in magistrates` courts  with six months custody maximum it is likely that effects of inevitable prioritisation by police will be based on crown court statistics of the...

This police blog continues,

Police: Beware of fraudsters on social media stock markets

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Fraudsters are taking advantage of a rise in popularity of currency exchange online trading schemes with bogus claims of get-rich-quick schemes.

Foreign exchange – or forex for short – trading is a much more simplified version of stock market investments. Punters will use a website or app stake a ‘call’ or ‘put’ on the price of a currency or market, gambling on whether it will rise or fall. These apps have proved very popular due to the simplicity of the betting, known as binary options trading, and the promise of a quick return or loss on their stake.

Binary options trading is legal, but scammers are using the rise in popularity to promise huge returns with fake success stories. They have been setting up fake

In reality, this is an advance fee fraud. Victims have been told to send money ahead with a promise of huge returns with a cut of the profit, only to be blocked or ignored by the scammer after transferring money.

In some cases victims lose out twice, as they’re told their trading...

This police blog continues,


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The saga of the sadomasochist who is under a police notice to tell them 24 hours in advance of his proposed sexual activity  continues  from the first mention here on January 25th.  A follow up was posted on June 9th.  Whatever the legal niceties where the angels on the pinhead have been well and truly counted the current state of affairs in this matter appears to be a blight on any meaning of the term "justice".

The District Judge ruled that the terms of the ban imposing a 24 hour notice period were disproportionate but that nevertheless the order will not be reviewed until a further hearing on September 22nd.  This individual might not be the man that the father of the bride might wish for a son in law but he was found not guilty at a trial for rape.  Even so police branded him as "a very dangerous individual".  In my naivety I did not think that such actions could take place in this country.  After all this is not Turkey of "Midnight Express" or Russia under a repressive regime or  Czechoslovakia during the time of Franz Kafka. This is England in 2016.  What have we become?  Where are we going?

Ambulance: Narcan Thoughts

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe


A story on the news this week said the Hartford Fire Department has saved 136 lives with Narcan since they began carrying it last November.  They have used it 172 times with 136 positive results, according to the article.  (Kudos to an outstanding department!) The story also mentions the Connecticut State Police have saved 100 lives with Narcan since October 2014.  Google almost any fire or police department in the state who has started carrying Narcan and there are glowing reports of lives saved by their members.

Hartford Firefighters Save 135 from Opiate Overdoses

Connecticut had 415 heroin deaths in 2015, and over 600 fatal opiate overdoses of all types.  I have seen nothing to suggest that the number is declining in 2016.

Neighboring Massachusetts had 1,379 opiate overdose deaths in 2015, an increase of 7 percent over 2014.  According to MA state data,  Narcan was administered to 9,128 EMS patients in 2015.

Mass EMS Stats

The articles claiming lives saves to each administration of Narcan are a bit...

This ambulance blog continues,

Police: An Englishman’s Home Is His Castle

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Or is it?

I can’t begin to speak for the County Forces, I have absolutely no idea what their rules are or were. However, back in 1972 when I joined the Met I had no say in it, I simply HAD to live within a 25 mile radius of Central London.  I can’t remember now whether it was Hyde Park Corner or Charing Cross, but there isn’t much difference.

It didn’t end there either.  Once my family and I had found a house we would like to live in I had to submit a report to the Senior Management to obtain permission to live there.  Partly to ensure that my choice of abode was within the dreaded circle, but also in order that the neighbours could be vetted, to ensure that I would not be living next to a drug dealer, murderer or bank robber etc.  I understand why, I understand completely, but it completely rode roughshod over the rights and wishes of my wife and family.

Over the years the rules were relaxed and eventually officers were moving out of London for the more affordable accommdation available just a...

This police blog continues,

Fire: Join in the fun at Hebburn Fire Station open day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Local residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their fire and rescue service and meet their local firefighters when Hebburn Community Fire Station throws open its doors for a fun-packed open day. The fire station, on Victoria Road, will host the open day on Saturday, 27 August from 11am to 3pm. Entry to the event is free. Attractions include a bouncy castle, face painting, the Zoo Academy, sari demonstration and henna painting. Display stands from partner agencies include Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and the Coastguard. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors, discuss the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. There will also be operational drills and chip pan demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise them on how to...

This fire blog continues,

Fire: Lowestoft firefighters take the #22PushUpChallenge

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects large numbers of our serving and ex-serving military personnel.

UK charity, Combat Stress, is raising funds to help them carry on their great work by getting people to take the #22PushUpChallenge.

Originally started in the US, there's now thousands of people taking the challenge here in the UK.

Why 22 push ups?

In the US 22 ex-military personnel commit suicide because of PTSD. That's the reason...

Here in Lowestoft quite a few firefighters are working their way through twenty two days of doing 22 push ups each day. 

It includes Ben Horne, Ben Whale, James Field, Martin Burglin, Mark Frances, Andy 'Begz' Jackson and myself.

Here's a video on my Day 7 push ups with Ben Whale and James Field...


Please donate £5 to Combat Stress by texting PTSD22 to 70004.

Thank you...



Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
On June 10th I first posted on a certain Maxine de Brunner. It was July 19th when I last posted on her antics. At that time she was referred to as Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner; not any more.  This person has a history of being a disgrace to that most senior uniform she wore to serve her own vanity and aggrandisement. Recently after her arrogance finally provoked action from the Met. Commissioner she has been allowed to retire, presumably on her maximum taxpayer funded pension, without any official internal action against her despite recent government guidelines to the contrary.  It appears that there is now a slight change in wording of the regulations from allowing a twelve month window after retirement when charges could be brought  to let that period be extended “in exceptional circumstances”. It seems that her boss has once again protected one of his "own" in preference to acting for the public good.

Actions of misconduct to a lesser or usually greater degree of senior cops...

This police blog continues,

Blog List

Crime and Justice - UK Crime News (5431)
Surrey Constabulary Blog (4582)
Tony McNally (2896)
Rogue Gunner (1466)
Fire Brigades Union (1264)
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (806)
The Justice of the Peace (765)
UK Forces Afghanistan (750)
News (624)
Shijuro is not georgedixon's Blog (562)
200 Weeks (561)
Crime and Justice – UK Crime News (533)
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue (503)
RetiredAndAngry (458)
A Just Future: Fair for All (401)
Allcoppedout's Blog (394)
The Magistrates' Blog (369)
The Official British Army Blog (353)
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News (348)
Leominster Fire Station (323)
Daly History Blog (307)
MentalHealthCop (262)
Hogdayafternoon (253)
Crime & Justice - UK Crime News (248)
Norfolk Fire Service (244)
InsomniacMedic (219)
The Thinking Policeman: A Police Officer's Blog (208)
Trying My Patients (194)
Trauma Queen (178)
MinimumCover - The Police Officer Blog (170)
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service - News (162)
Mental Health Cop (162)
Street Watch: Notes of a Paramedic (158)
Old Plod (147)
Dave B (136)
Tales from the Metropolis (130)
Shijuro (nearer Go-juro though...) is not georgedixon's Blog (123)
Crimestoppers (122)
Garth Marenghi (119)
The Thin Blue Line (117)
PC Bloggs - a Twenty-first Century Police Officer (116)
Constable Chaos - UK Police Blog (116)
PC Richard Stanley (113)
Kids Firefighter Blog (103)
inspguilfoyle (101)
ActionFraud's blog (100)
PlumisAutomist (96)
Xf (92)
Shijuro (nearer Go-juro though...) is not georgedixon's relatively honest Blog (91)
Rafairman's Blog (86)
World Weary Detective (72)
Minimedic's Blog (71)
Out of battle (68) (66)
Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe (64)
James Patrick (63)
Justice and Chaos (62)
Noddy (61)
A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc (57)
A Special Blog (57)
Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue News (53)
Response Plod (52)
StorytellERdoc (50)
Brian Kellett (dot) Net (49)
Hampshire Fire & Rescue News (49)
Chiefs Blog (48)
The Blue Light Run (46)
Medic ScribeMedic Scribe (46)
Leominster Fire Station (Stn 52) (45)
The Police Debating Directive (41)
Matt Delito (40)
DCC Dave Thompson (40)
ListMessenger News and Updates (40)
Spamford Police (37)
Newsletter RSS Feed (36)
InspJulietBravo (34)
Alerter - the firefighters blog (33)
Joe90 (31)
McNoddy (31)
Area Trace No Search (27)
Policeconomics (27)
policecommander (27)
Brutal Police Blog (26)
Jerome Mowat (26)
CC Dave Thompson (26) (25)
Disgruntled (25)
Old Plod of Plympton (25)
Mack (24)
Catemoore's Blog (23)
thestation-sergeants-blog (22)
PC Bobby McPeel (20)
Emergency Egg (19)
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (18) (18)
Political Police (17)
Essex Police (16)
MinimumCover (16)
manyvoices Blog (16)
ambcontrol999 (16)
Policing in Dudley (14)
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (14)
South Coventry Police News & A Bit More (12)
Anti Winsor Network (12)
response sarge (12)
SConTutor's Blog (12)
CopShopUK Blog (12)
Purpleplus (11)
Performance and Strategy (11)
Minimedic's Musings (11)
Regie (11)
Constable Chaos – UK Police Blog (11)
Dysfunctionalcop's Blog (10)
A Copper's Special Blog (10)
Superintendent Mark Payne (10)
Shijuro (nearer Go-juro though...)is not georgedixon's Blog (10)
The Peel Blog (10)
Random Cop (8)
Met Training Officer (8)
Not the Daily Mail (8)
The Adventures of Policeboy (7)
Random Acts Of Reality (6)
(6) (6)
Jasper The Dummy (5)
Insp Winter (5)
Emergency Shorts (5)
Panda Talk (3)
policeaircrew (3)
RoryGeo on Crime and Justice (1)
Emergency Services Show (1)


Emergency Shorts:
Blogs and short stories from those who look after everybody else. Police, Ambulance, Paramedics, Fire Fighters and Military Soldiers, they work tirelessly to help and protect us.

If you're an emergency service worker, start posting your stories and thoughts- don't worry you can post under a pseudonym if you like.

If you want your blog to be included on Emergency Shorts and we'll add it to the list.