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Fire: Saughall Massie fire station plans approved

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Saughall Massie fire station plans approved


Fire: MFRS teams up with partners to combat anti-social behaviour in Wirral

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Arson officers and firefighters team up with partners to combat anti-social behaviour in Wirral


Police: DIVERSITY IN THE JUDICIARY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Latest judicial diversity statistics are published today.


Fire: Safetyworks! celebrates an increase in visitors

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
SafetyWorks!, an innovative interactive safety centre in Newcastle, is celebrating a 40% rise in visitors over the past three years. The centre, managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police, St. John's Ambulance, Nexus and local councils, welcomed 14,500 visitors through its doors last year, seeing a year on year increase for the last 8 years. The state-of-the art interactive learning facility includes a mock-up, purpose built mini 'town' with a supermarket, metro station, hospital, police station, park and even a 'house'. It's in each of these settings that a range of safety talks and courses are delivered to school children, the elderly and vulnerable people from across Tyne and Wear. SafetyWorks! is also the first facility of its kind to offer education for young people on the dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and ways to seek help and support. This learning takes place in a brand new...

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Police: ACCUSATIONS OF VERBAL ABUSE CAN BE AN ABUSE OF FREE SPEECH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace



“Verbal abuse is the use of words to cause harm to the person being spoken to. It is difficult to define and may take many forms. Similarly, the harm caused is often difficult to measure. The most commonly understood form is name-calling. Verbal abuse may consist of shouting, insulting, intimidating, threatening, shaming, demeaning, or derogatory language, among other forms of communication.”

It was brought home to me over twenty years ago in a fairly crowded retail unit in a town with the dubious reputation at the time of being just about the...

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Police: #WhoseStreets?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I must begin with an apology dear reader, I had hoped to have finished with the thorny subject of Stop and Search, but it seems that at least one reprise is needed.

You may remember that in 2014 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, issued a diktat regarding Police use of Stop and Search.

“I want to make myself absolutely clear: if the numbers do not come down, if stop and search does not become more targeted, if those stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve considerably, the government will return with primary legislation to make those things happen,”

Boy oh boy did those figures come down.

You can not be unaware of the epidemic of Knife Crime, Moped Crime and Acid Attacks spreading like wildfire across the streets of London and elsewhere. It has got so bad that I recently ‘shared’ a blog written by a Member of the Public, Jim Hind, in which he suggests, or asks for, an increase in the number of Stop and Searches by Police to tackle these crimes.

Increased use of Stop and Search – A controversial subject for many, but in...

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Ambulance: Breathtaking incompetence - a monumental shambles in their hands

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
I've been reading Rachel Clarke's book over the last few evenings and this is what has inspired me to ramble on the blog today.  The mixture of humanity, sharp analysis and reasoned argument makes Rachel's excellent book absolutely essential for anyone interested in medicine, the NHS or healthcare.  The way in which the government have ignored precisely this kind of incisive intelligence sums


Police: PROHIBITION UK STYLE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
From their very inception I was concerned at the implications of that wonderful, so they said, innovation; the ASBO.  Having to impose such I did my judicial duty but without enthusiasm. ASBO was but the first of many so called exclusion notices. For the last ten years constables have had the authority to issue a written exclusion notice to anyone considered to represent a "risk of disorder", even if they are not drunk or have committed no offence. The aim is to enable the police to stop violence escalating by immediately removing potential troublemakers from the scene. As a matter of interest David Davis, the shadow home secretary at the time,  said the Conservatives would consider backing the proposals but said Labour "has form for making headline-grabbing announcements only to fail to follow them up"; another politician`s words coming back to haunt him.......as if they care; it`s happening all the time. Soon to follow was the CRASBO; criminal anti-social behaviour order.  I sat on the very first hearing in this...

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Fire: Celebrating first anniversary of lifesaving partnership

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters in Norfolk.

A pilot project between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to help the most critically ill patients started on 18th July 2016.

Since then firefighters have responded to 405 medical emergencies across the county to help save lives when someone is unconscious and not breathing.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford are dispatched to cardiac arrest calls alongside ambulance staff and volunteers.

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Co-responding Regional Lead, said: “These latest figures are a testament to the excellent collaborative work in Norfolk between our emergency services.  I would like to pay tribute to everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.

“Every second counts when...

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Fire: Automist Smartscan is a Top Winner in IDSA International Design Excellence Award (IDEA®) 2017

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
London, UK June 29, 2017—Automist Smartscan, designed by Plumis, is a Top Winner in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) 2017 hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). See the gallery. Which 25 designs won Gold and which 52 designs won Silver, will be announced on Aug. 19 at the IDEA Ceremony—open to the public at Rich Theater and followed by a ticketed Gala at High Museum. Through Aug. 11, the public can vote online for the People’s Choice Award winner.


Plumis won in the Home & Bath category. “We are delighted to have been recognized as one of the outstanding products of 2017, alongside a host of other exciting products” said Design Director, Yusuf Muhammad.


Automist Smartscan is a smarter, modern fire sprinkler system. Instead of the typical ceiling-mounted sprinkler head, this device consists only of a stainless steel panel that seamlessly...

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