Phil Martin
Phil Martin
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Behind the headlines

August marks the UK’s sixth successive month of living with COVID 19 and the tragedy and heartache suffered by so many through the ravages of the Global Pandemic. World news remains dominated by COVID-19-related stories and the economic, societal and…

Responding and adapting in uncharted times

It would be difficult to start this editorial with anything other than reference to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic. As fire professionals we are dedicated to consideration of worst-case scenarios, risk assessments, projections, modelling and mitigation. In 2011, as the country…

United by common themes and desires?

As this issue is published, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will have just been completed. Despite the fact that the momentous decision to leave was made less than four years ago it is sometimes hard to believe…

Do we have to look back in order to look forward?

When we are driving, the need to look back before we make a move on the road is a basic principle of safety that we learn from day one. I think that applies to most things in life where, before…

Scrutiny must deliver improvement

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry concluded on 12 December 2018. In a statement, Chairman of the Inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick described how Phase 1 was about establishing the detail of what happened at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017…

Exercise Tests Emergency Services Response to Light Aircraft Crash in Water

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has led a successful joint exercise with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), to test the response to a light aircraft crash and give crews an opportunity to practice essential water rescue and rescue…

Cambridgeshire FRS Equips 50 Vehicles With Panasonic Rugged Tablets

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is transforming life for firefighters on the frontline by equipping them with Panasonic rugged Toughpad tablets to access vital information during operations. The service has deployed 13 inch Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 tablets in the front…

New Fast Acting Doors for Suffolk FRS Long Melford Fire Station

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service recently commissioned Norwich-based Cooks Industrial Doors to install two sets of state-of-the-art sliding folding doors at Long Melford Fire Station in rural Suffolk. The original fully glazed, wooden-framed doors had seen better days and were…

Challenges and opportunities

The Grenfell Enquiry resumed on the 29 October after a short break which saw the conclusion of phase one and the questions to representatives of London Fire Brigade. Phase two of the enquiry will focus on issues around the original…

Cradlepoint IBR900 and IBR1700 Series Rugged 4G Vehicle Routers Approved for Use on ESN

The Cradlepoint IBR900 and IBR1700 series rugged 4G vehicle routers have been approved for use on ESN.  Vehicle routers of this type are used to network enable a vehicle, create a Wi-Fi hotspot around the vehicle and connect remote IT…

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