UK Fire and Rescue Service – playing catch up?

Covid-19 has at least eclipsed the media obsession with Brexit, but at some point we will emerge from the pandemic only to find the issues arising from our European departure still there. Although transition hasn’t finished, it’s due to do…

Why many fire safety consultations do not go far enough

Last year, it became very clear from Dame Judith’s findings and also the first phase report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry by Sir Martin Moore-Bick that existing building regulations and fire safety standards are not working effectively and ‘need to…

The drone revolution: unlocking the next level

Drones are changing public safety operations for the better. No emergency service around the world is immune from the torrent of disruption, from fire services through to voluntary search and rescue (SAR) organisations, and more. The drone revolution is one…

The role of technology in false-alarm management

In May 2018, a fire alarm went off at London City Airport affecting over 16,000 passengers, leaving thousands stranded on the runway when emergency services were called in to deal with the situation. Thankfully, there was no fire, but the…

Missed opportunities

Some years ago, I had the privilege of sitting beside the then Home Secretary at the launch of National Fire Safety Week. He delivered his scripted lines with the expertise and panache of a veteran politician, but I could that…

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