Emergency Services

Disasters - How Volunteers Support Emergency Services

Iain Cooper | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Iain Cooper

The darkest moments came on Wednesday, when it became clear that the search was no longer for survivors. At this moment, the brave men and women who had been working solidly for days, began to struggle.

The Shocking Impact Of Alcohol On The Emergency Services

Fiona Bruce | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

The UK's relationship with alcohol is not without consequence. Excessive drinking places an enormous burden on our emergency services - including the police, fire, ambulance and accident and emergency - with the wider financial impact of responding to alcohol-related emergencies alongside the very human effect on the people who work in these critical areas. This is especially pertinent at a time such as this, as the Christmas season approaches.

Crews Face 'Blood-Soaked' Tube Carriages As Part Of Biggest Drill Ever Held In London

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING This is the aftermath of a tower block collapsing into a Tube station. The terrifyingly-real staged scene is part of Lon...

Give PCSOs Fire and Medical Training to Bolster Frontline Services

Tony Arbour | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Tony Arbour

PCSOs should be given fire safety and first-response medical training to act as an additional front line for all three of London's emergency services. Additional training could enable London's 1,667 community officers to perform CPR or other medical treatment on a patient when they are first on scene.

Look Out Fire Brigades, Theresa May Wants You To Slash Your Costs

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK

Fire brigades will be told to cut costs in an “efficiency” drive now that Theresa May has announced she will be taking over responsibility for the...

Floods Should Be a Wake-up Call as More Severe Public Service Cuts Are Forecast

John Tizard | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The tragic floods in Cumbria and other parts of the north of England and Scotland remind us of the importance of public services and public service. ...

Man Calls Emergency Services To Talk About His 'Big Muscles'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

An emergency services dispatcher in Florida received a phone call from a drunken man last Wednesday who wanted to boast about his "big muscles." E...

5-Year-Old Makes Heartwrenching 999 Call: 'My Mummy's Had A Fit'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Parents

The incredible bravery of a five-year-old girl who called 999 when her mother had an epileptic fit was captured on tape. The heartwrenching recordi...

World's First Ambulance Drone Could Save Lives

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech

Delft University of Technology graduate Alec Momont has created an ambulance drone which can deliver life-saving equipment in mere minutes. The dr...

Making Children Pay for Their Healthcare Poses Significant Risks

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

We are calling on the government to rethink its proposals to ensure that all children and young people have access to free healthcare while they are in the UK when they need it, regardless of where they're from or who their parents are.

Don't Call Fire Brigade If You're Locked Out After Drinking Over Christmas

PA | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK

Fire chiefs have warned against a repeat of last year's increase in 999 calls from people locked out of their houses after losing their keys during fe...

Firefighters Vote To Strike

PA | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

Firefighters have voted by almost 4-1 in favour of strikes in a row over pensions, threatening the first nationwide walkouts in a decade. Members o...

Pleasure Cruiser Catches Fire On River Ouse

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK

A pleasure cruiser on the River Ouse in East Yorkshire caught on fire on Tuesday morning. Two people on board were rescued. Humber Rescue volunteer...

Bodies Found In Luxury Hotel Room After 'Chemical Incident'

PA/HuffintonPost | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK

A man and woman have been found dead following a suspected chemical incident at a luxury city hotel. Their bodies were discovered in a room at the ...

Fire Crew Call-Outs: Penis Trapped In Toaster

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

You'd think a normal day in the life of the London Fire Brigade would include putting out fires, assisting with road traffic accidents and... at a pus...

Heatwave To Subside...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK

The glorious heatwave which has seen some of the hottest weather since 2006 will peak in the next couple of days then give way to humidity and thunder...

Cloudy Weather Offers Respite From Heatwave

PA | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

The heatwave took a day off in some parts of the country today, as cloud covered many eastern areas giving respite from the recent high temperatures. ...

Bowel Cancer Diagnosis Delayed Until Advanced Stage

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The number of bowel cancer patients who are admitted to hospital as an emergency is "stubbornly" high, an audit of the disease has found. Around 22...

WATCH: Chinese Girl Rescued After Getting Head Stuck In Window Security Bars

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

An eight-year-old girl in China had to be rescued after getting her head stuck between security bars on a window six floors up a residential building....

LOOK: Gas Blast Destroys House And Damages Another

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

Two houses have been damaged following a suspected gas explosion, police said. Officers were called to Dundas Road, Tinsley, Sheffield following re...

'Very Serious Concerns' Over 111 Service

PA | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK

At least 22 "potentially serious" incidents - three involving deaths - have been recorded in connection with the new NHS 111 advice line, it has been ...

111 Helpline Could Put Patients At Risk, Doctors Warn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

The new 111 non-emergency helpline is putting patient safety at risk, doctors have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to Sir...

Man Arrested After Fatal House Fire

PA | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal house fire, police said on Saturday evening. Hertfordshire Police said a m...

Tory Ministers Want to Privatise Fire and Rescue Services

Chris Williamson | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Williamson

I imagine even David Cameron might have been alarmed if someone had told him three years ago that his government would be looking at privatising our emergency services.

Man Killed In Motorway Bridge Fall

PA | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK

A man died after falling from a motorway bridge on to the road below. Police were called to the M42 between junctions 3a and 4 in Birmingham at 10....