Emergency Services

Camaraderie And Support Among Firefighters Is Essential To Dealing With Events Like Grenfell

Stewart Brown | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Stewart Brown

Following an incident as traumatic as Grenfell, much of the battle is in the repercussions during the aftermath. Mental health has been a huge topic in the past few years and has also been a valued subject in the Brigade, never more so than now. I have found the network of support offered by the Brigade as well as volunteers from our communities, overwhelming. This professional service has faced cuts recently but the quality of care from the counsellors that remain is fantastic. I would advise anyone that has faced a traumatic incident to take up the offer of a session. You stand to lose nothing but gain a lot. Remember, it's OK not to be OK.

140 Years Of Life Saving Work

Susan Bugby | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Susan Bugby

Monday marked the 140 year anniversary of the nation's leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, which has been saving lives since 1877. Establish...

Holding Down Public Servants' Pay Is Now An Electoral Liability Not A Responsible Spending Policy

Frances O’Grady | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

It's time to end real terms pay cuts for all public sector workers. 5.5m hardworking public servants need it. Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP promised it. Conservative voters want it. Her own MPs are persuaded of it. The PM should just tell the Treasury to get on with it.

I Escaped The London Bridge Attack – I Know How Lives Could Have Been Saved

Kimberley Shearer | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Kimberley Shearer

We're immune to sirens (especially in cities). Sadly. Think about the sirens used around the world to alert of tsunamis. Think back to the World Wars and sirens used then to alert people. They worked then. Why not now?

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 ...