Category Archives: Guest Blog

‘I Hope That Someone Takes Notice And Reacts Before It’s Too Late And There’s Another Thin Green Line Tribute And Flag At Half-Mast’ | Anon

This blog has been sent into our news team from a Student Paramedic who was assaulted while on duty over the Christmas & New Year period. We are sharing it because we believe passionately that more needs to be done to protect the brave men and women who are on the front line of the emergency services: “So then Happy

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The Traumatic 999 Call That Changed A Paramedics Life

This blog, shared in a public post on Facebook, was spotted by one of our reporters.  We felt that John’s words needed to be shared with as many people as possible in order to raise awareness regarding PTSD in the emergency services: “My name is John, and I work as a Paramedic for WMAS.  In 2003 I attended an incident

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‘Taser – A ‘Use’ Is Not Always What You Think!|PFEW National Chair

As Taser makes the news, PFEW National Chair John Apter champions the wider roll-out of the life-saving device. ‘Taser has been under the media spotlight in more recent years, and there are some ongoing high-profile active court cases at the moment where Taser comes into the picture.  Last week Home Office figures also revealed the ‘use’ of the device is

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The Police Officer Who Became A Family Liaison Officer After Losing A Friend | Guest Blog

‘Recently, my colleagues and I were awarded the ‘Team of the Year’ at work. We were awarded it because of the role we have all done this year as Family Liaison Officers (FLOs). For those who don’t know, a FLO is a specially trained officer who supports grieving family members of those who have died as a result of road

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My Battle With PTSD | Written By A Paramedic

Here at Emergency Services News, we are passionate about giving members of the emergency services and NHS – both past and present – a channel through which they can share their own experiences with the general public and their colleagues. The reason for this is twofold; Firstly, by sharing these stories, then we hope that the public will get an

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‘We Are Not Robots; We Too Are Human’ | Remembrance Day Quickly Descends Into Tragedy | Guest Blog

This moving account has been written by a police officer who was due to police the Remembrance Sunday commemorations which took place last Sunday.  However, the day did not go as planned In this guest blog, Sergeant Non Edwards of the Caernarfon Policing Team recounts her Remembrance Sunday shift.  A day that will impact on the lives of everyone involved

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‘Grenfell Tower; Systematic Failure’ | Written By A Fire Officer Who Was There

Steve Dudeney, a former London Fire Brigade Borough Commander who was on scene at the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, has spoken of his experiences of that fateful night on the eve of the publication of a report that has criticised the actions of the London Fire Brigade.  The former senior officer – who has since retired from the Brigade -speaks

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DCI Noel McHugh Shares The Story Of The Investigation That Lead To The Capture Of Josh Hanson’s Killer | Guest Blog

DCI Noel McHugh shares the story of the investigation:  ‘As a detective every so often you encounter a criminal who feels ‘just beyond your grasp’ and for three-and-half years O’Brien was mine. It has been heart-breaking and overwhelming and all-consuming for myself and my team over the last almost four years. It has taken its toll and I say this

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High Court Finds That The IOPC Has Been Applying The ‘Wrong Test’ When Assessing Reasonable Force | Guest Blog

This Guest Blog has been written by Father Andrew Birks (Twitter: @AGBirks) who was one of four Metropolitan Police Officers subjected to an IPCC/IOPC investigation that lasted nearly 11 years. At the conclusion of the investigation, Andrew and his former Met colleagues were cleared of any wrongdoing.  Father Birks now campaigns for the fairer treatment of Police Officers who are

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Facts And Figures – Why Numbers Really Matter | John Apter

‘When Boris Johnson became Prime Minister he stood on the steps of Number 10 and made a promise to police officers. He promised to recruit 20,000 more, reinvigorating the number to almost what it was before his predecessors’ austerity policies took their terrible toll on the service. It was a well-judged move, a popular choice and some might say a

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