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  • 22 May 2016

    Health & Safety in our service

    Author: Dave Walton

    A couple of months ago I attended a course designed for managers, delivered by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and entitled ‘Leading Safely’. The course gave us an…

  • 03 May 2016

    Green shoots of new ideas

    Author: Dave Walton

    It has been pointed out to me that I haven’t blogged for a while – its a fair point, and I’m sorry about that. The truth is that I had…

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Women in the Fire & Rescue Service

    Author: Dave Walton

    If you hadn’t noticed, this week marked International Women’s Day 2016 (8 March). The campaign theme this year was #PledgeForParity, a call to speed up progress towards gender parity. It…

  • 21 Feb 2016

    Emergency First Responding – a new challenge

    Author: Dave Walton

    This week will see the launch of the West Yorkshire FRS and Yorkshire Ambulance Service partnership scheme to deliver Emergency First Responding (EFR) in some of our more rural areas….

  • 31 Jan 2016

    More change, a mill fire, and mental health

    Author: Dave Walton

    There have been two main talking points this week that I’ll blog about. One is a national issue and one is a West Yorkshire issue. I’ll also write a little…

  • 13 Jan 2016

    My first blog of 2016

    Author: Dave Walton

    It was an unusual first working week of 2016 to say the least. You’ll have noticed that I haven’t blogged for a few weeks. This is partly due to the…

  • 20 Dec 2015

    A Christmas blog

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’m going to start my Christmas blog with an admission of festive failure. I wanted to emulate the fantastic blog written by fellow emergency service blogger John Sutherland (aka @PoliceCommander)…

  • 06 Dec 2015

    FRS National Resilience

    Author: Dave Walton

    If you could have planned a week to make sure that we were focussed on the role of FRS National Resilience in our national planning and response arrangements then it…

  • 02 Dec 2015

    Focussing on OUR people

    Author: Dave Walton

    I am writing this blog very much with our own staff in West Yorkshire in mind. That said, I acknowledge that people from other FRS, other agencies and many other…

  • 22 Nov 2015

    A BIG week for the UK Fire & Rescue Service

    Author: Dave Walton

    I don’t know about you, but for me there is a sense of foreboding in the air this week. I wouldn’t want to over egg it, but this week has…