Emergency Services


  • UK: Jet suit trial for Great North Air Ambulance paramedics

    September 29, 2020

    A jet suit for paramedics has been tested by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in the Lake District. It comes after a year of talks between GNAAS and Gravity Industries. Andy Mawson, GNAAS director of operations, said users do not need to be travelling that fast to cover large areas of terrain, compared with someone ...

  • UK: ‘Huge explosion’ as fire rages at industrial unit in Kent

    September 4, 2020

    A large fire has broken out in an industrial building and people have been evacuated from the nearby area. One resident of Hoo Marina, close to the blaze on Vicarage Lane, described hearing a “huge explosion” and an eyewitness said the “place shook”. Kent Fire and Rescue Service said about 200 people were removed from the area ...

  • Massive blast sends seismic shock across Beirut, causing thousands of casualties

    August 4, 2020

    A huge explosion in a port warehouse district near the centre of Beirut killed more than 25 people, injured over 2,500 others and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, shattering windows and causing apartment balconies to collapse. Officials expected the death toll to rise sharply as emergency workers dug through rubble across a swathe ...

  • London: 22 officers injured and police cars smashed after street party in Brixton

    June 25, 2020

    Twenty-two officers have been injured and police cars smashed up during “significant disorder” following a street party in Brixton overnight. Footage on social media showed a line of police retreating from crowds of people running at them with makeshift weapons on Overton Road near the Angell Town estate in Brixton on Wednesday night. Police said they were ...