Five police commandos, 1 civilian injured in powerful IED blast in Manipur’s Imphal

A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) blast rocked Manipur’s Imphal town on Tuesday morning. The IED blast took place at Thangal Bazar. Five police commandos and one civilian were injured in the explosion. The injured were taken to a nearby Read More …

Grenfell Tower fire: ‘Systemic failures’ in fire brigade’s response

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been condemned for “serious shortcomings” and systemic failures in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, in a report after the first phase of an inquiry. Fewer people would have died in the 2017 Read More …

Manchester fire service lacks training to react to armed terror attack, says inspector’s report

The inability of Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service (GMFRS) to deploy officers in the event of some terror attacks has been highlighted in a new report into standards in the nation’s fire services. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Read More …

Egypt train station fire: At least 20 dead and dozens injured following blaze

At least 20 people have been killed and 40 people have been injured in a fire at a railway station in Cairo, according to state media. The head of Cairo Railroad hospital, Mohammed Said, who previously confirmed 10 deaths said Read More …

CenturyLink outage takes down several 911 emergency services across the US

Emergency 911 services in some US states have gone down yesterday and today due to a massive outage reported at several CenturyLink data centers. According to a CenturyLink status page, the outage began at around 12pm ET on December 27, and Read More …

UK: Terrorism response tested in national multi-agency exercise

The emergency services’ reaction to a terrorist attack is being practised in the largest exercise of its kind to take place this year. The emergency services, other public services and the government this week undertook a three-day exercise to rehearse Read More …

Major drive to devise ‘gold standard’ response to chemical or nuclear emergency

UK-based experts are spearheading a major drive to revolutionise the response to a large-scale chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear incident. A team led by researchers from Loughborough University is developing a number of advanced methods to help emergency services around Read More …

Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert’s Devon home

A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home. Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell. Devon Read More …

Salisbury attack: Novichok poisoning response vehicles in Wiltshire buried in landfill site

Emergency service vehicles used to respond to the novichok poisonings in Wiltshire have been buried at a landfill site. The secure burials would pose “absolutely no risk to the public”, a government spokesperson said. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) did not Read More …