With the lighter nights soon to be upon us, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched a campaign aimed at reducing incidents involving anti-social behaviour.
During the spring months of April and May, the fire and rescue service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately. Although the number of deliberate fires reduced during this period last year, it is still one of the busiest times of the year, along with the Bonfire period.
A more worrying trend is the increase in the number of verbal and physical attacks on fire crews attending incidents.
Between January and December 2015 there were 25 reported attacks on firefighters. This figure doubled to 50 during the same period in 2016.
Group Manager Tony Markwell, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is totally unacceptable that firefighters are being subjected to physical and verbal abuse while working to protect our local communities.
“We take these attacks on our firefighters very seriously...
In matters of sentencing magistrates can be said to be between a rock and a hard place; they are chastised if they do and criticised if they don`t. With increased sentencing powers to 12 months custody unactivated for some years and some like the Howard League forever insisting that magistrates be relieved of authority to dispense custodial sentences per se, a Ministry of Justice that devises all sorts of excuses to remind sentencers that there are supposedly viable alternatives to custody and legal advisors afraid of saying boo to a goose in case they put their jobs in danger it`s no wonder that magistrates are somewhat confused. When it comes to prolific shoplifting there are guidelines designed like a great maze for sentencers to construct appropriate punishments. When the principle of public protection is overlooked or dismissed media stories like this one are a journalist`s delight when newscopy is thin on the ground. The truth is that the MOJ and its cousin HMCTS don`t know where to turn or in what...
For those who might still be unaware of the judiciary`s lack of confidence in the Lord Chancellor the speech made recently by the Lord Chief Justice is a disturbing event as far as its content is concerned. From her pronouncements since her appointment this blogger would comment that she is as Joyce had it in Ulysses - "All wind and piss like a tanyard cat".
AN IMMERSIVE safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility will be officially opened tomorrow (Friday, March 24).
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Training and Safety Centre in Bury.
The centre offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.
Visitors can explore a car crash scene where expert guides offer road safety advice as well as a hazard-filled terraced house that has been destroyed by fire.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr David Acton, said: “The building and development of this centre has been a long journey. Firstly, I need to thank everybody that’s been involved in making this happen as clearly the hard work of everyone involved has paid off.
“The safety centre will be a unique facility that will be used by school children and...
Fire officers have issued a warning for people to use outdoor cooking appliances correctly after a family in Newcastle were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.
Two adults and five children required hospital treatment after the incident in Walker on Sunday. (19 March)
Two Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Byker were called to the terraced house at 11.07pm after the alarm was raised. Firefighters ventilated the property and gave technical advice.
All the internal appliances were checked by qualified engineers who found no faults with any of the equipment.
Group Manager Andy Lillford, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, said: “It appears that the family was using a barbecue close to the property and this caused a build-up of carbon monoxide which made them unwell.
“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer – you can't see it, smell it or taste it. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include dizziness, headaches, nausea and generally feeling unwell.“If you've planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, never take the barbecue indoors or into a tent. In recent years some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of this.”
If you buy a car and fail to keep up with your payments there won`t be a gentleman from the finance company opening an office in your area to enquire why you`ve missed the payments. You`ve broken the contract and the car will be repossessed. As many have and are discovering the same applies to those who default on their mortgages. Their properties are repossessed. It is obvious of course that generally but not exclusively those defaulters are nearer the middle or lower levels of income distribution than the higher. And it can be said that their loans were based on income...
Two highly emotive words – instantly recognisable to police officers everywhere.
It’s a distress call.
It’s the distress call: the one radio transmission guaranteed to cut through the relentless background noise – to prompt any Copper within travelling distance (and some much further away) to drop whatever they’re doing and get to a colleague in trouble as fast as they can.
It’s a very powerful thing.
Earlier today, I posted a simple Tweet:
That’s when the responses from police officers & staff – both serving and retired – started to come in. They offer an extraordinary insight into the working lives of the women & men who stand on the Thin Blue Line.
Here’s what they wrote:
@Supt_IanDS: almost 20 yrs ago, but recall it like it was yesterday!
@BriW74: 13 years ago at Charing Cross railway station. A rather large man had me on the floor and was using my head as a football.
@GrumblingCop: Man swinging sock with snooker ball in it at my head. Rather old-school weapon.
Recently penalties for use of a mobile phone whilst driving have increased. Next month those caught speeding will be subject to increased penalties for their transgressions. These penalties for this kind of offending are a combination of financial, penalty points or disqualification. The points system as is universally known allows in most circumstances an accumulation of twelve to activate an automatic ban of six months. The problem with this arithmetic is that many varied offences and their range of penalty points feed into a very compressed system. Other jurisdictions operate a much more sensible system which allows for a greater degree of flexibility of punishment. An interesting study on a Demerit Points System can be downloaded from here. In Spain there exists positive encouragement to safer driving. Points are awarded in various amounts and unlike in the UK deductions are made from that total. It seems logical that a points system, top or bottom loaded, could operate much more...
Opiate users who suffer a non-fatal overdose are at the highest risk for having a fatal overdose.
Many of these people are hard to reach by traditional substance use and health care professionals. EMS can make a difference with this population.
Whether the patient refuses further care and transport at the scene after being resuscitated or whether they go to the ED and then check out AMA, EMS has the opportunity to intervene. Here are three models an EMS system should consider.
Provide Treatment Information.
If there is a toll-free number for substance use help in your state, as there is in Connecticut, give them that number, or give the number of the local harm reduction coalition.
In Connecticut call 1-800-563-4086.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Access Line for Opioid Users
By Mike Broomfield, Head of Intelligence at The Pensions Regulator (TPR).
Scammers are criminals and we’re clamping down on their activities. We’re helping to change the law regarding cold calling as well as introducing a range of measures to protect saver’s pensions. But you can protect yourself; here are five top tips to help you beat the scammers.
If you think you’ve been scammed – act immediately
If you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. Then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.
If you have doubts about what to do, ask The Pensions Advisory Service for help. Call them on 0300 123 1047 or visit the TPAS website at www.thepensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk for free pensions advice and information.
If you’re aged 50 or over and have a defined contribution pension (a pension not based on your final salary), Pension Wise is there to help you...