Tyneside's multi-agency interactive education centre SafetyWorks! is celebrating its' most successful year on record with more visitors than ever before!
To mark this outstanding achievement, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched its summer campaign to keep children safer.
Last year's safety campaign welcomed over 1,660 primary school children to enjoy safety sessions in the life like scenarios at the centre.
The campaign will enable youngsters to take part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety in preparation for the summer months. They will also learn about first aid, road and travel safety during their visits.
This year's campaign will involve fire officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The SafetyWorks! team will deliver sessions about how to stay safe when playing outside and at barbecues, and Northumbria Police officers will present advice on Stranger Danger. It...
A woman has died as a result of a house fire which happened around midday yesterday (15 May) in the Seaburn Dene area of Sunderland.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service mobilised twelve firefighters and three appliances to the property.
Crews used hose reels and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire when they entered the property. A 77 year old woman was discovered in the living room.
She was treated by North East Ambulance Service at the scene and conveyed by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, she passed away later that afternoon.
Area Manager Keith Carruthers, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our thoughts and sympathies go out to this lady's family and friends at this very sad time.
“I would encourage every household to have a working smoke alarm and to get them fitted on every level and they should be checked regularly.
“If you have elderly relatives, check they have working smoke alarms and if they don't, contact your nearest fire station to...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Whitley Bay over the coming days following a large fire at a disused church over the weekend.
The fire which took place at the Trinity United Reform Church, Esplanade Place, Whitley Bay on Saturday 6 May required crews to stay in attendance at the scene from 8.20pm that evening until nearly 2.00pm on Sunday 7 May.
At the height of the fire, more than 40 firefighters attended.
The fire was extinguished using five main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms. The church and the adjoining church hall were severely damaged by the fire and seven cars parked on Esplanade Place also suffered minor heat and smoke damage.
To engage with the community of Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a co-ordinated 'hot strike' in the area, in a bid to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Prevention and Education teams including community...
Fire stations across Tyne and Wear today fell silent at 12noon to mark Firefighters Memorial Day.
Established by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, Firefighters Memorial Day is an annual event that will take place each year on 4May. It is under the authority of a Royal Charter and is supported by the Trust's patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
To mark Memorial Day crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, formed a memorial parade on station forecourts in observation of the silence. Flags at the service HQ in Washington were also flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.
This event builds on two services that are already held annually - a Thanksgiving Service held in May at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire and a Memorial event held in September in London - both of which are attended by colleagues from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
This date is also International Firefighters Day (IFFD), which was initiated from Australia following the deaths of five...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has repeated concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour, in light of two incidents that took place over the course of bank holiday weekend.
This follows a spate of recent attacks where firefighters have been assaulted both verbally and physically whilst attending incidents at a number of locations across the region.
The first incident took place on Sunday evening (30 April) when a crew came under attack from a gang of five youths throwing stones and a bottle at their vehicle.
The incident, which happened on Sundew Road, in the Beacon Lough Estate area of Gateshead, followed a call to extinguish a fire at a woodland area that had been started deliberately. Fortunately, none of the firefighters were injured but the appliance cabs paintwork was damaged.
The second incident took place on Monday afternoon (1 May) when a crew attended a rubbish fire at a skate park close to the first incident, on Coltsfoot Gardens, Gateshead. As the crew was...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has joined a call by UK fire chiefs to raise awareness of the dangers of everyday activities near water, after statistics show that nearly 50% of people who accidently drown in the UK never intended to enter the water.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Water Safety and Drowning Prevention campaign - Be Water Aware - is running from 24 - 30 April and is being supported by fire and rescue services throughout the UK.
Latest statistics show that the total number of UK water related fatalities in 2015 was 644. Of these, 321 were accidental drownings. These people died after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water.
TWFRS is advising people to be water aware and to change their behaviour around open water, to minimise their risk of becoming one of these statistics.
As part of the drowning prevention campaign and following a number of river related incidents attended by emergency services in Tyne and Wear, a pilot scheme has been introduced that...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Washington tomorrow (Friday, 21 April) after a former children's play centre was destroyed in a blaze yesterday. (Wednesday, 19 April)
At the height of the fire in the former Junglerama building in Victoria Road, Concord, more than 30 firefighters were in attendance. All crews finally left the scene almost six hours after the alarm was raised just after 4.10pm.
The fire was extinguished using four main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms.
To engage with the community of Washington, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a co-ordinated 'hot strike' in the area, in a bid to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Prevention and Education teams including community advocates, service volunteers and Prince's Trust team members, together with on-duty crews and Fire Safety teams will carry out targeted home safety checks and speak to...
Staff from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Primary Authority partner NHS Property Services Ltd (NHSPS) recently became firefighters for a day when they attended a fire perspective day at the Service's training centre.
The group was given an insight into the dangers posed to operational firefighters, such as how fire affects buildings and the speed with which it spreads.
They also learned about the importance of fixed and portable water supplies and how risk assessors can plan for and mitigate the effects of fire.
To enhance the partnership and to provide a greater awareness of the modern day fire and rescue service, the group took part in firefighting activities including:
Working in smoke and darkness.
Wearing breathing apparatus.
Search and rescue techniques.
Hot fire simulated exercises.
Responding to emergency incidents.
The fire perspective days are designed to help partner organisations to create a safer working and living environment, and at the same time potentially improve...
Equipment designed by students at Northumbria University could soon be used by firefighters across the country thanks to a partnership with an international safety technology company.
Students from Northumbria's School of Design have been working with Draeger Safety UK and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to create innovative new products, which will allow firefighters to communicate with each other safely while working.
The student teams pitched their ideas to project sponsors Draeger during an event at Byker Community Fire Station, in Newcastle, with the top three designs being selected and progressed into working prototypes.
Senior Lecturer Simon Scott-Harden and Matthew Lievesley, Director for Engagement and Enterprise at Northumbria's School of Design, worked together to co-ordinate the project. Matthew explained: “Design is a process that begins by understanding the needs of people working in real situations, so a design challenge such as this is fantastic experience for our students, and being able to...
Pictured: Area Manager for Community Safety, Alan Robson
Fire officers, police and union officials have raised serious concerns about an increase in attacks on fire crews, after three firefighters were assaulted while attending a house fire in Houghton le Spring yesterday afternoon.
Fire crews from Sunderland Central, Farringdon and Rainton Bridge were called out at 4.40pm on Wednesday, 5 April following reports of a house fire in Railway Terrace North.
Whilst crews were dealing with the incident they were physically and verbally attacked by a man.
One firefighter suffered a badly bruised and bloodied nose after he was hit in the face, while a second firefighter was struck in the side of the head, causing bruising to his ear. The attacker also tried to head butt another crew member, but fortunately his fire helmet blocked the blow.
The crews were able to restrain the assailant whilst awaiting the arrival of Northumbria Police officers, who arrested two men and a woman in connection with the...