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Fire: Residents reminded that smoke alarms save lives

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is providing fire safety and prevention advice to residents in North Shields after a man was seriously injured in a fire at his flat last week. The fire broke out at Botham House, in Percy Main, shortly after 6pm on Thursday, 23 March. The alarm was raised by a neighbour who heard the man's smoke alarm activating. Three fire crews from Wallsend, Tynemouth and South Shields were called to the incident and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hose reel. The occupier was rescued from the living room and received first aid from firefighters at the scene, before being taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire is believed to have been started by tee-light candles in the living room. Area Manager Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Toxic smoke from a fire in the home can kill you in seconds, and it is quite clear that having a working smoke alarm saved this man's life. I can't stress...

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Fire: Fire officers ask dog owners to take the lead

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to dog walkers to take extra care when exercising their pets on cliff tops. The warning comes after a number of incidents in which fire crews have had to rescue dogs that had fallen down cliff sides in the area. The most recent incident occurred on Friday, 24 February. Two specialist rope rescue crews from South Shields Community Fire Station were called to the cliffs at Whitburn after reports that a dog had fallen into a large sink hole at the cliff edge. Station Manager Adrian Jackson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Obviously these areas are very popular with dog walkers and we do not want to spoil anybody's enjoyment of the coastline. All we are asking is that people keep their pets on a lead if they are going to be anywhere near the edge of cliffs. ​“Fortunately, none of the animals have been lost or seriously injured as a consequence of these falls. However, given the increase in the number of these types of incidents, we would...

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Fire: Deliberate fires down but attacks on firefighters up

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
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 and work...

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Fire: Warning after family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
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.”

Fire: Couple receive bravery awards from fire chief

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A couple who helped save a family of four from a blaze at their home have received commendations for bravery from the Chief of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Chris and Gillian Stephenson, of Murrayfield Road in Cowgate, Newcastle, were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling on Tuesday, 28 February. Mr and Mrs Stephenson sprang into action when their neighbours' home caught fire on Sunday, 4 September 2016. Chris was woken just after 10am by smoke coming through his open bedroom window. He then got out of bed to investigate and saw smoke billowing from the upstairs front bedroom of the house next door. He woke his wife Gillian, who rang 999, and then ran downstairs whilst getting dressed. Chris said: “There was lots of thick black smoke coming from the upstairs window and I could hear my neighbour, James, screaming 'get my kids out'.” He managed to break a downstairs window to let some of the smoke out and was joined by other neighbours who broke down the front door and...

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Fire: Gateshead youngsters rise to Phoenix challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Nine youngsters from Gateshead have completed a four-day Phoenix course run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Gateshead Council. The Phoenix programme is aimed at young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The main aim of the programme is to change attitudes and behaviour, instil confidence and self-esteem, discipline and self-discipline, team working and social skills. The group of nine boys aged between 12 and 17 completed the course, which culminated in them presenting a fire drill display in front of their families at Birtley Community Fire Station on Thursday, 23 February. The group was also awarded individual course certificates in basic life support, risk assessment and work experience by the Deputy Mayor of Gateshead, Cllr Pauline Dillon. Area Manager Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "I am really pleased that Gateshead Council decided to reinstate the Phoenix programme. "As well as educating young people about the dangers of...

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Fire: Carer saves residents from fire in care home

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents at a care home in Newcastle are safe and well thanks to the quick actions of carer Susie Jardine. Susie discovered a fire at Westwood Lodge Care Home on Bentinck Road at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January. Susie said: “When I entered the toilets on the first floor, I discovered smoke coming from a bin. I was shocked, but thankfully I remembered my training and raised the alarm immediately by hitting the red manual call point. I alerted my colleagues who called 999 and evacuated residents to a safe area. I returned to the toilet and put the fire out with an extinguisher. I am so grateful I had the fire safety training.” Susie managed to extinguish the fire completely just before four fire appliances from Newcastle and Gateshead attended the three-storey care home. Firefighters remained on site to ventilate the property to enable the care home to stay open. Care home manager Lynne Burnett said: “We take the safety of our residents and staff very seriously and pride ourselves on having a...

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Fire: PARTNER RELEASE - Schoolchildren from Wearside visit SafetyWorks!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Pictured at SafetyWorks! are Cllr Peter Gibson, Chair of the West Area Committee, Year 6 students from Plains Farm Academy and PCSO Jen Charlton. SafetyWorks! - the innovative interactive safety centre - is welcoming schools from across the region to experience their new educational packages. The centre offers age appropriate sessions specifically for children, young people and vulnerable groups, to learn about the potential dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in today's modern society. It also provides comprehensive safety advice on topics from fire safety to personal safety . Now thanks to support from Sunderland City Council's West Area Committee, children from Sunderland are continuing to enjoy visits to the centre after the West Area Committee Councillors agreed funding for travel costs. SafetyWorks!, based in Newcastle, is run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in conjunction with Northumbria Police and partners and caters for school groups throughout...

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Fire: Survey calls for businesses to have their say in cutting through red tape

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Partners delivering a programme designed to help businesses cut through legislative and regulatory red tape are being invited to help shape support they need to grow their business. Better Business for All (BBFA) being delivered in partnership by the Department for International Trade, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), North East Fire and Rescue Services, local authority regulatory services and the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships. Over 55 per cent of small business owners say their company's growth is being held back by the amount of time they have to dedicate to business administration and compliance, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The programme has been set up to break down these barriers by providing support to improve understanding of administration and compliance to ensure businesses meet the required regulatory standards. The partners are asking businesses across the North East and Tees Valley to complete a...

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Fire: Partnership helps put firefighting into perspective

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
With link to photos at end of release 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...

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Residents reminded that smoke alarms save lives
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Deliberate fires down but attacks on firefighters up
Warning after family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning
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