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Fire: Swalwell fire station Open Day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWRS) this summer. Swalwell Community Fire Station, on Market Lane will throw open its doors to residents on Saturday, 1 July from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and fire safety information. Attractions include free face painting and children's rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments. Display stands from partner agencies include Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service. Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise...

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Fire: Operation Black Kite staged at Fire HQ

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service host national Multi-Agency training exercise Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service (TWFRS) has led a national multi-agency training exercise to test emergency responses and urban search and rescue. The exercise, which lasted 5 days and was hosted across both TWFRS' training centre in Barmston and at Washington Service Station, played out the scenario of an aircraft crashing into a building, leading to its collapse. TWFRS Assistant Chief Officer, Alan Robson commented: “It's essential that we regularly test our personnel and equipment within challenging situations. These exercises are fantastic opportunities to bring together blue-light services and other key partners, within realistic settings, to explore how well our protocols work and how we operate together to save and protect lives.” TWFRS worked closely with its local emergency service partners – Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), Great North Air Ambulance and Newcastle City Council, as well...

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Fire: Northumbria's PCC joins Fire Authority

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner becomes a member of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. On Monday 19th June, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority considered a request from the Police and Crime Commissioner to become a Member of the Authority, as enabled by the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The Authority considered that closer working with the Police and Crime Commissioner would ensure: • continued collaboration between Police, Fire and Rescue Services; • further opportunities for sharing premises, support services and joint procurement; • greater alignment of the Police and Crime Plan and the Integrated Risk Management Plan; • further opportunities for joint public consultation on service changes and developments; • a shared focus on mutually agreed areas of targeted community risk. The Authority therefore agreed the request and invited the Police and Crime Commissioner to join. The Chairman said, “Looking to the future...

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Fire: Fire Chief to be rescued from the Tyne

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), will be rescued from the River Tyne in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of open water. On Sunday 25th June, TWFRS together with Northumbria Police, RNLI and NE1 are hosting a water safety event aimed at highlighting the dangers of open water and the effects of cold water shock. The event will take place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne and Newcastle Quayside. Water Rescue Crews from Newcastle East Fire Station will be on hand to provide advice, guidance and education near to the Millenium Bridge on the quayside. TWFRS and the RNLI will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river, one of which will be the Chief. Fire service and RNLI vehicles and stalls will be set up on the quayside, showcasing the water rescue equipment, providing water safety advice and distributing water safety education leaflets. TWFRS volunteer and guest speaker Beckie Ramsay will also be...

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Fire: Firefighter at heart of the community

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighter Carl Bell has spearheaded a campaign to install two potentially lifesaving defibrillators in Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. Carl, who was born and raised in Chopwell, has been a firefighter for 24 years. In November 2016 he began to raise money for a public access defibrillator, hoping to attach it to Chopwell Fire station ensuring it was accessible to the entire village. Using social media, Carl gauged public opinion asking for assistance, the response was overwhelming and donations flooded in. In December 2016, the village held its annual Christmas parade, organised by the crew from Chopwell Fire Station, it saw Santa Claus himself, riding on a fire engine giving sweets to children and taking donations towards the defibrillator. By February this year Carl was able to approach a local charity asking if they could assist with the purchase of the defibrillator and security box. The charity 'Northeast Hearts with Goals' helped with the purchase of the units and registering them with the ambulance...

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Fire: Fire service community open days

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
We are holding a series of open days. So why not come along and have a fun day. There will be firefighting demonstrations, raffle, stalls and lots of other activities. The stations will be open from 11am to 3pm. The dates are: Swalwell: 1 July - join the Swalwell event on Facebook Tynemouth: 8 July - join the Tynemouth event on Facebook Gosforth: 15 July - join the Gosforth event on Facebook Farringdon: 29 July South Shields: 26 August Come and see what your fire service has to offer.


Fire: Club owner prosecuted for breaching fire regulations

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The owner of a private member's club in Sunderland has pleaded guilty of failing to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Kathrine High, the sole trader of Vivente on Hudson Road in the city, appeared at Sunderland's Magistrates Court this morning. Acting on information from the public, officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service inspected the premises on 22nd April 2015 and found several contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Court found that Kathrine High had failed in her duties to take general fire precautions; carry out a Fire Risk Assessment; provide appropriate measures for fire detection, and provision of clear and available emergency routes and exits. Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It is always our preferred option to work closely with the business community to provide fire safety education and information. But where necessary we will not hesitate to...

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Fire: School children find out why Safety Works!

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

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Fire: A woman dies as a result of a house fire

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

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Fire: Fire crews to carry out 'hot strike' following major blaze in Whitley Bay

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

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