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Fire: Fire chiefs continue safety checks and offer public reassurance following Grenfell Tower blaze

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

 

Fire safety teams in Norfolk are continuing to make home visits and reassure the public about the safety of tower blocks across the county following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Staff from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are working closely with Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards team, district councils and housing associations to speak to people living in mid-rise blocks and individual homes about home safety.

The latest work follows NFRS’s visits, immediately after the fire, to the county’s 10 high rise blocks (nine in Norwich, one in King’s Lynn) to carry out operational checks and reassure the community. They carried out detailed audits, checking the condition and presence of existing fire safety measures such as fire doors, dry riser water mains and notices.

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Protection and Prevention, said: “The safety of our Norfolk residents is our first priority. Following the devastating...

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Fire: Convenience store owner fined failing to provide information

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The owner of a convenience store in Sunderland has been ordered to pay £1,700 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of Article 27 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Usman Ali, who owns Ray's Discount Store in Villette Road, Hendon, was fined for failing to reply to Article 27 letters sent by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. He was also ordered to pay the full amount of legal costs totalling £600, plus a victim surcharge of £100. Earlier this year, Mr Ali did not attend the initial court hearing and, after deciding to proceed in his absence, Sunderland magistrates found the case brought against him by Tyne and Wear Fire Authority proven on 29 March 2017. The court heard that an officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service went to the store on 23 August 2016 to carry out a fire safety audit. However, as there was only one staff member present and Mr Ali was unavailable, it was not possible to conduct the audit at this...

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Fire: Everton high-rise residence identified as not meeting cladding test criteria

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Everton high-rise residence identified as not meeting cladding test criteria


Fire: Fire risk alert over Hotpoint fridge freezers

Written by RSS Poster News

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Hotpoint has issued a safety alert about the fire risks of two of its fridge freezers and is urging customers to get in touch if they own an affected product.

The two fridge freezer models are:

  • FF175BP (White)
  • FF175BG (Graphite)

They were manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.

The model and serial number is usually located on a sticker between the salad container.

More specific details and Hotpoint’s contact details are available on their website.



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...

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Fire: Firefighters hold car wash to raise money for Violet-Grace Youens memorial garden

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters hold car wash to raise money for Violet-Grace Youens memorial garden


Fire: Fire risk alert issued over Beko appliances

Written by RSS Poster News

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BEKO has issued a safety alert about the fire risks of some of its appliances and are urging customers to get in touch if they own an affected product. 

Affected appliances include; Frost-Free Fridge Freezers, 8kg & 9kg Condenser Tumber Dryers, 6kg & 7kg Condenser Tumber Dryers and Gas Cookers. 

Click here for more specific details on the affected appliances and instructions on how to contact Beko. 

 



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...

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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,...

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Fire: High-rise residents reassured

Written by RSS Poster News

Jim Hutton, Area Manager and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead for the high-rise taskforce, said: “We are working closely with housing providers and local councils to ensure that high-rise building residents are safe - and feel safe - in their homes.

“We have carried out visits to more than 180 high-rise properties in Greater Manchester to identify any immediate issues which give us cause for concern.

“We will carry out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, of any building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. These inspections are detailed, taking in the region of two-and-a-half hours, and are aimed at identifying and mitigating risks. Results have now come back from 16 high-rise properties where cladding has failed, and we will have carried out these joint, detailed inspections in these buildings by the end of the day.

“We expect to receive further test results in the coming days and will prioritise inspecting those buildings that fail the test.

“Housing...

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