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Fire: Hero school boy receives 'certificate of thanks' for helping community in New Ferry blast

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Hero school boy receives in New Ferry blast

Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges public to be water aware

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges public to be water aware

Fire: Company flouting fire regulations fined

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A Manchester company that breached numerous fire regulations has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and court costs.

T&A Textiles & Hosiery Ltd put its workers at risk at its warehouse in Newton Heath and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court following a prosecution by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.

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Specialist officers inspected the site in July 2014 as part of a multiagency operation led by Home Office Immigration officers.

The inspection revealed that a large warehouse on the site had:

-          No working fire alarm

-          All emergency exits either locked or blocked with no emergency lighting

-          Thousands of cardboard boxes with no clear breaks between stock or walkways for workers to escape

Officers also found that due to the layout of stock, a fire would develop quickly and would further reduce the likelihood workers could escape alive.

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Elizabeth Dudley Jones, prosecuting for the GMFRA, told the court: “There were severe deficiencies in...

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Fire: Enjoy yourself, but take care around water

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Keeping yourself safe around water is the message from fire chiefs at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Crews across Greater Manchester have rescued more than 235 people from water since January 2013.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun, but we really want to make sure that you’re safe.

“Even if it is a warm day, water can still be very cold and cause cramp and breathing difficulties which can affect your ability to swim and get out of trouble.

“Water can be far deeper and stronger than people think and there are unknown hazards that lie beneath the surface.”

24 people died as a result of getting into trouble in water over the last three years.


Paul added: “Water can be tempting especially when the weather is good, but the consequences can be fatal. Roughly half of people who drown had no intention of entering water in the first place.

“Please only swim somewhere safe, such as a swimming pool, but if you do see someone in an emergency,...

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Fire: Be water aware

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

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

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 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...

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Fire: Prince's Trust pride for young people

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A group of young people from West Salford have grown in confidence and helped their community thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team programme.


The team of five were the latest to graduate from the free scheme that is led and delivered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service across every borough in the county.


At an awards ceremony in the AJ Bell Stadium in front of dignitaries, family and friends, each of the participants gave a five-minute presentation, highlighting their time on the course and their favourite experiences.


The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course giving young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in employment, education or training the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence. The Service is now recruiting for other Team Programme’s running across Greater Manchester.


Graduating from the most recent course run from Eccles Community Fire Station was Laura Alberdi, 21, Lewis Blair, 20, Melissa Buckley,...

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Fire: Play your part in stopping wildfires

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FIREFIGHTERS across Greater Manchester are calling on people to take care when out enjoying the moors.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking the public to make sure they put any cigarettes out and take litter home to reduce the risk of wildfires starting.

GMFRS has attended 18 wildfires between January and April.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “If you are out on the moors please take extra care and don’t light any fires. Make sure you put out any cigarettes and take your litter home with you.

“Our moorlands are important habitats for wildlife and are a vital part of our environment but can take a long time to recover from a fire.

“Please report any fires by calling 999.”

Crews last night (Tuesday, April 11) attended a moorland fire approximately one kilometre square near Littleborough, battling against fading light to make the area safe.

Paul added: “These types of fires can be extremely challenging but our crews work tirelessly to bring them under control and make areas...

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Fire: Putting firefighting into perspective

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

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Fire: Students have designs on fire safety

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

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