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.”
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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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...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a two-day community engagement initiative in Sunderland after a weekend that saw a former bingo hall destroyed in a blaze, for which firefighters received unprecedented amounts of praise, and unfortunately three separate attacks on firefighters.
At the height of the fire in the building at The Green, Southwick, 50 firefighters were in attendance. All crews finally left the scene almost 24 hours after the alarm was raised just after 5.30pm on Friday, 3 February.
As this incident was ongoing, a firefighter was punched in the face by a youth while attending a fire at the TKT Cosyfoam factory in Lambton Lane, Houghton le Spring at around 7.40pm. The firefighter suffered bruising to his cheek but did not require hospital treatment.
Police are carrying out enquiries into the incident and are appealing for witnesses to call Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1052 030217 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Also on the evening of...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take care when using outdoor wood burners following a fire in Sunderland on Thursday 19 January.
David Roberts was working on his motorbikes in the yard at the rear of the house in Sorley Street, in the Millfield area, when the wood burner set light to a petrol container which was nearby.
The resulting fire destroyed two motorbikes, a car and two windows in the single storey extension at the back of the house.
Two crews from Sunderland Central and Farringdon community fire stations were called to the address at 8.50pm. The fire was extinguished using one water jet and two hose reels, with two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
The house did not have existing smoke alarms which would have alerted the family to the fire earlier. The fire and rescue service has since fitted new smoke alarms in the property.
Belinda Roberts said: “It was scary. If it wasn't for my son running into the living room and screaming 'get out, the house is...
Northumbria Police will be joined by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service next week for a live public meeting on water safety.
The police Marine Neighbourhood Policing Team will be joined by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Swift Water Rescue Team to speak to members of the public via an online Q&A session.
Between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday, February 2, representatives from both organisations will be responding to questions and offering advice.
The subject for the online session is a simple one:
“What would you like to see to improve water safety in the area and do you have any questions for the people who respond to water incidents?”
Organisers of the event want to hear from anyone who has concerns, suggestions or would like to raise a question so that they can build relationships with the community.
Those on hand to answer any questions include:
- From Northumbria Police: Sgt Suzanne Crossley and two further members of the Northumbria Police Marine NPT
- From Tyne and Wear...