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Fire: Police and Fire Service to host joint public meeting on water safety

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

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Fire: Tyne and Wear fire cadets to be honoured with national award at Buckingham Palace

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A group of Tyne and Wear fire cadets are heading to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 31 January to collect a national award for voluntary work in their local community. The West Denton fire cadet unit will receive the Youth United Social Action Award in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the Youth United Foundation. The group of 15 cadets, aged between 11 and 18, won the award for their work alongside young people from the North Benwell Youth Project in a community clean-up day in and around the Farndale Park area of Newcastle. Fire cadets living in the immediate area recognised the emerging problems and asked to be involved in the day of action to give something back to their community. They spent a day collecting 78kg of refuse from the back lanes of the area. In leading by example, the cadets not only physically removed the refuse but also encouraged other young people to become involved and understand the impact they can make to improve where...

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Fire: Fire and police chiefs issue warning about cannabis farms

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
People who set up cannabis farms in their homes are placing themselves and their neighbours in grave danger from fire, say Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police. A recent house fire in Croft Avenue in Sunderland highlighted the devastating consequences that can be caused by cultivating cannabis plants in domestic properties. The entire house was severely damaged and the fire spread to a neighbouring property, badly damaging its roof. The blaze, which happened on January 19, was tackled by 28 firefighters. It took four hose reels and a water jet on the ground, plus another hose reel operated from an aerial ladder platform, to put it out. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Apart from being illegal, cannabis farms present a clear danger to anyone in the house, their neighbours and firefighters. Often they are situated in attics and loft spaces, making it easier for fire to spread to adjoining properties. “In many...

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Fire: PARTNER RELEASE - Warning issued after mobile phone causes house fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Gateshead Council Trading Standards are issuing a joint warning to people to ensure they only use the proper chargers whenever they charge their phones. Their warning follows a house fire in Blaydon which was caused by a mobile phone overheating and causing the surface it was placed on to catch fire after it was connected to an incompatible USB plug. The phone had been left to charge in a bedroom, but within 20 minutes of the phone being connected to the charger the householder smelt smoke. When they opened the bedroom door to investigate they were confronted with a fire. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the property in Blaydon on 30 December 2016. There were no injuries. The burnt phone and charger were sent to Gateshead Council's testing laboratory where it was established that the phone and charger were incompatible and that this caused the phone to overheat. The problem was then further compounded by the fact the phone was...

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Fire: Sprinkler system saves recycling plant from fire damage

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A recycling plant in Gateshead was saved from serious damage thanks to a sprinkler system which activated after a fire broke out in the early morning of Monday, 16 January. Two Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Swalwell and Gateshead were called to the waste management company's premises after a compactor bailing machine caught fire shortly after 5am. The fire was caused by tightly compacted waste spontaneously combusting. The sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading further and is connected directly to the fire and rescue service, which alerted the control room to the fire. It was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, using a hose reel. Firefighters also used hi-tech Cobra equipment in the final stages of the incident to extinguish the rubbish on fire inside the compactor machine. Cobra uses a high pressure hose reel water jet system, which has the facility to draw abrasive into the water jet and can pierce through all common building materials. It...

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Fire: New fire and rescue service vehicle scales the heights

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Caption: L-R, Cllr Nick Forbes and Watch Manager Dave Summers Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has added a new aerial ladder platform (ALP) vehicle to its fleet to improve safety for the public and firefighters. The Bronto Skylift ALP is capable of reaching heights of up to 37m or 120ft, making it the fourth largest vehicle of its kind in the country and the largest in the North East region. It has the ability to reach the parapets of all bridges in the Tyne and Wear area, as well as high rise buildings, and will be used for firefighting, rescues and special services. The new vehicle will come into service at the end of February, replacing the oldest ALP in the Tyne and Wear fleet which is 15 years old. Cllr Nick Forbes, vice-chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority, braved the elements on Monday, 16 January to experience the ALP's capabilities at first hand. Cllr Forbes said: “This state of the art vehicle, which can reach the highest buildings and bridges in Tyne and Wear, is...

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Fire: Operation Hotspot for Meadowell

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Caption: From left, Ian Taylor, NCRC supervisor, Wayne Young, North Tyneside Council, and Watch Manager Mark Ledger, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) and North Tyneside Council have once again teamed up to tackle anti-social behaviour and fly tipping in North Shields. The latest Operation Hotspot is taking place between 13 and 18 December in the Meadowell area. It includes refuse uplifts, home safety checks by TWFRS crews, dog chipping, environmental cleansing and primary school education about anti-social behaviour and littering. For the first time, offenders from the Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (NCRC) are also involved in the clean up as part of the Community Payback initiative. They are cutting back shrubs and removing weeds and waste from the new Cedarwood Centre on Avon Avenue and the surrounding area. Other partners involved are Northumbria Police, Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter, Prince's Trust and Wallsend Boys Club. District Manager Graeme...

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Fire: North Tyneside firefighters honour late friends and colleagues with memorial garden

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighters from blue watch at Tynemouth Community Fire Station have created a memorial garden dedicated to three former friends and colleagues who recently lost their lives. Firefighters Charlie Smith and Rob Wright and station cleaner Liz Taylor are commemorated on a plaque within the garden area. Their relatives attended the opening of the memorial garden on Wednesday, 14 December. The garden was officially opened by the Mayor of North Tyneside, Cllr Norma Redfearn, who said: “This is one of the greatest honours for me. The memorial garden is a wonderful tribute to friends and colleagues of blue watch who recently passed away. It demonstrates the camaraderie and caring nature of the fire and rescue service.” Local companies donated free materials to help create the tribute which stands within the grounds of the fire station. TXM Rail provided railway sleepers; North East Stone gifted a large sandstone rock which includes a plaque given by Soled Out Cobblers. A...

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Fire: The elves are helping to support a merry and safe Christmas

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has launched its Christmas safety campaign, with the assistance of one of Santa's little helpers. During December 2015, TWFRS crews attended 46 accidental fires in homes, and this year's campaign is aimed at reducing this number. The campaign is being led through social media in the form of a virtual advent calendar featuring the Elf on the Shelf character. Every day between 1 and 25 December, the elf will post a different safety message on TWFRS social media channels with the hashtag #elfontheshelf to help people stay safe over the Christmas period. Safety messages will range from checking smoke alarms and fairy lights to not overloading electrical sockets and not cooking under the influence of alcohol. The campaign will also include road and water safety messages. Later this month, TWFRS will also launch a dedicated 12 Days of Christmas web page, with more detailed safety advice and tips based on Christmas themes. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris...

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Fire: Attacks on fire crews condemned

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has repeated concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour, as an incident at the weekend becomes the latest in a recent spate of attacks on fire crews. In the last six weeks there have been 11 attacks on firefighters, nine of which took place over the bonfire period. The latest incident happened on Friday night (25 November) in Newcastle, when a crew came under attack from youths throwing missiles at their vehicle. The Service's control room received a call at 7.43pm reporting a bonfire in the West Avenue area of Westerhope. When the crew from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station arrived at the scene their fire appliance was pelted with bottles by a gang of youths. Fortunately, none of the firefighters were injured in the attack, but the vehicle sustained a broken window and is currently off the road awaiting repairs which are expected to cost about £500. On the following afternoon (Saturday, 26 November) a crew attended a fire on the playing fields at Beech Hill...

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