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Fire: Emergency Services join forces to launch Bonfire Campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Emergency services across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are joining forces in the hope that this year's Bonfire period is one of the safest on record. Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner; Northumbria Police; Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are all committed to doing what they can to make sure that the coming Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire season is a safe and happy one for everyone – and that includes their own staff. This year, the services are uniting behind the use of the TWFRS' Ryan's Regret film, which featured the real-life story of a young man from Washington, who by playing with fireworks in his bedroom, received significant injuries to his hand. It's a graphic and shocking account, which has provided real impact especially during the fire services' school visits, in conjunction with Northumbria Police. Dame Vera Baird QC Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner commented: "This is a busy time for our emergency services who...

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Fire: Spate of Wheelie Bin fires in King Georges Field, Sunderland

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
There have been 23 rubbish fires – 9 of which were wheelie bins - in the King Georges Field area of Sunderland since August 2017 – with 4 occurring only last week. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hugely concerned with this spate of arson attacks and is advising householders to keep a close eye on their wheelie bins. TWFRS Watch Manager, Nicole Mordecai commented: “Sadly we are seeing an increase in deliberate fires to wheelie bins in the King Georges Field area. Last week we had 3 wheelie bin fires in the skate park and one on the playing fields. Not only is this a shameful waste of community resources, but importantly is incredibly dangerous – not just to the perpetrators - but also for any property tor people who could be nearby. Our worry is that as we approach the Bonfire season these incidents will only increase – bringing further untold risk to the community. It's essential that householders take reasonable care to ensure that their bin isn't stolen to be...

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Fire: As the Diwali and Bonfire season approaches Tyne and Wear businesses are reminded that they need a licence thrill to sell and store fireworks

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is reminding all businesses who plan to sell and store fireworks for Diwali and/or Bonfire Night that they need an up to date explosives licence enabling them to safely store fireworks. TWFRS, Area Manager Keith Carruthers, commented: “Not having a valid licence to store fireworks is a criminal offence and can lead to a unlimited fine, two years imprisonment or both. However the process is very simple. Businesses just need to request an inspection through our website, which will be arranged within 28 days.” TWFRS Fire Safety Inspectors will be carrying out inspections of premises throughout the area to ensure that fireworks are stored legally and safely in accordance with the Explosives Regulations 2014. Where this isn't the case, prosecution will be considered to ensure the safety of the public. In recent years, TWFRS has seen a number of incidents where Tyne...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear FRS supporting falls prevention week

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is playing its part in Falls Prevention Week (Friday 22nd September – Friday 28th September) by featuring in a film which will be seen in the waiting areas of GP Practices, Federations, Hospital Trusts and Local Authorities. The film also includes contributions from Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; NHS North Tyneside CCG; Newcastle University; County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; NEAS; Community Care and Health Forum and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. Developed by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, the film highlights the everyday dangers that could lead to a fall – all based around the acronym F.A.L.L.S. FIT for purpose: replace worn out slippers with soft shoes. Walking aids – do you need one? Check your ferrule AROUND the house: Clear clutter, loose wires and rugs. Ensure good lighting and handrails. Request a home hazard assessment LONG term conditions: See GP...

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Fire: Gateshead pupil wins star prize in road safety competition

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighters visited Dunston Hill Community Primary School this morning to help congratulate one of its star pupils Mathew Wright, aged 10 has won a 'highly commended' certificate in a poster competition organised by Brake, the road safety charity. Matthew wowed judges with his “slow down children around” message and has had his design turned into a large professional banner that will now go on display on the railings outside the entrance to the school, where it will be seen by hundreds of drivers every day. The poster also features Brake mascot, Zak the zebra. Matthew has also won a Hobbycraft voucher and a visit to the local fire station�� for himself and his classmates. He was among nearly 7,000 children, aged 4-11, from 500 schools who entered the national competition, sponsored by Co-op Insurance, and supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). The project hopes to inspire and engage children about the need for drivers to slow down...

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Fire: Firefighters attacked twice in one week

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Washington Firefighters attacked in Gateshead twice in one week TWFRS Blue Watch Firefighters and their Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) were attacked twice in one week (Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September) whilst responding to deliberately set fire incidents. The Washington-based crew had to face both verbal and physical attacks by young people, receiving foul mouthed abuse – whilst their emergency vehicle was pelted with stones. The attacks both occurred in the same location, the Beacon Lough Estate in Gateshead and those responsible were young people who were seen in the Craneville play park. TWFRS ACO Alan Robson commented: “These attacks are indefensible. They are not just insulting; they are endangering the lives of committed and dedicated firefighters whose sole purpose is to protect and save the lives and homes of everyone in our community. Damage to our TRV could also result in it being off the road and not available for emergency use. We are cooperating with our colleagues in...

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Fire: TWFRS hosts Gender Equality Conference

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hosting a national conference: Promoting Excellence in Gender Equality. The conference, which is being held (tomorrow) at its Barmston Headquarters on September 14th, 2017 is aiming to ensure that gender equality continues to improve within the workplace. Although it was over 42 years ago that the UK introduced the Equal Pay Act and the Sex Discrimination Act, gender inequality has not gone away. Whether it's the BBC paying its female staff less than its male staff or London Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer, Dany Cotton, having to take to Twitter to rebuke the media for using the word firemen rather than firefighters – it's clear that we still have some way to go to truly gain gender parity in the workplace. TWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther, who is chairing the conference, commented: “We need to challenge and move away from giving professions a gender bias. Any child today should be inspired by the career they want to follow not whether it is...

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Fire: Businesses urged to check fire safety measures

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
BUSINESSES across Tyne and Wear are being urged to check they are safe from the risks of fire. Today, Monday 11th September sees the launch of Business Safety Week, a campaign being promoted by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). The week has been scheduled at a time when many firms and companies will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run-up to the busy Christmas period. These new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. Fire safety inspectors believe the week is also an opportunity to remind employers of the need to review fire risk assessments and training, which will allow employers to make sure new and existing staff know the importance of fire safety. Fire can cause major disruption for businesses which is why Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is joining fire services across the country in...

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Fire: Cat rescued from chimney

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Crew Manager Stuart Hall and Firefighter Natalie Ahmed carried out a 'purr-fect' operation on Wednesday to rescue a cat stuck up a chimney. They used an aerial ladder platform to bring to safety Lacy the cat, who had been on the chimney in Gateshead, unable to get down for more than 24 hours. Lacy was then returned to her owner, no doubt reflecting on having used up one of her nine lives. Congratulations to Blue Watch for their smooth work, good to know this 'tail' had a happy ending. #notjustfires


Fire: Get your chimneys and flues cleaned!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
As autumn approaches so does Chimney Fire Safety Week. Now is an ideal time to have your chimney or flue swept, just before the start of the heating season and after what may have been a prolonged period of shut-down. • Fires and stoves that burn smokeless coals need to be cleaned at least once a year• Wood burners will need to be swept up to four times a year • Oil burning stoves and fires need servicing once a year• Gas fires and stoves will need to be serviced once a year as well Other obstructions can occur during the year and anything from bird nests to snow can congest your chimney – especially after long periods of not using it. The Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends finding your local HETAS approved chimney sweep to carry out the cleaning as they can provide you with a certificate of sweeping, which complies with the requirements for most home insurance companies. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors Testing these on a regular basis is a good habit to get into and weekly...

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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Emergency Services join forces to launch Bonfire Campaign
Spate of Wheelie Bin fires in King Georges Field, Sunderland
As the Diwali and Bonfire season approaches Tyne and Wear businesses are reminded that they need a licence thrill to sell and store fireworks
Tyne and Wear FRS supporting falls prevention week
Gateshead pupil wins star prize in road safety competition

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