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Fire: Praise for crews who dealt with Ryhope explosion

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Speaking in the wake of this morning's house explosion in Ryhope, near Sunderland, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, John Baines said the emergency services and other agencies had worked together very effectively to deal with a 'challenging' incident. "On arrival our crews were faced with a casualty trapped in an unstable and collapsed structure. Firefighters acted quickly to rescue the resident, in difficult and dangerous conditions. "Working closely with Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and the local authority we deployed our Urban Search and Rescue teams, including Spencer, our search dog. They specialise in responding to buildings which have structurally collapsed. We also used our command unit and aerial drone to support operations. "Once again our crews and those of all the emergency services have demonstrated dedication and professionalism as they worked together in such a challenging incident. Over the coming days we will continue to work with our police colleagues to determine the cause of this explosion."


Fire: House destroyed by explosion in Ryhope

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
At around 8.50am today, emergency services were called to an address Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland following a report of an explosion. Two houses have been affected by the incident. Northumbria officers along with North East Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance and Tyne & Wear Fire Brigade attended the scene. There is currently a 30m cordon in place with the road closed and people are being asked to avoid the area. Residents of Rosslyn Avenue have been evacuated for their safety. One woman has been taken to the RVI, her condition is described as serious but stable. All other residents affected are now safe and have been accounted for. The former library on Black Road has been opened for evacuated residents. TWFRS assets deployed at the scene include the USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team and Spencer, the fire rescue dog. Police can confirm that this incident has no link to terrorism activity and an investigation into the circumstances of the explosion will begin in due course.


Fire: Club owner sentenced for breaching fire regulations

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The owner of a private member's club in Sunderland was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to five offences of failing to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Kathrine High, the sole trader of Vivente on Hudson Road in the city, received a six-month custodial sentence suspended for twelve months, 20 days rehabilitation supervision and an electronically monitored curfew Ms High, initially appeared at Newcastle Crown Court Wednesday 9th August 2017. Acting on information from the public, officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service inspected the premises on 22nd April 2015 and found several contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Court found that Kathrine High had failed in her duties to take general fire precautions; carry out a Fire Risk Assessment; provide appropriate measures for fire detection, and provision of clear and available emergency routes and exits Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson, from Tyne and...

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Fire: Youngsters complete Phoenix course in Gateshead

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A group of teenagers👬 from Gateshead have completed a four-day 'Phoenix' course run by Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue🚒 and Gateshead Council. The course, for those aged between 12 and 17 aims to change attitudes and🤔behaviour, instill confidence👨‍🚒 and self-esteem, encourage self-discipline and develop team working and social skills. 💪 Assistant Chief Officer Alan Robson, said: "As well as educating young people about the dangers of fire, fire setting and hoax calls, the activities have a range of other benefits. "They can help build self-confidence, general safety awareness and social responsibility, all of which help the community to be safe."


Fire: Please bring your bins back in!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Bring your bins back in! Firefighters in Sunderland were called out to deal with numerous wheelie bin fires last night in the Millfield and St Michael's area. In total there were six incidents between 7.45pm and midnight on Wednesday. All were dealt with by crews using the Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) which frees up the larger vehicles for more serious incidents.�� It seems Wednesday was refuse collection day in some streets in the area and unfortunately it looks as though the bins targeted were those that had been emptied, but not brought back inside the grounds of the owner's property. Northumbria Police have been informed and are investigating, anyone with information which may help their enquiries should call police on 101.�� TWFRS is asking residents to help by bringing their bins back in as soon as possible, nce they've been emptied.


Fire: Metro posters promote water safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Posters have gone up at six Tyne and Wear Metro stations to help promote a multi-agency campaign aimed at preventing tragedies in the water. The campaign brings together the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the Royal National Lifeboat (RNLI), Northumbria Police and Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). The various agencies are all promoting the “Don't Drink and Drown” campaign which has been designed to coincide with the school holidays. It reminds young people of the dangers associated with drinking alcohol and entering the water. As part of the campaign specially-designed posters (see attached photo) are now displayed on platforms at the Metro stations in Whitley Bay; Tynemouth; South Shields; South Gosforth; Cullercoats and at Monument in Newcastle. Other posters, bearing similar warning and advice are also being displayed on all Metro carriages until the end of this month. Station Manager, Jeff Boath (community safety) from TWRS said; “The campaign is a great example of what can...

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Fire: TWFRS picks up prestigious RoSPA award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service (TWFRS) is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. This is the eleventh time TWFRS has achieved the award and having won the gold award for ten consecutive years it has also previously received the RoSPA President's Award in recognition of this achievement. TWFRS achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow hotel on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary. Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants' overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year. Assistant Chief...

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Fire: Youngster gets 'behind the scenes' trip to fire station

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A little boy who was worried about fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster is now feeling happier after a visit to his local fire station. Bobby Winthrop is a bright four-year-old who lives in South Shields. His mum, Nichola contacted Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue after Grenfell Tower to say Bobby had been asking questions about firefighters and if any of them were based locally. He had asked if he could draw a picture and write a letter for the men and women who go into buildings and help keep everyone safe. Station Manager, Ian Cuskin arranged for Bobby to come and visit last weekend. Firefighters Preston Brown and Jonny Ramanayake then showed him around and even let him try out some of the equipment! “Bobby is very intelligent for his age and takes a keen interest in the world, but he can get easily scared due to development issues,” said Nichola. “He had a great time at the fire station and the staff who looked after him were just fantastic. He didn't want to leave, but before he did they made sure to give him some colouring things and a story book. All in all, a wonderful day and such inspirational staff.”


Fire: School's out and so are the safety messages!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Once again, the Summer Safety Campaign at SafetyWorks! has been very successful with over 1,600 primary school children from Tyne and Wear The children took part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water, beach and road safety just in time for the summer holidays. The SafetyWorks! team provided information about how to stay safe when playing outside and at barbecues, RNLI Lifeguards delivered sessions around water and beach safety and Northumbria Police provided advice on Stranger Danger. Other agencies involved in the campaign were St John Ambulance and local road safety officers. Teachers who attended with their class gave very positive feedback about their visit: Kathrine Holmes from Albany Village Primary in Washington said, “The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to SafetyWorks. Thank you for a well organised, interesting and highly useful session. It was so engaging and pupils have taken lots from the experience. We will follow up the session by completing some project work based...

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Fire: Fire crew's first aid skills help young cyclist

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
On Monday evening a young cyclist fell from his bike at the rear of South Shields fire station. Zak Johnson, who is 12 years old and lives locally also hit his head on a piece of concrete. He made it to the front of the building before collapsing, where he was discovered by firefighters. A crew from Green Watch (pictured above) placed a spinal collar on the youngster, gave him oxygen and kept him comfortable until paramedics arrived. He was then placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to South Tyneside General Hospital. The crew were also assisted by an off-duty nurse who was in the area. Thankfully a later update from the hospital confirmed Zak had been discharged after a check up – fortunately he didn't require treatment.




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Praise for crews who dealt with Ryhope explosion
House destroyed by explosion in Ryhope
Club owner sentenced for breaching fire regulations
Youngsters complete Phoenix course in Gateshead
Please bring your bins back in!

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