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Fire: Firefighters deal with fewer incidents over Bonfire weekend

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The total number of incidents dealt with by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service over the Bonfire weekend were down by 40% compared to 2017. Bonfire night itself saw our Control Room deal with 564 calls and since November 1 we handled 960 calls in total. TWFRS Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said: “I'd like to thank our firefighters for their hard work and professionalism throughout the Bonfire weekend and in the weeks in the run up. They have continued to keep our communities safe – sometimes under extreme challenges. “I'd like to thank our Control Room staff who were able to assist our crews on the ground by managing calls on the busiest evening over the Bonfire weekend. They went back to callers to check on the status and seriousness of fires before sending out crews, making sure life safety was our priority. “I'd also like to thank our partner agencies and local schools across Tyne and Wear for their support in communicating important safety advice which has obviously had a very...

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Fire: Unacceptable abuse of firefighters in Sunderland on Bonfire Night

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Marley Park Firefighters were subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse while attending car fires in Southwick, Sunderland last night. Initially we were called out to a car fire at 17.22 yesterday afternoon at Greystone Place, where a car had been driven into a bonfire. However the crews were subjected to missiles and fireworks by a group of youths – aged between about 10 and 19 - who then attempted to barricade the fire engine into the street. Fortunately the crews were able to withdraw. However, the crews returned to the area, just after 19.00, following a further report of a car on fire. Yet again they were set about with fireworks and other missiles. Fortunately there were no injuries to either firefighters or appliances. TWFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson commented: “This takes the abuse against our firefighters to a new unacceptable level. These are dedicated professional people whose job it is to protect our communities. Not only did they have to suffer objects –...

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Fire: Have your say on how we respond to incidents at our public consultation events

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following yesterday's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents. The consultation will run from Monday November 5th and conclude on Monday January 14th and the public are invited to attend five consultation events across the region. Wednesday 21 November Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 6-7:30pm.Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 10 Frank Street, Wallsend NE28 6RN Thursday 22 November Kenton Sports Centre 6-7:30pm Kenton Sports Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3LN Monday 26 November Gateshead Civic Centre 6-7:30pm Gateshead Civic Centre Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH Tuesday 27 November Jarrow Hub 6-7:30pm Jarrow Community Centre Cambrian Street Jarrow NE32 3QN Thursday 29 November Washington Academy 6-7:30pm Washington Academy Spout Lane Washington NE37 2AA The survey for the general public is available on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/IRMP2018 and will be publicised on the Service's social media platforms.


Fire: Fira Authority Agree Response Consultation

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
At today's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents. Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther commented: “To ensure we are a sustainable and flexible fire and rescue service, continuing to deliver an excellent service for our communities, our finite resources must be applied to where the greatest risks are in Tyne and Wear. That analysis has resulted in three proposals for change. I would urge our communities to get involved in our consultation – it's your views which will help shape your fire and rescue service for now and the years to come. “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has faced some of the worst funding settlements across fire and rescue in England since austerity began in 2010. By 2019/20 we will see a 19% budget cut by £11.3m to £48.1m. We have also had to manage higher costs faced by the Authority such as inflation and pay awards which means we have...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Response proposals to be discussed by Fire Authority

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The future of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) operational response will be discussed by the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority at its meeting on Monday 5th November at 10.30am. Three proposals for change will be the basis of a 10-week public consultation, subject to the Fire Authority's approval, starting on the 5th November and running until 14th January 2019. The changes are driven by financial pressures butwill prepare the Service for a future that will involve meeting the challenges of a changing demand for its services. They will also help to ensure the service retains its continued commitment to remain sustainable as reductions in funding continue to affect its overall budget. TWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has faced some of the worst funding settlements across fire and rescue in England since austerity began in 2010. By 2019/20 we will have seen a 19% budget cut by £11.3m to £48.1m. We have...

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Fire: Operation Extinguish launched to tackle anti-social behaviour in Southwick

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A week long operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Southwick, Sunderland launches today. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and housing provider Gentoo are working together for Operation Extinguish. It will run for seven days from Monday 29 October until Sunday 4 November to tackle anti-social behaviour in Southwick, Sunderland. Our operational crews will be targeting local businesses to provide information on arson prevention and the importance of reporting fly-tipping to the local council. TWFRS, Head of Prevention and Education Grant Brotherton said: “Our statistics show that the Southwick and Redhill area has the highest rate for deliberate secondary fires. Since April 2017 our crews have attended 349 deliberate fires in the area. “Not only do deliberate fires present huge risks to the perpetrators, cause damage to local properties and the environment, they also present a challenge to us. If we are...

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Fire: Tragic weekend for Tyne and Wear as two lose their lives in separate house fires

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Two men have lost their lives in separate house fires in Sunderland and in Newcastle. On Friday 19 th October, at 6:20pm firefighters from Sunderland Central, Marley Park and Farringdon Community Fire Stations arrived on scene to tragically discover the body of a 56 year old man at a property in Mariners Square, Sunderland. The fire had extinguished prior to the arrival of the firefighters, who ventilated the property and isolated the gas supply. It is suspected that the fire was caused by smoking materials. The second fire occurred earlier this morning, when three crews from Gosforth and Byker were called to a property at Belle Grove West at 12:25am. The crews discovered a 43 year old man in a first floor bedroom. Fire crews and paramedics carried out CPR at the scene, before he was taken to hospital where very sadly he died. A second 36 year old man, was located outside the property where he was handed over to paramedics and taken to hospital. The fire investigation...

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Fire: Could you Live with this?

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service hopes that this year's Bonfire period is one of the safest on record. We are committed to doing whatever we can to make sure that the coming Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire season is a safe and happy one for everyone – and that includes our own staff. This year we have worked with Connor Rowntree who we previously worked with in 2012, to produce a film about his journey from that day back in May 2009 when he was involved in a house fire that changed his life forever. “Could you live with this?” is the real-life story of a young man from Sunderland, who was involved in a fire at home and received 90% burns/injuries to his whole body. Conner's story is a graphic and shocking account of his life after the fire and into adulthood. The film – which we are showing to secondary school pupils – is a powerful and shocking reminder of the dangers of fire. The campaign also focuses upon the associated candle risks to the general public during Diwali, through to Halloween and onto risks from...

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Fire: Operation Clean Sweep to tackle anti-social behaviour in Hendon

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and housing provider Gentoo are working together to address anti-social behaviour in the Hendon area of Sunderland. On Monday 15th October, representatives launched the two-day initiative – Operation Clean Sweep - at 'Back on the Map' in Hendon, with the aim of preventing deliberate fires and to educate local businesses on arson prevention. In addition TWFRS will have firefighters, prevention and education teams, fire safety and volunteers on hand over today and tomorrow to conduct Home Safety Checks at addresses where we believe properties have not received a check, or where we understand there are no smoke alarms. Our operational crews will be targeting local businesses to provide information on arson prevention and the importance of reporting fly-tipping to the local council. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Area Manager – Community Safety, Lynsey McVay commented: “Our statistics...

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Fire: Businesses are reminded they need a licence to store and sell fireworks

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
All businesses who plan to sell and store fireworks for Diwali and/or Bonfire Night are reminded that they need an up to date explosives licence enabling them to safely store fireworks. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Area Manager Lynsey McVay, said: “Not having a valid licence to store fireworks is a criminal offence and can lead to an unlimited fine, two years imprisonment or both. However the process is very simple businesses just need to request an inspection through our website, the inspection will then be arranged within 28 days.” TWFRS Fire Safety Inspectors can help businesses through this process by carrying out inspections to ensure that fireworks are stored legally and safely in accordance with the Explosives Regulations 2014. To request advice or apply for an explosives licence please visit our website and request an inspection using the online form www.twfire.gov.uk/community-safety/business/fireworks-explosive-regulations/ In recent years, TWFRS...

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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Firefighters deal with fewer incidents over Bonfire weekend
Unacceptable abuse of firefighters in Sunderland on Bonfire Night
Have your say on how we respond to incidents at our public consultation events
Fira Authority Agree Response Consultation
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Response proposals to be discussed by Fire Authority

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