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Fire: Fire Service makes pledge to protect terminally ill workers

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS has made an official pledge to protect colleagues who become terminally ill at work. The Service has joined the growing list of organisations supporting the rights of workers with a terminal illness by signing up to the TUC's Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter aims to combat discrimination against terminally ill workers and guarantee their rights and has more than 600,000 workers covered by the charter. Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Barry Curran said: “Our people are our Service, and their health and wellbeing is massively important to us. I'm really pleased we have signed this charter to set in stone our commitment to ensuring that any employee with a terminal illness has much needed security, stability and peace of mind.” The campaign began in 2016 following a Cancer diagnosis received by sales manager Jacci Woodcock in Derbyshire who subsequently lost her job. The Charter recognises that work can be a welcome, therapeutic distraction and this pledge ensures the...

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Fire: North East Fire and Rescue Services launch Firefighter Recruitment Campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Today, July 9th, sees the opening of the registration period to apply to be a firefighter with County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service ((NFRS) and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). For the last three weeks, all Services have been delivering a series of 'taster sessions' to help would-be firefighters understand many of the key aspects of the role – including some of the physical challenges that they need to overcome. Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at NFRS said: "Our firefighters work hard throughout the community in both rural and urban settings. As a whole time firefighter you have the opportunity to become a role model within the community while developing your skills and beginning a new career path. If you are interested, we encourage you to apply, you do not need to have previously attended a taster session in order to apply." Firefighters now deliver a variety of roles, from attending to...

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Fire: TWFRS Throwbag training leads to life-saving response

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS throw bag training leads to life-saving rescue from the River Tyne In the early hours of Sunday 1st July, a man was rescued from the River Tyne - thanks to throw bag-trained pub staff. Staff from By The River Brew Co recently received throw bag training from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). Throw bags are used to rescue conscious casualties who are able to assist themselves, they are thrown out to individuals within the water which allows the rescuer to then pull them to safety. Fortunately, due to the initiative carried out recently on the quay side, throw bags are now located along both sides of the river. At 2.25am on Sunday, staff from the company, based on Gateshead Quay, saw a man enter the water and attempt to swim across the river. One staff member located a throwbag and ran to the Swing Bridge where they could see the man in the water, near to the NE1 Pontoon. Following their training they shouted at the man and threw the bag for him to catch. His colleague dialled 999 to...

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Fire: Councillor Barry Curran appointed new Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A today's meeting of the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Councillor Barry Curran was appointed as the new Chair. Barry has been a Councillor for St. Peter's Ward in Sunderland since 2011 and is a former Mayor of Sunderland. Born in Monkwearmouth, Barry was a gas fitter for 40 years before leaving to join Gentoo's learning and development team. Commenting on his appointment, Barry said: “This is an exciting and challenging time to join the Fire Authority, especially with the new inspection regime starting for us, later on this year. I look forward to playing my part, along with all the other members of the Fire Authority, in ensuring we continue to deliver a great service for the communities of Tyne and Wear.” Cllr Nick Forbes was appointed as Vice Chair, of the Fire Authority. As well as the appointment of a new Chair, there are some new faces on the Fire Authority. The new members are: Cllr Tony Taylor – Sunderland City Council Cllr Richard Bell – Sunderland City...

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Fire: Great demand for Recruitment Taster Sessions

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
We had a great demand to our recruitment Taster Sessions - here are people being put through their paces! If you are still looking for a slot, there are very few available between Thursday 28 June and Sunday 1 July in County Durham and Darlington and Tyne and Wear. Please visit our website for further details on how to book a place. If you find a place but are unable to attend, please ensure you use the booking portal to cancel your place at least 24 hours prior to the event so that someone else is able to take it NB: We are making a note of those who do not attend and who have not cancelled their slot.

Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service welcomes HMICFRS recognition of Safetyworks!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Sir Tom Winsor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary has just published his State of Policing 2017. Within the report, SafetyWorks! – an interactive safety centre based in Newcastle - receives particular praise for its work focussed upon keeping people safe. The Centre was set up and managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) working in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police and other interested parties. The report states: “Preventing crime is not only about tackling its causes. We also need to do what we can to make ourselves safer. Initiatives such as SafetyWorks! in Northumbria are taking a rounded view of this problem. SafetyWorks! promotes safety through a range of interactive scenarios for young people and community groups. These include actions that keep people safe, such as installing smoke alarms and dealing with bogus callers. They also include activities designed to deter children from...

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Fire: New 'housemates' welcomed to West Denton Fire Station!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
West Denton Community Fire Station recently welcomed the latest addition to their site with Northumbria Blood Bikes becoming the latest emergency and community service to operate from the west Newcastle facility. Along with the North East Ambulance Service and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue team, Northumbria Blood Bikes will continue to deliver blood to hospitals across the North East. Group Manager Peter Iveson, Head of Service Delivery, North which covers the Newcastle and North Tyneside areas said: “It's a great pleasure to welcome Northumbria Blood Bikes into West Denton. “Like Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, they provide an essential service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all of our staff are looking forward to welcoming them into our home.” The volunteer organisation supplies vital medical supplies out-of-hours to healthcare sites in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Darlington. They carry out this service free of charge to help save the NHS...

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Fire: TWFRS Plan Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther, has today announced that TWFRS is to recruit whole-time firefighters, with a campaign starting in early July. The Service is currently working on the campaign, and more details will be released in July. For those interested, the Service has asked that you wait to submit your application or seek additional information on the roles, once the campaign is launched in July.

Fire: Implementation of the final phase of changes to crewing levels

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
In December 2017, the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority approved the previously agreed proposal to change the level of crewing from 5 to 4, on fire engines at 9 stations. This was an essential decision in order for the Service to balance available resources against risks to firefighters and the community. The implementation of the decision was phased, with four stations – Wallsend, Marley Park, Hebburn and Birtley - all having 4 firefighters in their crews from 1st January 2018. The final phase of the decision will now be implemented at 9am on June 1st, with West Denton, Newcastle Central, Rainton Bridge, Sunderland Central and Swalwell Community Firestations all 'riding' with a crew of 4. Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson commented: “Since the implementation of the Fire Authority's decision in January 2018, we have closely monitored the first four stations that adopted the change. This information has further confirmed our belief that in making the change we would not increase risk...

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Fire: Lynsey McVay appointed as Area Manager responsible for Community Safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has appointed, Lynsey McVay as its new Area Manager, responsible for Community Safety. Lynsey joins from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, where she was Group Manager – Service Delivery. Lynsey began her career as a firefighter in September 2000 at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, where she progressed through the ranks to the post of Temporary Group Manager. She moved to Cheshire FRS in May 2015, where she undertook the role of Group Manager responsible for the Operational Policy and Assurance department. Commenting on her appointment, Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther said: “Lynsey is a great addition to our senior team. She brings a wealth of operational and leadership experiences which will help us improve the services we offer and deliver across the communities of Tyne and Wear. This is a very challenging and exciting time for us, as we approach our first HMICFRS inspection. Lynsey's breadth of knowledge and passion for protecting...

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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Fire Service makes pledge to protect terminally ill workers
North East Fire and Rescue Services launch Firefighter Recruitment Campaign
TWFRS Throwbag training leads to life-saving response
Councillor Barry Curran appointed new Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority
Great demand for Recruitment Taster Sessions

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