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Fire: Lloyds Pharmacy teams up with fire service to spread water safety messages

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A Gateshead pharmacy is helping to spread the message about keeping safe near water in a unique partnership with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Lloyds Pharmacy in Teams is using their Healthy Living Table to showcase key water safety messages including the dangers of drinking and drowning, being careful when going out for a run or walking near open water and how to keep children safe in swimming pools and the sea. Diane Carr Lloyds Pharmacy branch manager said: “I was at the Quayside and saw the fire service in the water doing the rescue demonstrations and went over to watch. I hadn't heard about Cold Water shock before and hearing first-hand the devastating consequences from family of those who have lost someone really brought it home to me. “I approached firefighter Tommy Richardson and got the ball rolling to help spread these important water safety messages to hopefully save even just one life.” Each Lloyds Pharmacy has a Healthy Living Table which promotes...

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Fire: Firefighter rescue on the Tyne leads to Fire Authority Awards

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Chair, Cllr. Barry Curran, today presented Byker Firefighter, Robert Brown, with a Meritorious Conduct Award for his bravery in rescuing a man who had jumped from the High Level Bridge into the River Tyne on 25th June 2018. TWFA Chair, Barry Curran commented: “Firefighter Brown was extremely brave and faced considerable physical challenges – especially when swimming against the current to rescue the man. However, his dedication and focus in a dynamically evolving situation, is a testament to his courage and commitment to saving lives. He is a credit to the fire service and his profession.” Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther also presented a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation to members of Byker Green Watch. Firefighters from Green, Blue and Red Watch were all involved at the incident. They were: Crew Manager, Mick Connolly; Firefighter Paul Salters; Firefighter Martin Scott; Firefighter Paul Manderson; Firefighter Tommy Richardson; Firefighter Dave Owen,...

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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.This comes as part of the launch of Business Safety Week, a campaign promoted by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) which runs from 10-16 September. The week encourages all businesses to double check they have taken the steps required by law to protect their business, employees and the public from fire. Advice will also be given on preventing arson attacks, reducing false alarms, and if needed fire safety advice for premises with sleeping accommodation. TWFRS Head of Fire Safety Richie Rickaby said: “We work with businesses all year round supporting them in complying with the latest fire safety legislation and helping them to make sure that customers and employees are as safe as possible. “This week provides a special focus for business fire safety and we are urging all businesses in Tyne and Wear to think about fire safety as they prepare for the busy winter shopping period. “While TWFRS supports...

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Fire: Fire Service Community Open Day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tynemouth Community Fire Station is having an open day from 11am until 3pm on Saturday 11 August. There will be firefighting demonstrations, stalls and lots of other fun activities. So come along and see what your Fire Service has to offer! Tynemouth Community Fire Station Preston North Road North Shields


Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Statement of Accounts 2017-18. Annual Governance Statement and Notice of Conclusion of Audit.

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Today we have published our Statement of Accounts 2017-18, with associated documents: Annual Governance Statement and Notice of Conclusion of Audit.


Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Statement of Accounts 2017-18

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Today we have published our Statement of Accounts 2017-18, with associated Narrative Statement. please see the attached documents.


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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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Lloyds Pharmacy teams up with fire service to spread water safety messages
Firefighter rescue on the Tyne leads to Fire Authority Awards
Businesses urged to check fire safety measures
Fire Service Community Open Day
Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Statement of Accounts 2017-18. Annual Governance Statement and Notice of Conclusion of Audit.

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