SafetyWorks!, an innovative interactive safety centre in Newcastle, is celebrating a 40% rise in visitors over the past three years.
The centre, managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police, St. John's Ambulance, Nexus and local councils, welcomed 14,500 visitors through its doors last year, seeing a year on year increase for the last 8 years.
The state-of-the art interactive learning facility includes a mock-up, purpose built mini 'town' with a supermarket, metro station, hospital, police station, park and even a 'house'. It's in each of these settings that a range of safety talks and courses are delivered to school children, the elderly and vulnerable people from across Tyne and Wear.
SafetyWorks! is also the first facility of its kind to offer education for young people on the dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and ways to seek help and support.
This learning takes place in a brand new 'community hub'...
A man from Whitley Bay who rescued a pensioner from his burning home last month has been honoured for his bravery. Paul JARVIS, 63 came to Fire Service HQ today, Monday July 17 to receive the thanks of Tyne & Wear Fire Authority for his actions on 16th June. Mr Jarvis, a retired builder was driving along Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay on his way home after work, when he noticed a fire visible inside the property, with dense fire gases coming from a first floor window. He parked up and ran to the house, entered through the front door and discovered a fire in the hallway. As he went through to the kitchen he found the 84-year-old occupant in a confused and disorientated state from the effects of smoke inhalation. Paul led the pensioner out of the property to safety, fire crews then quickly arrived and the victim received medical treatment for smoke and burns to his left leg. Mr Jarvis was given oxygen for the effects of smoke. He also looked after the pensioner's pet dog for a time until it was safe for...
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to hear a young autistic boy who came to see us last September has been given a royal seal of approval for his work promoting the Fire Fighters Charity. Andrew Impey, who is 11 years old and from Portsmouth, came to see us at service HQ in Washington last September. He is pictured with some of our crews plus Deborah Garland, from the National Autistic Society, fire dog Spencer and also Memphis, who is owned by Spencer's handler, Darren. Andrew has just been named as one of 750 outstanding young people across the world to be honoured with a Diana Award, recognising those who were judged to embody Princess Diana's qualities of kindness, compassion and service. So far Andrew has raised over £2,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity by attempting to visit every fire station in the UK. Hestarted raising funds for the charity after a visit to one of his local fire stations in Hampshire in December 2014. Kirstine Impey, Andrew's mum, said; “This award is recognition of what...
Residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWRS) this summer. Tynemouth Community Fire Station, on Preston Road North, North Shields (NE29 9PY) will throw open its doors to residents this Saturday, 8 July from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and fire safety information. Attractions include free face painting and children's rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments. Display stands from partner agencies include Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service. Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to...
From Monday July 3rd, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) will start a programme of visits to all of the area's high rise buildings (of 6 floors and more). Over the coming weeks each of the 182 buildings will receive a visit from TWFRS crews, Fire Safety and Prevention and Education (P&E) teams. This is a continuation of the Service's ongoing safety and reassurance campaign, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Alan Robson, TWFRS Assistant Chief Officer, commented: “We know that following the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, many residents in high rise homes have been concerned about fire safety in their buildings. The facts are that the levels of fire safety compliance in high-rise dwellings across Tyne and Wear is very high. But we also know that some residents have been unsettled by recent events, and we are here to provide them with the reassurance that they need." "Since the tragedy we have been working with local authorities and other housing...
A partnership between South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Serviceis to provide firefighters with a rare opportunity to train in a real life setting for the challenges presented by high rise buildings. Westmorland Court in Hebburn, which is due for demolition, will be the site for live training exercises in a controlled environment. High rise building fires are some of the most potentially dangerous situations firefighters have to deal with, presenting the greatest safety risk to local communities and to firefighters. The buildings typically have complex layouts and present significant physical demands. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will use the building to train firefighting crews from across the area in a range of techniques and scenarios. This will include use of the latest firefighting technology, potentially reshaping firefighting procedures. The exercise, which has been planned for over a year, will also present an opportunity for local...
The owner of a convenience store in Sunderland has been ordered to pay £1,700 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of Article 27 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Usman Ali, who owns Ray's Discount Store in Villette Road, Hendon, was fined for failing to reply to Article 27 letters sent by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. He was also ordered to pay the full amount of legal costs totalling £600, plus a victim surcharge of £100.
Earlier this year, Mr Ali did not attend the initial court hearing and, after deciding to proceed in his absence, Sunderland magistrates found the case brought against him by Tyne and Wear Fire Authority proven on 29 March 2017.
The court heard that an officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service went to the store on 23 August 2016 to carry out a fire safety audit. However, as there was only one staff member present and Mr Ali was unavailable, it was not possible to conduct the audit at this time.
Residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWRS) this summer.
Swalwell Community Fire Station, on Market Lane will throw open its doors to residents on Saturday, 1 July from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and fire safety information.
Attractions include free face painting and children's rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments.
Display stands from partner agencies include Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service.
Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking.
Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise...
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service host national Multi-Agency training exercise
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service (TWFRS) has led a national multi-agency training exercise to test emergency responses and urban search and rescue. The exercise, which lasted 5 days and was hosted across both TWFRS' training centre in Barmston and at Washington Service Station, played out the scenario of an aircraft crashing into a building, leading to its collapse.
TWFRS Assistant Chief Officer, Alan Robson commented:
“It's essential that we regularly test our personnel and equipment within challenging situations. These exercises are fantastic opportunities to bring together blue-light services and other key partners, within realistic settings, to explore how well our protocols work and how we operate together to save and protect lives.”
TWFRS worked closely with its local emergency service partners – Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), Great North Air Ambulance and Newcastle City Council, as well...
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner becomes a member of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority.
On Monday 19th June, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority considered a request from the Police and Crime Commissioner to become a Member of the Authority, as enabled by the Policing and Crime Act 2017.
The Authority considered that closer working with the Police and Crime Commissioner would ensure:
• continued collaboration between Police, Fire and Rescue Services;
• further opportunities for sharing premises, support services and joint procurement;
• greater alignment of the Police and Crime Plan and the Integrated Risk Management Plan;
• further opportunities for joint public consultation on service changes and developments;
• a shared focus on mutually agreed areas of targeted community risk.
The Authority therefore agreed the request and invited the Police and Crime Commissioner to join.
The Chairman said, “Looking to the future...