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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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Fire: Deptford Fire: ACO Alan Robson comments and latest Public Health Information

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following the fire at Alex Smiles Ltd, Deptford, Sunderland, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson, commented: “This continues to be an extremely challenging fire for us to deal with, particularly as there is 30,000 tonnes of waste and the fire is deep seated within the main building. Since Monday we have committed significant resources to fighting the fire – including 54 firefighters, 2 aerial ladder platforms, our High Volume Pump and we've also used our drone to provide us with vital intelligence on the fire. We are continuing to contain and cool the fire and reduce the level of smoke. We are working with all our partners to bring this incident to safe and successful conclusion for the local community and we are grateful for the support that they have already provided. Our main priorities are the safety of the community and that of our firefighters. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the work of our firefighters, and our Control...

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Fire: How happy are you with our service?

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
We want to make sure that our communities continue to get a high quality service from us. And that's where you come in. Your views on how we deliver our services and how we might improve them, are very important to us. Therefore we'd like to hear from you. If you have 5 mins to spare, please go to this link and answer 3 very short questions. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TWFRScommunityresponse Many thanks


Fire: Firefighters Memorial Day 2018

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Watch it here At 12pm Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service honoured all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. All firestations within the area fell silent to commemorate Firefighters Memorial Day. Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our crews potentially put their lives on the line every time they are called out to a job. However, it is their professionalism, skills and dedication that supports them to make risk-based decisions to limit any harm to all those involved – including themselves and their colleagues”. “We honour and remember all firefighters and staff who have fallen in service”. The names of several former Tyne and Wear firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty are displayed on the Firefighters Memorial outside St Paul's Cathedral in London. It depicts a bronze statue of a fire officer and two firefighters engaged in their duties. It was originally dedicated by HM The Queen Mother on May 4 1991 and was called “blitz” and was...

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Fire: Water Safety event focuses on drowning danger

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The recent sunny weather means many people will be thinking about taking a quick dip in a river or lake but that could be a fatal mistake. This Sunday (April 29th), Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), along with Northumbria Police are hosting a water safety event highlighting the dangers of swimming in open water and the devastating effects of cold water shock. The event takes place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne at eastern end of Newcastle Quayside outside of the North building to support the National Fire Chief's Council's Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week (23rd to 29th April). Our Swift Water Rescue Crews from Byker Community Fire Station, along with Prevention & Education staff and volunteers, will be on hand to provide water safety advice, guidance and education leaflets near to the Millennium Bridge. We will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river including that of our Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Robson (at...

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Fire: Water Safety event focuses on drowning danger

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The recent sunny weather means many people will be thinking about taking a quick dip in a river or lake but that could be a fatal mistake. This Sunday (April 29th), Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), along with Northumbria Police are hosting a water safety event highlighting the dangers of swimming in open water and the devastating effects of cold water shock. The event takes place between 11am and 3pm on the River Tyne at eastern end of Newcastle Quayside outside of the North building to support the National Fire Chief's Council's Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week (23rd to 29th April). Our Swift Water Rescue Crews from Byker Community Fire Station, along with Prevention & Education staff and volunteers, will be on hand to provide water safety advice, guidance and education leaflets near to the Millennium Bridge. We will perform a number of live demonstrations, including the safe rescue of live casualties from the river including that of our Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Robson (at...

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Fire: Firefighters Attacked at Easter

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS firefighters have been subjected to attacks and verbal abuse in three separate incidents in Newcastle and Gateshead this week. On Sunday evening a crew from West Denton Fire Station White Watch was prevented from extinguishing a wheelie bin fire on Whitbeck Road by approximately 20 young people who were throwing stones at them. They attended the scene twice and fortunately there were no injuries to the crew or damage to the vehicle. On Tuesday afternoon a fire crew from Gateshead Fire Station Red Watch was subjected to sustained verbal abuse and rocks thrown at their appliance by youths while extinguishing a rubbish fire in a wooded area outside of Fell Court flats, Beacon Lough in Gateshead. The final incident saw a crew from Newcastle Fire Station White Watch attending a wheelie bin fire at Fairholm Road in Newcastle last night they were subjected to verbal abuse, thrown missiles including bottles and stones and were obstructed by a group of approximately ten 13-16 year old girls. John Pratt, TWFRS Area Manager...

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Fire: Firefighters Attacked at Easter

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS firefighters have been subjected to attacks and verbal abuse in three separate incidents in Newcastle and Gateshead this week. On Sunday evening a crew from West Denton Fire Station White Watch was prevented from extinguishing a wheelie bin fire on Whitbeck Road by approximately 20 young people who were throwing stones at them. They attended the scene twice and fortunately there were no injuries to the crew or damage to the vehicle. On Tuesday afternoon a fire crew from Gateshead Fire Station Red Watch was subjected to sustained verbal abuse and rocks thrown at their appliance by youths while extinguishing a rubbish fire in a wooded area outside of Fell Court flats, Beacon Lough in Gateshead. The final incident saw a crew from Newcastle Fire Station White Watch attending a wheelie bin fire at Fairholm Road in Newcastle last night they were subjected to verbal abuse, thrown missiles including bottles and stones and were obstructed by a group of approximately ten 13-16 year old girls. John Pratt, TWFRS Area Manager...

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Fire: Failure to conduct Fire Risk Assessment costs company £25,000

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Charlton Engineering Services Ltd of Washington has today been fined a total of £60,645 for breaching Fire Safety Regulations. Company Directors Colin and Lee Charlton had pleaded guilty to eight charges on behalf of the company at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 7th March 2018. They were fined £25,000 for not having a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) in place, £25,000 for having no Fire Alarm; £1000 per offence for six other offences and £4645 costs. District Judge Roger Elsey said in court: “There was a significant fire but this was brought swiftly under control and although nobody was injured there was a risk of death or serious injury. “Although the offences were of negligence rather than intention, the fine has to be significant. The most severe offence was not having a Fire Risk Assessment. If there had have been one done then the other offences may not have happened. Therefore a fine of £25,000 for not having a Fire Risk Assessment is adequate.” Tyne and Wear...

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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Implementation of the final phase of changes to crewing levels
Lynsey McVay appointed as Area Manager responsible for Community Safety
Deptford Fire: ACO Alan Robson comments and latest Public Health Information
How happy are you with our service?
Firefighters Memorial Day 2018

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