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Fire: Sunderland House Fire - TWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther, praises brave firefighters

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, spoke out today to recognise the professionalism and bravery of the fire crews who attended the house fire in Sunderland on Tuesday morning (December 12th) where an 18-month old boy was rescued. “When our firefighters attend a house fire, they often don't know what challenges they might face until they arrive on scene. As well as tackling the fire itself, their first priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved. On Tuesday, crews from Marley Park, Sunderland Central and Farringdon showed true dedication when rescuing 18-month old Miles McBurnie from the smoke and flames. Once the little boy had been rescued by Marley Park's Blue Watch, it was clear that he was suffering from smoke inhalation, so the crew performed CPR until the paramedics arrived to take him to hospital. We understand he is recovering and our thoughts remain with his family and we hope he will...

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Fire: Attacks on firefighters continue, as Bonfire figures reveal increases in attacks, incidents and calls

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Attacks on TWFRS firefighters are continuing to blight the work of the Service with incidents – since the Bonfire period – occurring in Benwell, Walker, Heworth and Blakelaw. Bricks, masonry and other missiles have been thrown at crews and appliances by groups of young people – sometimes as many as 15. These attacks come on the back of a shameful increase in the number of attacks on firefighters during the Bonfire period - which rose from last year's 9 to 11; making this year's attacks the highest number since 2010. This is also reflected in national statistics, released today by the Home Office, showing that attacks – in all forms – have increased from 622, in 2015/16 to 738 in 2016/17 (April to March). From Wednesday November 1st to Monday November 6th, crews were attacked with missiles – including fireworks – and suffered other forms of abuse in – North Shields; Benwell; Kenton; Fenham; West Denton; Southwick; South Shields and...

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Fire: Cladding Inspections

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June and our high rise reassurance visits, during November we are carrying out a number of visits to student and high rise accommodation within Newcastle. The high rise blocks which will be visited have been identified as those having Aluminium Composite Mineral (ACM) or other combustible cladding. Our Fire Safety team, Operational Crews and Prevention team will be engaging with residents and landlords to ensure the improved fire safety measures within each of these blocks are appropriate for the increased risk presented by the combustible cladding. The aim is to conduct joint visits to review and update risk information with the landlord/owner and provide fire safety advice to the occupants with the following objectives: to assess compliance under the Fire Safety Order's legal safety requirements and any interim measures which were put in place by the landlord/owner due to the identified cladding risk. Keith Carruthers, Area Manager – Community Safety Commented: “We believe that these...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service averts major explosion risk in Newcastle and Sunderland with hauls of illegal fireworks

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A mass fireworks seizure by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has stopped the risk of a major explosion in the West End of Newcastle. TWFRS Fire Safety Inspectors seized just under 500Kg Net Mass (NM) of fireworks from two premises – one where the licensee was only permitted to store 75Kg NM and the other wasn't licenced at all. They visited the licenced premises on 11th October and seized a total of 94Kg. A further visit with the Police to a garage owned by the same person, discovered a further large quantity of fireworks. These were in excess of 370Kg NM of hazard type 3 and 4 fireworks. The total seized was 464 Kg NM of fireworks. The fireworks located in the garage were stored in such a dangerous manner that they were immediately seized to ensure public safety. They were also stored with a large amount of combustible items and other hazardous items including propane cylinders, a quantity of petrol and live...

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Fire: Newcastle United show support for our Facing Consequences Bonfire Campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Our Bonfire Campaign has got off to a fantastic start and we've gained support from some great people and organisations in Tyne and Wear. On Saturday October 21st, we went pitch side with several players from Newcastle United, before the Crystal Palace game. Defender Florian Lejeune and Striker Ayoze Perez were on hand to showcase our Bonfire Posters.


Fire: Emergency Services join forces to launch Bonfire Campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Emergency services across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are joining forces in the hope that this year's Bonfire period is one of the safest on record. Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner; Northumbria Police; Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are all committed to doing what they can to make sure that the coming Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire season is a safe and happy one for everyone – and that includes their own staff. This year, the services are uniting behind the use of the TWFRS' Ryan's Regret film, which featured the real-life story of a young man from Washington, who by playing with fireworks in his bedroom, received significant injuries to his hand. It's a graphic and shocking account, which has provided real impact especially during the fire services' school visits, in conjunction with Northumbria Police. Dame Vera Baird QC Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner commented: "This is a busy time for our emergency services who...

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Fire: Spate of Wheelie Bin fires in King Georges Field, Sunderland

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
There have been 23 rubbish fires – 9 of which were wheelie bins - in the King Georges Field area of Sunderland since August 2017 – with 4 occurring only last week. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hugely concerned with this spate of arson attacks and is advising householders to keep a close eye on their wheelie bins. TWFRS Watch Manager, Nicole Mordecai commented: “Sadly we are seeing an increase in deliberate fires to wheelie bins in the King Georges Field area. Last week we had 3 wheelie bin fires in the skate park and one on the playing fields. Not only is this a shameful waste of community resources, but importantly is incredibly dangerous – not just to the perpetrators - but also for any property tor people who could be nearby. Our worry is that as we approach the Bonfire season these incidents will only increase – bringing further untold risk to the community. It's essential that householders take reasonable care to ensure that their bin isn't stolen to be...

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Fire: As the Diwali and Bonfire season approaches Tyne and Wear businesses are reminded that they need a licence thrill to sell and store fireworks

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is reminding all businesses who plan to sell and store fireworks for Diwali and/or Bonfire Night that they need an up to date explosives licence enabling them to safely store fireworks. TWFRS, Area Manager Keith Carruthers, commented: “Not having a valid licence to store fireworks is a criminal offence and can lead to a unlimited fine, two years imprisonment or both. However the process is very simple. Businesses just need to request an inspection through our website, which will be arranged within 28 days.” TWFRS Fire Safety Inspectors will be carrying out inspections of premises throughout the area to ensure that fireworks are stored legally and safely in accordance with the Explosives Regulations 2014. Where this isn't the case, prosecution will be considered to ensure the safety of the public. In recent years, TWFRS has seen a number of incidents where Tyne...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear FRS supporting falls prevention week

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is playing its part in Falls Prevention Week (Friday 22nd September – Friday 28th September) by featuring in a film which will be seen in the waiting areas of GP Practices, Federations, Hospital Trusts and Local Authorities. The film also includes contributions from Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; NHS North Tyneside CCG; Newcastle University; County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; NEAS; Community Care and Health Forum and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. Developed by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, the film highlights the everyday dangers that could lead to a fall – all based around the acronym F.A.L.L.S. FIT for purpose: replace worn out slippers with soft shoes. Walking aids – do you need one? Check your ferrule AROUND the house: Clear clutter, loose wires and rugs. Ensure good lighting and handrails. Request a home hazard assessment LONG term conditions: See GP...

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Fire: Gateshead pupil wins star prize in road safety competition

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighters visited Dunston Hill Community Primary School this morning to help congratulate one of its star pupils Mathew Wright, aged 10 has won a 'highly commended' certificate in a poster competition organised by Brake, the road safety charity. Matthew wowed judges with his “slow down children around” message and has had his design turned into a large professional banner that will now go on display on the railings outside the entrance to the school, where it will be seen by hundreds of drivers every day. The poster also features Brake mascot, Zak the zebra. Matthew has also won a Hobbycraft voucher and a visit to the local fire station�� for himself and his classmates. He was among nearly 7,000 children, aged 4-11, from 500 schools who entered the national competition, sponsored by Co-op Insurance, and supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). The project hopes to inspire and engage children about the need for drivers to slow down...

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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Sunderland House Fire - TWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther, praises brave firefighters
Attacks on firefighters continue, as Bonfire figures reveal increases in attacks, incidents and calls
Cladding Inspections
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service averts major explosion risk in Newcastle and Sunderland with hauls of illegal fireworks
Newcastle United show support for our Facing Consequences Bonfire Campaign

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