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Fire: Sprinkler system helps avert serious damage to hotel

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Four fire appliances from Newcastle, Byker and Gateshead Fire Stations attended a fire in the basement laundry room of the 11 storey Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne at 20:38 hours on Wednesday 7th March 2018. On arrival, Firefighters discovered a laundry dryer on fire in the basement of the hotel which had automatically activated the buildings sprinkler system. A single sprinkler head had supressed the fire and prevented further fire and smoke spreading through the building and its contents. This was the fourth sprinkler activation at a non-domestic premise in Tyne and Wear in the previous 12 months. John Baines, Assistant Chief Fire Officer said: “Our first appliance arrived within 3 minutes of the emergency call, with a further three appliances arriving within the 5 minutes following. Our highly skilled crews worked quickly and effectively to fully extinguish the fire and clear the smoke from the affected area.” “Together with our crews, I would also like to praise the hotel...

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Fire: TWFRS take water safety messages to The Boat Race of The North this weekend

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with our colleagues from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) on Saturday 17 March to remind people of the dangers of cold water shock and the risks associated with consuming alcohol when adjacent to water. Large volumes of people are expected to attend The Boat Race of the North between Durham and Newcastle Universities on the River Tyne, it presents the perfect opportunity to press home our message. Thousands of rowing fans, students and tourists will attend a day of rowing races and fun as well as catching the England v Ireland Six Nations Rugby match being show live in Times Square. A TWFRS fire appliance will be in attendance at the races on Saturday and staff from both organisations will be on hand to talk to people about the dangers and how they can keep themselves safe this Spring and Summer when around water. Group Manager Tony Markwell said: “Alcohol seriously affects people's ability to get themselves out of...

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Fire: Bravery Award for Killingworth couple who rescued neighbour from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Michelle and Corkhill from Killingworth have been presented with a Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority's Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award, for rescuing an elderly neighbour, Mr Miller from a house fire. On Thursday 31st August last year, Michaela and Andrew went to their car in Killingworth, Newcastle, to drive to work when Andrew thought he smelled smoke. He looked up and saw thick smoke pouring from his neighbour's upstairs room and the neighbour shouting for help from the window. Mr Corkhill ran to his garage to get a ladder to rescue him but found the ladder couldn't reach high enough. He ran back and got a bigger ladder and put it up to the window where he helped his neighbour down to safety. He tried to return to the window to help the neighbour's dog escape but the heat and smoke beat him back. The Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award says: “Mr and Mrs Corkhill selflessly went to help their neighbour prior to the arrival of fire crews. With quick speed of thought...

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Fire: Murder Investigation following a house fire in Birtley

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) received a call at 23.37 last night to attend a house fire in Birtley. A crew from Birtley Community Fire Station arrived on scene within 5 minutes to discover a developed fire in the loft of a 3 storey house on Robsons Way. Two further crews from Washington and Gateshead arrived on scene within a further 5 minutes. The loft was 100% severely damaged by fire, and there was further damage to the 2nd floor bedroom from the collapsed loft. Whilst in the process of extinguishing the fire, our crews, tragically, discovered a body within the property. Northumbria Police has now launched a murder investigation and a 61 year old man has been arrested. TWFRS Group Manager – Service Delivery, Peter Iveson commented: “This was a difficult and challenging fire and all credit must go to the crews for their swift arrival and in getting the fire under control and extinguished so that it did not spread throughout the property. Very sadly, a body was discovered...

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Fire: Stonewall name TWFRS as Top 100 LGBT employer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been named as one of the most LGBT- Inclusive employers in Britain after being included in the Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Index. The annual list recognises organisations that have done outstanding work over the past year to make sure every LGBT employee is accepted without exception. Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We're proud to be one of only two fire and rescue services in the country to be named in the Stonewall Top 100 list. “We take our responsibilities to our employees and the communities we serve seriously. Our own LGBT Staff Network Group continues its work to drive forward engagement initiatives, policies and procedures to promote inclusion within the service and to represent and reflect the community it serves. We are also part of Trans Lives NE, a multi-agency group working on building Trans-equality in the workplace. Last year we recognised and supported LGBT History month, IDAHOT (International Day against Homophobia,...

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Fire: Queens Medal for Karen Soady

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Watch Manager Karen Soady has been awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service, in the 2018 New Year Honours. Karen as a tireless servant for our community, in particular her work with the fire cadets, her work to strengthen inclusivity and the drive and energy she has used to champion our Safe and Well visits. This is a much deserved recognition for Karen, who exemplifies the best attributes common to all who work for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. On Karen's recognition by The Queen, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The Queen's Fire Service Medal recognises outstanding devotion to duty and Karen Soady has exhibited this throughout her service to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. She has shown commitment and dedication across a range of roles, including as Watch Manager, as a volunteer with the fire cadets and her work promoting inclusivity and diversity.”

Fire: Blyth-born Alan Robson appointed TWFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Alan Robson has been appointed Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACO), following an extensive selection process, which included both internal and external candidates. Blyth-born Alan originally joined Northumberland FRS in 1989 as an operational Firefighter, transferring to TWFRS in 1995. For the last 10 months, Alan has been working in the role in a temporary capacity. Throughout his career, Alan has fulfilled a broad range of roles including Leading Firefighter, Sub Officer and Station Officer, before moving to management roles in fire safety, operations and community safety. He has also held senior manager positions in service delivery, regional control, human resources, learning and development, strategy and planning. He has contributed to the development of operational strategy, policy and procedures, organisational reviews and the preparation required for hosting large scale multi-agency exercises and events. Commenting on the decision,...

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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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Latest Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Stories

Sprinkler system helps avert serious damage to hotel
TWFRS take water safety messages to The Boat Race of The North this weekend
Bravery Award for Killingworth couple who rescued neighbour from fire
Murder Investigation following a house fire in Birtley
Stonewall name TWFRS as Top 100 LGBT employer

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