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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...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges public to be water aware

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Water safety


Fire: Chief Fire Officer announces move to Australia

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
CFO Dan Stephens


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,...

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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,...

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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...

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Fire: Engagement with Whitley Bay Businesses

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following a deliberate wheelie bin fire on Whitley Road, Whitley Bay town centre that spread to the commercial premises, on the evening of Friday 2nd March, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have been engaging with local businesses. In a bid to help other businesses to prevent such fires occurring, potentially ruining healthy businesses and putting lives at risk over twenty surrounding properties were given arson reduction advice, fire safety checks and general fire safety advice from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. The engagement follows a recent announcement from North Tyneside Business Forum that the business support organisation and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have established a working partnership to provide support for the business community in this important area of Fire Safety. David Bavaird, Chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum said: “We are pleased to be working closely with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to support businesses across North Tyneside...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and partners to launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
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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...

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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...

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