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GREATER Manchester's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Beverley Hughes is set to open this year’s Emergency Services Open Day on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Running in its seventh year, the family friendly event will take place at the Orient car park, intu Trafford centre from 10am to 4pm, with over 15,000 visitors expected.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will joined by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), other emergency response, community safety, community fire cadets and support vehicles.

The action packed event celebrates the work of the emergency services and highlights how blue light services work together to serve the Greater Manchester community.

Throughout the day you can watch and participate in live demonstrations and displays such as rope rescue, chip pan fire demos, CPR training and road traffic collision rescues.

At this free event, families will have the chance to visit various vehicles and stands and learn more about all emergency response organisations. Children will be...

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Fire: Metro posters promote water safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Posters have gone up at six Tyne and Wear Metro stations to help promote a multi-agency campaign aimed at preventing tragedies in the water. The campaign brings together the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), the Royal National Lifeboat (RNLI), Northumbria Police and Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). The various agencies are all promoting the “Don't Drink and Drown” campaign which has been designed to coincide with the school holidays. It reminds young people of the dangers associated with drinking alcohol and entering the water. As part of the campaign specially-designed posters (see attached photo) are now displayed on platforms at the Metro stations in Whitley Bay; Tynemouth; South Shields; South Gosforth; Cullercoats and at Monument in Newcastle. Other posters, bearing similar warning and advice are also being displayed on all Metro carriages until the end of this month. Station Manager, Jeff Boath (community safety) from TWRS said; “The campaign is a great...

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Fire: Permanent Chief Fire Officer Appointed

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service


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David Ashworth has been announced (Wednesday 26 July) as the new permanent Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS). David, who has been acting CFO for the past nine months, was selected following a competitive recruitment process.


Tom McCabe, Director of Community and Environmental Services at Norfolk County Council, said: “It’s great news that David has been selected to continue as CFO in a permanent position. Over the past nine months he has done a great job of building the trust and respect of his colleagues and we have absolute confidence in his ability to lead the service into the future.”


David Ashworth, Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted and privileged to be appointed. Having been in the fire service for more than 34 years I believe that my experience will enable us to continue to provide the skills and expertise to keep the people of Norfolk safe.”


Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the communities...

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Fire: TWFRS picks up prestigious RoSPA award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service (TWFRS) is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. This is the eleventh time TWFRS has achieved the award and having won the gold award for ten consecutive years it has also previously received the RoSPA President's Award in recognition of this achievement. TWFRS achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow hotel on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary. Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants' overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year. ...

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Fire: Come and celebrate 50th anniversary of MFRS Training Academy

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Come and celebrate 50th anniversary of MFRS Training Academy

Fire: Youngster gets 'behind the scenes' trip to fire station

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A little boy who was worried about fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster is now feeling happier after a visit to his local fire station. Bobby Winthrop is a bright four-year-old who lives in South Shields. His mum, Nichola contacted Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue after Grenfell Tower to say Bobby had been asking questions about firefighters and if any of them were based locally. He had asked if he could draw a picture and write a letter for the men and women who go into buildings and help keep everyone safe. Station Manager, Ian Cuskin arranged for Bobby to come and visit last weekend. Firefighters Preston Brown and Jonny Ramanayake then showed him around and even let him try out some of the equipment! “Bobby is very intelligent for his age and takes a keen interest in the world, but he can get easily scared due to development issues,” said Nichola. “He had a great time at the fire station and the staff who looked after him were just fantastic. He didn't want to leave, but before he did they made sure to give him some colouring things and a story book. All in all, a wonderful day and such inspirational staff.”

Fire: High rise update

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Here’s our latest statement following the news that cladding and insulation systems on nine high rise blocks in Salford have failed the latest Department for Communities and Local Government fire tests. 

Jim Hutton, Area Manager and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead for the high-rise taskforce, said: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service continues to work with housing providers and local authorities to reassure residents living in high rises across Greater Manchester. 

“GMFRS is carrying out proactive inspections of all high rise premises to ensure all buildings comply with fire safety regulations and people feel safe in their homes. So far, we have inspected 253 high rises, which includes 71 that have failed the first Building Research Establishment (BRE) fire test.

“High rises with cladding systems that have failed the current round of testing and haven’t yet been inspected will be visited by fire officers as a matter of urgency.

“If you are concerned about a system installed on your premises you are advised...

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Fire: School's out and so are the safety messages!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Once again, the Summer Safety Campaign at SafetyWorks! has been very successful with over 1,600 primary school children from Tyne and Wear The children took part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water, beach and road safety just in time for the summer holidays. The SafetyWorks! team provided information about how to stay safe when playing outside and at barbecues, RNLI Lifeguards delivered sessions around water and beach safety and Northumbria Police provided advice on Stranger Danger. Other agencies involved in the campaign were St John Ambulance and local road safety officers. Teachers who attended with their class gave very positive feedback about their visit: Kathrine Holmes from Albany Village Primary in Washington said, “The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to SafetyWorks. Thank you for a well organised, interesting and highly useful session. It was so engaging and pupils have taken lots from the experience. We will follow up the session by completing some...

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Fire: Fire crew's first aid skills help young cyclist

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
On Monday evening a young cyclist fell from his bike at the rear of South Shields fire station. Zak Johnson, who is 12 years old and lives locally also hit his head on a piece of concrete. He made it to the front of the building before collapsing, where he was discovered by firefighters. A crew from Green Watch (pictured above) placed a spinal collar on the youngster, gave him oxygen and kept him comfortable until paramedics arrived. He was then placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to South Tyneside General Hospital. The crew were also assisted by an off-duty nurse who was in the area. Thankfully a later update from the hospital confirmed Zak had been discharged after a check up – fortunately he didn't require treatment.

Fire: Successful high rise visits conclude

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Successful TWFRS High Rise Reassurance Visits conclude, with further fire safety advice reinforced for residents Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) high rise reassurance visits have now ended, with all 182 properties inspected. The visits – which were carried out over two weeks - saw the Service undertake fire safety checks, and carry out audits to update building knowledge; whilst prevention teams were on hand to provide advice to residents. Alan Robson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer commented: “This phase of our high rise work was highly successful in strengthening our building intelligence and in giving additional confidence and reassurance to residents. I'd like to thank everyone involved, from the local authorities and other housing providers to the residents who welcomed us into their homes.” As well as gathering information and undertaking checks, we also identified three key areas where residents needed support to improve their own understanding of fire...

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