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Fire: Celebrating first anniversary of lifesaving partnership

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters in Norfolk.

A pilot project between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to help the most critically ill patients started on 18th July 2016.

Since then firefighters have responded to 405 medical emergencies across the county to help save lives when someone is unconscious and not breathing.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford are dispatched to cardiac arrest calls alongside ambulance staff and volunteers.

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Co-responding Regional Lead, said: “These latest figures are a testament to the excellent collaborative work in Norfolk between our emergency services.  I would like to pay tribute to everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.

“Every second counts when...

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Fire: Automist Smartscan is a Top Winner in IDSA International Design Excellence Award (IDEA®) 2017

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
London, UK June 29, 2017—Automist Smartscan, designed by Plumis, is a Top Winner in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) 2017 hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). See the gallery. Which 25 designs won Gold and which 52 designs won Silver, will be announced on Aug. 19 at the IDEA Ceremony—open to the public at Rich Theater and followed by a ticketed Gala at High Museum. Through Aug. 11, the public can vote online for the People’s Choice Award winner.

Plumis won in the Home & Bath category. “We are delighted to have been recognized as one of the outstanding products of 2017, alongside a host of other exciting products” said Design Director, Yusuf Muhammad.

Automist Smartscan is a smarter, modern fire sprinkler system. Instead of the typical ceiling-mounted sprinkler head, this device consists only of a stainless steel panel that seamlessly...

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Fire: Bravery award for Whitley Bay man

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A man from Whitley Bay who rescued a pensioner from his burning home last month has been honoured for his bravery. Paul JARVIS, 63 came to Fire Service HQ today, Monday July 17 to receive the thanks of Tyne & Wear Fire Authority for his actions on 16th June. Mr Jarvis, a retired builder was driving along Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay on his way home after work, when he noticed a fire visible inside the property, with dense fire gases coming from a first floor window. He parked up and ran to the house, entered through the front door and discovered a fire in the hallway. As he went through to the kitchen he found the 84-year-old occupant in a confused and disorientated state from the effects of smoke inhalation. Paul led the pensioner out of the property to safety, fire crews then quickly arrived and the victim received medical treatment for smoke and burns to his left leg. Mr Jarvis was given oxygen for the effects of smoke. He also looked after the pensioner's pet dog for a time until it...

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Fire: Safety warning issued after spate of heater fires

Written by RSS Poster News

FIREFIGHTERS are asking residents to take care with electrical appliances after two house fires in one day caused by heaters.

On Friday, July 14, crews were called to Pryce Avenue, Wigan, at 8.41am then another crew were called to Count Street, Rochdale, at 2pm.

On both occasions the fires are believed to have been started accidentally by portable heaters setting fire to furniture close by.

Fire investigators found that the tragic fire that killed a mother and her three children in Bolton on Saturday, July 8 was also likely to have been caused by a heater that was accidentally switched on.

Officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police carried out a joint investigation in Rosamond Street and it is believed that the fire was caused accidentally by a halogen heater in the living room at the front of the house.

Chair of the Fire Committee, Cllr David Acton, said: “GMFRS has seen a number of fire recently that appear to have been caused by heaters, including the terribly...

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Police: The Law of the Land

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Did I mention I’d been to France?! … see above! We arrived home late last night and now have a recovery day before the harsh reality of work, first thing in the morning! I had a very interesting experience  once I’d arrived at Calais until disembarkment because of a discussion on social media which I found too interesting to ignore and which arose from the lack of beds to allow for an urgent admission to hospital. An AMHP found themselves in an invidious, albeit increasingly common position over the weekend following a Mental Health Act assessment after the police use of section 136. The lead doctor in the assessment was unable to provide a PICU bed to allow the AMHP to complete their legal application to a psychiatric intensive care unit so, after various escalations to NHS managers and no doubt a considerable amount of frustration by all involved, the man was released, his 72hrs assessment period having expired. This happened notwithstanding the AMHP describing the man as a “high risk to others” … and that there...

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Police: An Open Letter To @PoliceChiefs

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

You are, by definition, all senior Police Officers, yet you seem to have lost touch with the fine officers that form the Front Line.

As you are obviously aware, when the Conservative-led coalition came to power in 2010 there were 142,363 Police Officers in England and Wales, excluding BTP, or 145,015 if you include BTP.  The next set of government statistics are due for release on 20th July, but the last set, up to end of September 2016, shows that there were 122,859 Officers, excluding BTP, or 126,252 including BTP. I expect that figure to have fallen again when the latest levels are revealed.

Every one of your members has worked your way up from lowly Constable to Chief Constable or Commissioner. Every last one of you.

Collectively, and individually, you KNOW what the Front Line has gone through in the last seven years, you have been there.

Of the 122,859 officers left in England and Wales, 121,167 are what I would call ‘Front Line”‘, Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors. Anybody above the rank of Inspector...

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Ambulance: Medical Statement on Fentanyl Exposure

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

The American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology have issued a joint statement on Preventing Occupational Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analog Exposure to First Responders that states “the risk of clinically significant exposure to emergency responders is extremely low.”

The statement addresses reports of responders suffering overdose from handling or being in proximity to these opioids. Hopefully, this joint statement will help reduce some of the concern and hysteria caused by these stories, and prevent unnecessary delays in treating critical patients without endangering responders.

The statement reads:

“To date, we have not seen reports of emergency responders developing signs or symptoms consistent with opioid toxicity from incidental contact with opioids. Incidental dermal absorption is unlikely to cause opioid toxicity.  Reports of emergency responders developing symptoms after contact with these substances have described nonspecific findings such as...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
It would seem that MOJ has decided that more Justices of the Peace need to be appointed. The article in this local newspaper is one of many similar I have read over the last few months.  What does strike me, however, is the quote of a new magistrate when commenting on a decision of custody, "There were long discussions about whether it was the right thing to do, what purpose it would serve and the impact on both the defendant, and of course the wider community and the victim". 

He does not mention Guidelines or public protection except for "impact". I also consider it questionable if "the right thing to do" is part of a structured sentencing exercise.  As far as I am aware the victims` considerations should not inform sentencing. But then having been appointed 20 years ago my attitudes, training and experience might now be considered anti deluvian if I were still active. 

Fire: Farnworth firefighter saves young girl on holiday

Written by RSS Poster News

WHILE on holiday this summer, a firefighter who works at Farnworth Community Fire Station saved a little girl’s life – all thanks to training undertaken while working for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. 

Firefighter Adam Tormey was enjoying his family holiday and was at a theme park on the afternoon of June 21 when a girl started to choke. 


Adam, who became a firefighter in 2015, said: “The incident took place at about 2pm at Flambards Theme Park in Helston, Cornwall. We had just had lunch and I was walking towards the rides with my four- year-old son, with my wife and daughter following about 50 metres behind. I heard my wife shout my name so I called back. A few moments later she shouted again and I heard her say ‘child choking’. 

“I ran towards her and as I turned the corner a man pretty much threw his daughter, who I think was around three of four-years-old, into my arms. I had a quick look at her face - her lips were blue and her eyes were rolling back in her head. Her body...

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Police: The MHA Changes

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I’m being absolutely inundated at the moment, via email, phone and social media, with questions about when those changes to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will be brought in to effect. The amendments will alter quite considerably the 1983 powers relating to the police and to the operation of Places of Safety.

Such is the relentless volume of enquiry, I decided to text the Home Office from holiday(!) and want to share an update with their permission: I begged them to do this to help spare me the pain of relentless enquiry and so that I may focus my efforts on fromage français et vin blanc, etcetera! –

“We can clarify that the changes to s135/136 Mental Health Act 1983 (ss 80-83 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and related reulgaitons) will come into force no sooner than September 2017.  When the exact commencement date is known (ie, at least three weeks in advance, when those regulations are laid in parliament) this will be communicated to national partners for dissemination...

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