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Fire: FREE Blood Pressure Testing for Merseyside residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

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FREE Blood Pressure Testing for Merseyside residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

Fire: Fundraising for Firefighter Alex Green

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ON Sunday, September 24 two of our firefighters Ben Ward and Dave Brearley are taking part in a fund raising event for Firefighter Alex Green.

Alex Green was found unconscious with severe injuries in Magaluf, only six hours into his stag do with friends. He had been involved in a very serious accident resulting in him being in intensive care.

In order to support the Just Giving fund that has been created for Alex, the firefighters will be rowing the distance between the UK and Spain.

The event will take place at the Trafford Centre, outside the Vodafone Store on the ground floor and will begin at 12pm.

All donations made will cover the cost of his care and to see him return home to his family.

Any support will be most welcome and if you would like to donate visit:


Fire: MAIDA VALE - 1997

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London Fire Brigade aerial platform, Maida Vale, 1997


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London firefighters at Sheepcote Road, Harrow, August 1995



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On Sept. 18, 2017, fire gutted a warehouse at White Hart Lane, Tottenham. Twenty-five engines answered the alarm. Flames were visible across North London. Part of the structure collapsed. The brigade's response included four aerials and five rescue units.  

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On Sept. 14, 2017, fire destroyed a warehouse at Chantry Place, Harrow. Propane cylinders were involved. Traffic was stopped as a precaution at the nearby Headstone Lane train station. Eight engines responded to the fire.

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...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The issue of pre trial refusal of bail for defendants has always been a contentious issue. It is certainly amongst the most difficult decisions made by magistrates. Taking away the liberty of an unconvicted person strikes at the heart of our justice system.  To that question in the few years prior to my retirement the situations where bail was mandatory in the pre trial stage were increased. With those thoughts in mind it was interesting to read this week of the numbers of defendants remanded in custody who were not later convicted at  crown or magistrates` courts. 


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Home Office has rarely been a direct topic of this blog.  Of course its effects on our legal system and the control of police affect us all.  In November 2011 a previous Home Secretary uttered the now famous phrase in which he described his own fiefdom as "not fit for purpose".  Many would argue that the situation is today not much changed. One fact however that has emerged from that department is that its current incumbent appears to have only limited control of what goes on under her name.  Last week an asylum seeker was flown out of the country in direct contravention of a court order known to the Home Office which was in place prior to the departure of his flight to Turkey en route to Afghanistan. There are two simple conclusions to this sorry affair; Amber Rudd knew of the court order but ordered her civil servants to continue with the deportation or she did not know and her officials did her dirty work in the full knowledge that they were acting illegally.  If the former is true she should...

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Fire: Firefighters attacked twice in one week

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Washington Firefighters attacked in Gateshead twice in one week TWFRS Blue Watch Firefighters and their Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) were attacked twice in one week (Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September) whilst responding to deliberately set fire incidents. The Washington-based crew had to face both verbal and physical attacks by young people, receiving foul mouthed abuse – whilst their emergency vehicle was pelted with stones. The attacks both occurred in the same location, the Beacon Lough Estate in Gateshead and those responsible were young people who were seen in the Craneville play park. TWFRS ACO Alan Robson commented: “These attacks are indefensible. They are not just insulting; they are endangering the lives of committed and dedicated firefighters whose sole purpose is to protect and save the lives and homes of everyone in our community. Damage to our TRV could also result in it being off the road and not available for emergency use. We are cooperating with our...

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Fire: Firefighters rush to extinguish flames at Viridor Plant

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Firefighters have responded to a large industrial fire in Bolton, responding within minutes to ensure any potential damage was kept to a minimum.

It was at 16.51pm this afternoon that firefighters got the call to attend, with a total of 10 fire engines and two aerial appliances in attendance at Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, Bolton. 

Upon arrival firefighters were met with flames covering an area approximately measuring 20m x 50m, spread across three stories within the building, requiring the use of five jets to tackle the blaze. Due to the expertise of the crews in attendance, they were able to ensure that the fire wasn’t able to spread any further, bringing the fire well under control 90 minutes after first arriving.

Group Manager John Crawley, Incident Commander at the scene said: “A significant amount of resources arrived at the incident quickly and were able to bring the fire under control. The actions of our staff tonight allowed us to save a large portion of the and surrounding site.

“Firefighters will remain at the incident overnight to liaise and assist with the Viridor management team.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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