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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 prevention and...

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Fire: Farringdon station opens its doors

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Local people will get a chance to see what goes on behind at the scenes of their local fire station in the Farringdon area of Sunderland this weekend. From 11am on Saturday, 29th July the building, on North Moor Road will be throwing open its doors for the latest in a series of summer open days at fire stations across Tyne and Wear. Various fire trucks and other vehicles will be on display, there will be demonstrations showing how firefighters deal with chip pan fires and cut open crashed vehicles to rescue people inside. Members of the Swift Water Rescue Team will also be there, be promoting water safety. Attractions for the young ones include face painting, trampolines and a bouncy castle, along with children's entertainer 'Magic Mick'. Health advice will be available from the 'Live Life Well' service and other agencies taking part include the air cadets, Salvation Army and Northumbria Police, whose local neighbourhood team also work from the shared fire and police premises. The open day will...

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Fire: Safetyworks! celebrates an increase in visitors

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
SafetyWorks!, an innovative interactive safety centre in Newcastle, is celebrating a 40% rise in visitors over the past three years. The centre, managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police, St. John's Ambulance, Nexus and local councils, welcomed 14,500 visitors through its doors last year, seeing a year on year increase for the last 8 years. The state-of-the art interactive learning facility includes a mock-up, purpose built mini 'town' with a supermarket, metro station, hospital, police station, park and even a 'house'. It's in each of these settings that a range of safety talks and courses are delivered to school children, the elderly and vulnerable people from across Tyne and Wear. SafetyWorks! is also the first facility of its kind to offer education for young people on the dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and ways to seek help and support. This learning takes place in a brand new 'community hub'...

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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 was safe for...

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Fire: Award for Fire charity young fundraiser

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to hear a young autistic boy who came to see us last September has been given a royal seal of approval for his work promoting the Fire Fighters Charity. Andrew Impey, who is 11 years old and from Portsmouth, came to see us at service HQ in Washington last September. He is pictured with some of our crews plus Deborah Garland, from the National Autistic Society, fire dog Spencer and also Memphis, who is owned by Spencer's handler, Darren. Andrew has just been named as one of 750 outstanding young people across the world to be honoured with a Diana Award, recognising those who were judged to embody Princess Diana's qualities of kindness, compassion and service. So far Andrew has raised over £2,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity by attempting to visit every fire station in the UK. Hestarted raising funds for the charity after a visit to one of his local fire stations in Hampshire in December 2014. Kirstine Impey, Andrew's mum, said; “This award is recognition of what...

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Fire: Open Day at Tynemouth Fire Station

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWRS) this summer. Tynemouth Community Fire Station, on Preston Road North, North Shields (NE29 9PY) will throw open its doors to residents this Saturday, 8 July from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and fire safety information. Attractions include free face painting and children's rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments. Display stands from partner agencies include Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service. Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to...

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Fire: High rise buildings to be visited as part of safety programme

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
From Monday July 3rd, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) will start a programme of visits to all of the area's high rise buildings (of 6 floors and more). Over the coming weeks each of the 182 buildings will receive a visit from TWFRS crews, Fire Safety and Prevention and Education (P&E) teams. This is a continuation of the Service's ongoing safety and reassurance campaign, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Alan Robson, TWFRS Assistant Chief Officer, commented: “We know that following the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, many residents in high rise homes have been concerned about fire safety in their buildings. The facts are that the levels of fire safety compliance in high-rise dwellings across Tyne and Wear is very high. But we also know that some residents have been unsettled by recent events, and we are here to provide them with the reassurance that they need." "Since the tragedy we have been working with local authorities and other housing...

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Fire: High rise flats to provide real life training scenario

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A partnership between South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Serviceis to provide firefighters with a rare opportunity to train in a real life setting for the challenges presented by high rise buildings. Westmorland Court in Hebburn, which is due for demolition, will be the site for live training exercises in a controlled environment. High rise building fires are some of the most potentially dangerous situations firefighters have to deal with, presenting the greatest safety risk to local communities and to firefighters. The buildings typically have complex layouts and present significant physical demands. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will use the building to train firefighting crews from across the area in a range of techniques and scenarios. This will include use of the latest firefighting technology, potentially reshaping firefighting procedures. The exercise, which has been planned for over a year, will also present an opportunity for local...

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Fire: Convenience store owner fined failing to provide information

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The owner of a convenience store in Sunderland has been ordered to pay £1,700 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the requirements of Article 27 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Usman Ali, who owns Ray's Discount Store in Villette Road, Hendon, was fined for failing to reply to Article 27 letters sent by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. He was also ordered to pay the full amount of legal costs totalling £600, plus a victim surcharge of £100. Earlier this year, Mr Ali did not attend the initial court hearing and, after deciding to proceed in his absence, Sunderland magistrates found the case brought against him by Tyne and Wear Fire Authority proven on 29 March 2017. The court heard that an officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service went to the store on 23 August 2016 to carry out a fire safety audit. However, as there was only one staff member present and Mr Ali was unavailable, it was not possible to conduct the audit at this time. Article 27...

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Fire: Swalwell fire station Open Day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWRS) this summer. Swalwell Community Fire Station, on Market Lane will throw open its doors to residents on Saturday, 1 July from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and fire safety information. Attractions include free face painting and children's rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments. Display stands from partner agencies include Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service. Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise...

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