Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire night as it launches its latest bonfire safety campaign.
Group Manager Dave Jefferson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Everyone knows that bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful. So we are encouraging people to stay safe and to attend a professional organised display.
"A key part of our campaign is talking to young people, making them aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and advising them on how they can stay safe.
"Bonfire Night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services; we want people to enjoy themselves, to stay safe and ensure they don't become a statistic."
The campaign includes a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.
Over the next few weeks, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service...
Firefighters from all over the country are coming to the Houses of Parliament tomorrow (14 October) to lobby members of parliament about the future of the fire and rescue service amid huge concerns about public safety.
The firefighters, who are members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), are seeking the support of MPs to defend the fire and rescue service against the worst cuts it has ever known. More than 7000 frontline firefighter jobs have gone since 2010 as cuts of 30% have taken their toll, with even worse cuts to come. The FBU say more cuts will decimate the service.
Firefighters are also concerned about government proposals for Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to take over the fire and rescue service, as this would pose a huge threat to the independence of firefighters who rely on the public’s trust to enable them to access their homes. Law enforcement and the humanitarian service provided by firefighters don’t mix, say the FBU.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have today condemned plans to restrict universal preventative fire safety home checks to only those deemed ‘high-risk’. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) have axed the universal aspect of the vital, fire prevention work firefighters do. The FBU fears that other services will follow suit.
Currently firefighters routinely visit households that request a check to give free fire safety advice, fit smoke alarms and check escape routes. Ministers and fire authorities have regularly stated that this preventative work has been a significant factor in the reduction of fires and fire fatalities.
Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary, warned that effectively using ‘means testing’ could put people off from applying for the checks. “Firefighters are here to protect the many, not the few”, he said. “How could fire and rescue services accurately know when someone moves from being deemed non-vulnerable to being high risk?...
On Sunday 4th October 2015, PC Dave Phillips booked on for his final shift.
Back at home earlier on, he had said goodbye to his wife and two young daughters as he headed off into the night.
Before dawn the following morning, he was killed in the line of duty – mown down by the driver of a stolen vehicle.
On Sunday 11th October 2015, Garda Anthony Golden booked on for his final shift.
Back at home earlier on, he had said goodbye to his wife and three young children as he headed off into the unknown.
A handful of hours later, he was killed in the line of duty – gunned down at the scene of a domestic disturbance.
Twice in the space of seven days.
How can you even begin to comprehend, much less explain,
– the deathly knock on the door of a family home
– the whispered words to an unsuspecting wife
– the unfolding agony of unimagined grief
– the innocent faces of little lives changed forever
– the shattering effects on helpless colleagues
– the waking realisation of each subsequent morning
– the rolling waves of sadness that...
In reaction to reports in the Financial Times that the government will drop the social media elements of the Trade Union Bill – including the need to notify the police of any social media posts two weeks in advance – FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Although not confirmed at this point it is a positive sign that the government cannot even convince Conservative backbench MPs of the ludicrous social media aspects of the Trade Union Bill.
“They now need to recognise the other draconian aspects of the Bill which will make it almost impossible for trade unions to represent their members.”
This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week. Coordinated by 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK, the purpose is to raise awareness of the issue and encourage the public to speak out.
What is Hate Crime?
Incidents of Hate Crime can be motivated by race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Victims can be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.
National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 incidents of hate crime recorded by the police in 2013/14 – an increase of five per cent on the previous year.
Here at Crimestoppers, we’re completely behind the idea of higlighting and eliminating Hate Crime, so we’ve invited three guests to write about hate crime over the next week, and what they have done to help raise awareness and stamp it out.
Steve Rose, from Faith Matters, which works to reduce extremism & tensions between faith communities, will write...
The iniquitous courts charge is finally beginning to make the news in the general press. The Times behind its paywall has an article by the long serving Frances Gibb describing how lay benches are tailoring financial outcomes where there is a sense of injustice in not so doing owing to the non means testing of the "charge". There has been no news as to whether District Judges have taken a similar route where intolerable financial burdens would have been imposed if the "rules" had been followed. I would suggest that these professional civil servants would not dare upset their paymasters by veering off the straight and narrow of the Guidelines. I think this is but a very early indication of independent J.P.s` individual defiance of government. It is unlikely there will not be more pieces of legislation during this parliament where similar considerations might apply. Such open opposition to government law making will just hasten the day when the lay bench in a courtroom will be a historical footnote.
Student Stephanie Nixon worked on the pilot of Crimestoppers’ SaferU student safety campaign. Here she tells us about the success of the ‘Stick it- Stole it’ initiative…
My involvement in the Crimestoppers campaign ‘Stick it – Stole it’, piloted in February 2013 at the University of Northampton, started when I received an email from the Employability Service promoting the campaign to students. I attended the meetings and met the leader of the group, Carla Sutton.
As a small group of students from the School of Social Sciences, along with a student Graphic Designer, we put together the ‘Stick it – Stole it’ campaign, as theft among students was a common issue.
The campaign looked at raising awareness of theft on campus, especially among students who leave Ipads, laptops, phones, and other gadgets unattended in the library. It involved sticking professionally designed Post-It notes imprinted with the name of the campaign and the Crimestoppers logo onto these items.