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Fire: Don't let white goods leave a black mark

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service is urging the public to be aware of the possible dangers from kitchen appliances. The service is supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association's (CFOA) UK Home Safety Week, which runs from 26 September to 2 October. Between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 263 fires involving kitchen appliances in the Tyne and Wear area, ranging from cookers and microwave ovens to washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. Register your appliances All appliances carry a risk of causing fires, but maintenance and correct usage can greatly reduce the risk. Registering a product is also a good way to ensure you are not using faulty goods. New and old appliances up to 12 years old should be registered so that you can be notified directly if a product is recalled by the manufacturer or a safety repair is needed. All appliances can be registered in one place at www.registermyappliance.org.uk which also lists models that are subject to a product recall. ...

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Police: Para 16.16 to the Code of Practice

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

It turns out I didn’t read the new (2015) Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 as closely as I thought I had! The @LovelyClaireyA from Twitter said something recently about the execution of warrants under section 135(1) that didn’t sound right to me and I was grateful to learn something new after she pointed me to the Code of Practice – paragraph 16.16. This paragraph has no equivalent in the preceding Code, hence it gives rise to a few new questions; and so having made a mental note to consider this a topic for the future, I got on with my weekend. Within 36hrs of speaking to Claire, I received an email from a police control room inspector seeking clarification on the execution of s135(1) warrants after an operational incident in his force area. The job had caused a disagreement with the AMHP who was accompanying the officers in executing the warrant and I therefore thought I’d prioritise getting this done, since my general rule is that two or more things new to me in the same week means it’s...

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Ambulance: The Price is Right

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe

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I have been writing much lately about heroin with the backdrop of Hartford’s Park Street which is one of many epicenters of the current heroin epidemic.  Today, I am going to briefly change the backgrounds.  Instead of Park Street with its back drop of bakeries, bodegas, Spanish restaurants,  and young tattooed men, with crooked baseball caps, standing  in the doorways minding their own business, we are going to your typical elderly housing/assisted living facility.  Imagine a room of geriatrics in the common room, with their walkers on tennis balls or canes at the side of their chairs.  Imagine perhaps also a 50 gallon aquarium, with clean bubbling water and a large lazy fish or two.

Now let us focus on our subject — a Caucasian woman of 62.  She is obese, maybe two hundred sixty pounds, her hair is grey and tied back behind her head in a pony tail.  Her clothing is threadbare and could use a laundering.  She has two canes beside her with which she walks slowly and painfully on skinny legs that can...

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Fire: CHILD RESCUE - 1956

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Photo
: London Fire Brigade

London firefighters rescue Dennis Norman McGowan, 19 months old, on Feb. 25, 1956. The child's mother waits below.


Police: Threatening Patients

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

When I was a young boy, I can vaguely remember my dear Godmother once saying something about calling the police if I was naughty, saying the police would “take you away”. Without missing a beat, I remember my mother responding quickly and firmly, “Don’t say that to him!” She went on to explain that the police do not, in fact, take kids away for being naughty; that she needed me to understand that a police officer is somebody I can go to for help if I was ever stuck or in trouble; and that she should never, ever say that to me again.  WOW! 😳

It is probably this incident that accounts for my hatred of hearing adults say similar things to their kids. I’ve been known to be the policeman who kneels down next to kids and says, “What you’ve just been told isn’t true – we don’t take young children away from their parents for being naughty because police officers are there to help you and protect you if you’re in trouble.” I then usually explain my reasons to the parents and ask them not to do it in future,...

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Fire: MANCHESTER - 1996

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


Photos: Wikipedia, Manchester Fire & Rescue

On June, 15, 1996, the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a 3,000-pound bomb on Corporation Street in central Manchester, injuring more than 200 people during the Euro football championships.

Remarkably, there were no deaths.

The bomb was the largest denotation in Great Britain since World War II.

A telephoned warning preceded the blast by about 90 minutes allowing for the evacuation of 75,000 or more people.


Fire: SURREY DOCKS - 1940

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Photo: PortCitiesLondon, Caters News Agency

The opening salvo on London's waterfront:

Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe on  Sept. 7, 1940, the first day of the Blitz.

Gerry Knight, a station officer, sent a message to the alarm office from the docks, saying: "Send all the bloody pumps you've got … The whole bloody world's on fire!" according to PortCitiesLondon.


Fire: CANTEEN

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: London Fire Brigade
The canteen was one of the longest serving vehicles in London Fire Brigade history. It went in service in 1938 and continued into the 1960s, according to LFB website.  It was staffed by a crew of two firefighters. 


Police: Dear Media, Why Do You Hate Us So?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Are you really the right hand men of an incompetent government, intent to bring the Police Service, and others, to their knees? Or is it just that it looks that way?

Newpaper headlines are almost always slanted to make our Police Service look incompetent, violent or corrupt.  Even when the events being reported occur abroad, that fact is omitted from the banner headlines, so that the reader might reasonably assume that was in uk

Shooting of unarmed white man shown in police body camera videoCALIFORNIA

White female police officer charged with manslaughter after shooting unarmed black manTulsa

Death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher, shot by police with his hands up, sparks protests and official investigationTulsa

The list goes on.

Even when relaying the news from this country the headlines don’t always describe the reality, or omit an alternative scenario.

Snapchat video captures moment ‘a police officer repeatedly punches a suspect in the head five times’ – when one reads the whole...

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Police: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
As far as I am aware no figures are published of the numbers of magistrates who resign their posts.  Anectdotally it has been estimated by some that since 2012 up to 10% have resigned owing to government policy of court closures.  This latest report of resignations  in Wakefield adds to the litany. 

Further to my post of 13th September it seems that the world has really gone crazy.  As if one Chief Constable`s lunatic suggestion isn`t enough the Police and Crime Commissioner in Leicestershire is considering jumping on to the equality and diversity bandwagon.  Soon it will truly be Sharia law enforcement.



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