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Fire: Carer saves residents from fire in care home

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents at a care home in Newcastle are safe and well thanks to the quick actions of carer Susie Jardine. Susie discovered a fire at Westwood Lodge Care Home on Bentinck Road at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January. Susie said: “When I entered the toilets on the first floor, I discovered smoke coming from a bin. I was shocked, but thankfully I remembered my training and raised the alarm immediately by hitting the red manual call point. I alerted my colleagues who called 999 and evacuated residents to a safe area. I returned to the toilet and put the fire out with an extinguisher. I am so grateful I had the fire safety training.” Susie managed to extinguish the fire completely just before four fire appliances from Newcastle and Gateshead attended the three-storey care home. Firefighters remained on site to ventilate the property to enable the care home to stay open. Care home manager Lynne Burnett said: “We take the safety of our residents and staff very seriously and pride ourselves...

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Police: The New Commissioner’s In Tray

Written by RSS Poster policecommander


This week sees the final interviews for the job of Met Commissioner. There are some truly outstanding people in the running.

And what awaits the successful candidate? Simply, the honour and responsibility of leading the finest police service in the world. The Met has its faults and failings of course – some of them grave – but it remains an extraordinary institution.

More than the institution though, there are the people – as fine a group of women and men as you could ever hope to meet. Some of them fall short, but most of them are about as remarkable as people can be: the everyday heroes and heroines who police our streets. It seems to me that serving them is the greatest leadership privilege of all.

The new Boss is going to arrive to a set of eye-watering challenges – a combination of operational and organisational demands the like of which policing has not seen in a generation and more. And they are not unique to London – policing the length and breadth of the country is feeling the strain.


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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Yesterday`s question in the House of Lords on the subject of the magistracy provided the usual rehash of the noble lords rehearsed opinions. Read for`ll take only three or four minutes at most.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
As a newly appointed J.P. it took me a while to absorb the fact that not only was police collaboration in writing up their notebooks of an incident normal; it was enshrined in page upon page of regulation. There is a link on this in the last post I made on this topic a year ago.  My initial thoughts were that within such a system were the foundations of corruption.  Phrases such as "rolling gait", "eyes glazed", and others similar were repeated in police officers` evidence read from their notebooks over and over again. One of the first questions of police witnesses when I first took the middle chair was to ask of them after they were sworn in if and with whom they had collaborated in their note taking.  Some colleagues  found this unusual but appreciated the significance.  It seems that now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has given this situation some thought although by its very mandate serious cases only are under consideration.  Its advice is that conferring should be eliminated.  That it has...

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Fire: Council tax bills will rise following Fire and Rescue budget – but only by 78p a year for most people

Written by RSS Poster News

RESIDENTS across Greater Manchester will pay more Council Tax to support the county’s fire and rescue service – but only 78p A YEAR for most people.

Members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) agreed a 1.99 per cent rise in their part of the Council Tax at a meeting this morning (Thursday, February 16).

But the increase, which will be listed as the fire and rescue service ‘precept’ on household bills, equates to just 78p extra for the whole year on a Band A property and £1.17 extra for the year on a Band D home.

The Service is the second largest fire and rescue service in England, looking after around 2.7 million people across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

It provides emergency response through 41 fire stations and an operational crew of around 1,300 uniformed officers working a 24/7 shift pattern on four watches.

In 2016, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
For longer than I care to remember I have been saddened by the cultural failure to divert addicts from courts to a medical pathway.  All the fiddling by successive Justice Secretaries and their minions from Sentencing Council to lies about the numbers of prison officers and all else in between makes me want to throw up. In today`s and this weekend`s  local newspapers  three cases shine the light on why we require custody for some non violent offenders, opposed by Howard League, and also why we should grasp the nettle to divert addicts committing low level crime from courts to a compulsory  medical pathway to eradicate their addiction. 

Although optimistic by nature I fear that no government with a democratic mandate to rule will ever have the balls to implement such a change in our attitudes to criminality.  We`ll have the same old cycle of events, claims and counter claims and Justice Secretaries who don`t even attempt to bang their heads against the status quo brick wall.

Fire: Get your car washed by a firefighter for charity

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Get your car washed by a firefighter for charity

Ambulance: Harm Reduction

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

Two words people in EMS interested in battling the opiate overdose epidemic should know are “HARM REDUCTION.”

According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.

Harm reduction “accepts, for better and or worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.”

We in EMS like to respond to calls where a crisis is happening and we fix it and the person is better and can return to their normal life.   Unfortunately, EMS calls are rarely that simple.

We give someone Narcan and then we find the same person oded later that day.  Does that mean, we stop trying to save them?  Or does it mean we have to find other ways to get through to them?

If we can’t stop someone from using drugs that could kill them, we can at least try to help them mitigate the risks.

Across the country harm reduction organizations run needle...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
With a prison population at almost record levels and no prospect of its being reduced without drastic reform of sentencing guidelines shrill voices are frequently proclaiming that incarceration for non violent offenders must no longer be tolerated. They must be dealt with in the community; whatever that actually means.  This offender sentenced earlier this week for driving whilst disqualified owing to a ban imposed for drink driving a month previously has been jailed for twelve weeks and had in addition a suspended sentence for the drink driving offence  activated.  She was not violent. Without the final sanction of custody just what would happen to such offenders?

Police: Queen's Police Medal Awards

Written by RSS Poster Old Plod

Over half of the Queen’s Police Medals
have been awarded to officers below the rank of superintendent.
Nine rank and file police officers have been 
awarded the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal
by Her Majesty The Queen as part of her 
New Year’s Honours – 3 times the number 
honoured in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
In one of her final actions as Home Secretary,
Prime MinisterTheresa May recommended 
that more officers below senior 
ranks should receive the Queen’s Police Medal, 
to recognise the vital role they play in protecting 
the public and address an imbalance over to 
whom the medal is awarded.
Police leaders responded by putting forward 
a number officers from junior ranks from 
across England and Wales who have shown 
outstanding courage and distinguished 
service in the line of duty. More than half 
of the 17 Queen’s Police Medals announced 
today have been awarded to officers below 
the rank of superintendent.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
These deserving recipients of Queen’s Police
Medals have gone above and beyond 
the call...

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