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Fire: RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER REQUIREMENT WILL REMAIN IN 2018 IRC

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
ICC just released their preliminary online voting results, and Proposal RB129-16, which attempted to remove the residential sprinkler requirement from the International Residential Code, is shown as DISAPPROVED.  Therefore, the requirement to install fire sprinklers all newly constructed homes will remain in the 2018 edition of the IRC.

We were also successful in gaining approval of two changes that incentivize and support sprinkler requirements, Proposals RB89-16 and ADM36-16. However, we came up short of the required 2/3 majority to overturn committee recommendations on Proposals RB51-16 (dealing specifically with stacked duplexes), and RB69-16 (dealing with protection of lightweight floor assemblies).

For more details visit: http://ircfiresprinkler.org/


Fire: GMFRS joins forces with Public Health England to keep people warm and well this winter

Written by RSS Poster News

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Picture caption left to right: Councillor Tom McGee, Executive Councillor (Health), Stockport MBC, Councillor David Acton, Chairman, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority, Andrew Webb, Corporate Director (People), Stockport MBC, Watch Manager Steve Bullock, GMFRS, Sister Jan Sinclair, Senior Health Care Public Health Nurse, Dr Donna Sager, Deputy Director of Public Health, People's Directorate, Stockport MBC, Paul Starling, Borough Based Group Manager, Stockport and Tameside

MANCHESTER fire and rescue staff are joining forces with Public Health England (PHE) this winter to help communities stay well and warm through the cold months ahead.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign will see fire and rescue staff across the City Region offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during Safe and Well Visits.

Staff will also be delivering winter warmth bags to the Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable elderly residents.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service...

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Fire: Donate gifts at MFRS fire stations to help children in Merseyside this Christmas

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Donate gifts at MFRS fire stations to help children in Merseyside this Christmas


Fire: The elves are helping to support a merry and safe Christmas

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has launched its Christmas safety campaign, with the assistance of one of Santa's little helpers. During December 2015, TWFRS crews attended 46 accidental fires in homes, and this year's campaign is aimed at reducing this number. The campaign is being led through social media in the form of a virtual advent calendar featuring the Elf on the Shelf character. Every day between 1 and 25 December, the elf will post a different safety message on TWFRS social media channels with the hashtag #elfontheshelf to help people stay safe over the Christmas period. Safety messages will range from checking smoke alarms and fairy lights to not overloading electrical sockets and not cooking under the influence of alcohol. The campaign will also include road and water safety messages. Later this month, TWFRS will also launch a dedicated 12 Days of Christmas web page, with more detailed safety advice and tips based on Christmas themes. Assistant Chief...

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Fire: Heywood firefighters receive award from the Royal Horticultural Society

Written by RSS Poster News

FOLLOWING on from this year’s Heywood in Bloom contest, the hard work of GMFRS firefighters over the summer has once again been recognised by Royal Horticultural Society judges. 

Heywood firefighters made a floral display at the front of the station, highlighting the safety message ‘ban the pan’ to remind people of cooking fires and dangers. 

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On Tuesday, November 29, John Carney from Heywood in Bloom hand-delivered the station’s well-earned award to Station Manager Danny Marshall. 

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SM Marshall said: “Heywood station has supported Heywood in Bloom for a number of years now, which forms part of North West in Bloom. 

“The competition sees organisations, including local sheltered housing, join forces and support the event. A route is then formed through the centre of Heywood, where each contestant displays flowers. 

“The event is judged by the Royal Horticultural Society, who visits the displays between June and August. This year the Heywood route received a gold award with our station gaining a level four thriving award - which is deemed to be good.”



Fire: Attacks on fire crews condemned

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has repeated concerns about an increase in anti-social behaviour, as an incident at the weekend becomes the latest in a recent spate of attacks on fire crews. In the last six weeks there have been 11 attacks on firefighters, nine of which took place over the bonfire period. The latest incident happened on Friday night (25 November) in Newcastle, when a crew came under attack from youths throwing missiles at their vehicle. The Service's control room received a call at 7.43pm reporting a bonfire in the West Avenue area of Westerhope. When the crew from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station arrived at the scene their fire appliance was pelted with bottles by a gang of youths. Fortunately, none of the firefighters were injured in the attack, but the vehicle sustained a broken window and is currently off the road awaiting repairs which are expected to cost about £500. On the following afternoon (Saturday, 26 November) a crew attended a fire on the playing fields...

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Fire: Work begins on Prescot Fire and Police Station

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Work begins on Prescot Fire and Police Station


Fire: GMFRS on a mission for Christmas 2016

Written by RSS Poster News

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is assisting Key 103 with Mission Christmas helping to provide children living in poverty with at least one present to open. 

As in previous years all of GMFRS’ fire stations will act as collection points for members of the public to drop off their presents. 

Presents delivered to stations must be new and unwrapped and dropped off before midnight on Wednesday, December 14. 

Further information about Mission Christmas, including other drop off points in Greater Manchester, can be found here: http://www.key103.co.uk/charity/mission-christmas/



Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and partners have joined the mannequin challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and partners have joined the mannequin challenge social media phenomenon. This frozen in action video delivers a serious water safety message 'Time and tide stand still for no one - Cold Water Kills!'


Fire: Putting firefighting into perspective

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Staff from two of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's Primary Authority partners recently became firefighters for a day when they attended fire perspective days at the Service's training centre. Groups from Sainsbury's and Places for People Group Ltd (PFP) were given an insight into the dangers posed to operational firefighters, such as how fire affects buildings and can spread quickly. They also learned about the importance of fixed and portable water supplies and how risk assessors can plan for and mitigate the effects of fire. To enhance the partnerships and to provide a greater awareness of the modern day fire and rescue service, the groups took part in firefighting activities including: Working in smoke and darkness. Wearing breathing apparatus. Search and rescue techniques. Hot fire simulated exercises. Responding to emergency incidents. The fire perspective days are designed to help partner organisations to create a safer working and living environment, and at the...

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