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Fire: Batter safe than sorry!

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Pancake Day is a great opportunity to cook for ourselves, family and friends but being only once a year perhaps we don’t take as much care as we should?

Kristie Burdett, Norfolk Fire & Rescue’s Community Safety Manager suggests – Batter safe than sorry this Pancake Day!   We all enjoy entertaining our family and children with our pancake tossing skills but this is a great time to involve them in some fire safety activity. Rather than pointing out the dangers maybe you could ask them to show you? We always advise that you fit, regularly test and care for your smoke alarms but don’t forget to discuss and practise a safe escape route with everyone who lives in the home. Smoke detectors do save lives with early warning but we need you to get out quickly and safely should the worst happen.

Some fire safety help -


  • Try not to use too much oil.
  • Never leave the pan unattended, especially if young children are with you in the kitchen
  • Keep handles away from the edge of the cooker
  • Keep tea towels, cloths and paper...

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Fire: A very special thank you for firefighters in Swalwell

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Dot (Dorothy) Burnett, age 71 made a special visit to Swalwell Community Fire Station on Friday (5 February) to thank Blue Watch for tackling a fire at her home back in December. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 2:10pm on 20 December regarding a fire at Dot's two storey semi-detached home on Beverley Drive in Swalwell. Dot explained: “I was in a hurry before I left the house and I was looking for something in the kitchen drawer. I ended up pulling the drawer out and placing it on the electric cooker hob. I didn't realise that I must have knocked the ignition button and switched the hob on. When I returned home, the kitchen was on fire and full of thick black smoke and my smoke alarm was beeping loudly. I panicked and entered the house, thinking I could sort it out. “I now realise that I should never have entered the house and I would tell others never to do this. As a result, I suffered smoke inhalation and I was taken to the Queen Elizabeth...

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Fire: Register My Appliance - Right Now!

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Register My Appliance

Fire: Hate Crime Awareness Week

Written by RSS Poster News

GMFRS is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from today (Monday) until Sunday, February 14.


 Click on the image above to watch a video about Hate Crime

The week of activities aims to raise awareness of hate crime, how it affects victims and how we can support people to report incidents.

Hate crime occurs against race, religion, transgender identity, sexuality, disability and alternative subcultures.

Our Manchester Borough community team will be at the Challenging Hate Forum, being hosted at Manchester Cathedral on Friday, February 2016, when Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd will speak about the issue.

People can support the week on social media by including the hashtag #endhatecrime in any tweets and following Greater Manchester Police’s twitter account at: @gmpolice, where events will be posted.

Hate crimes can be reported here and further information is available here.

Hate crime reporting centres have been set up – these are non-police venues where you can report incidents. Visit here for more information.

Fire: Tameside Hospital supports GMFRS to lower call outs to false alarms

Written by RSS Poster News

WORKING closely with staff at their local hospital fire safety officers in Tameside have helped to reduce the number of false alarms attended by firefighters. 

On Monday, January 25, 2016 a call challenging protocol was introduced at Tameside Hospital following years of work between GMFRS and the hospital.  

The partnership has already led to a noticeable difference in the number of times crews have been called to false alarms at the hospital. 

Staff members at Tameside Hospital now check what has set off their alarms before calling 999 whereas previously the person working on the switchboard would call for a fire engine immediately. 

This means that when there isn’t a genuine emergency, firefighters and resources are available to respond to more serious incidents. 

Tameside Fire Safety Officer Jon Sweeney said: “The protocol at Tameside Hospital means that call challenging is now taking place Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm, which will hopefully further reduce calls outs to...

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Fire: TWFRS pioneers action on emergency services mental health

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) are celebrating becoming the first emergency service in the North East to sign the Blue Light Time to Change pledge to tackle stigma around mental health. Run by mental health charity Mind, the Blue Light programme was launched following research that showed emergency services staff and volunteers in England are more likely to experience mental ill health but less likely to seek support than the general population. To mark national Time to Talk Day (4 February 2016), staff at TWFRS will be led by Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling at an event to share their understanding of mental health and the action they can take to help keep themselves and colleagues well for work. CFO Capeling said: “I'm really proud that our Service has embraced this opportunity to play its part in ending the stigma that wrongly surrounds mental health in our society. “Signing the Blue Light pledge means we are committed to a set of actions that will support...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service welcomes six new apprentices

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service welcomes six new apprentices

Fire: Fire on South Lowestoft Industrial Estate

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

12655951_10153860188240629_11490527_oI know! It's been far too long since I posted anything on here about shouts.

No excuses really - work, life and couldn't be arsed all come into play.

So let's make amends now...

I was sitting chatting to the present Mrs. C, waiting the arrival of a health care professional to help us with Karen's ongoing care requirements. I won't bore you with the details suffice to say, if you don't already know, that Mrs. C broke her neck 27 years ago, uses a wheelchair to get about but leads a busy life that makes me knackered trying to keep up.

Enough of the back story.

So, with two minutes to go before the arrival of our 'guest' my little black number throws a wobbly and has me apologising profusely to The Boss before I head out the door and hot-foot it across to North Lowestoft Fire Station.

Archie, who's part of the South Lowestoft On Call crew is crossing the road with all his kit. To help keep pumps on the run, Archie has one of our alerters as his building work sees him working even closer to the fire...

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Fire: Lowestoft meeting to discuss cuts to Fire Service budget in Suffolk

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

SFRS-logoAround 80 people attended the public meeting on 1st February where the Chief Fire Officer, Mark Hardingham and Cllr Matthew Hicks sort to explain and 'sell' the proposed cuts to frontline fire engines and firefighters.

The meeting, held at the swanky new council offices at Riverside, Lowestoft was well stage-managed and largely deflected any major spats for the the Fire Service or County Council.

We sat on tables of 8, each with an officer present to answer general questions - our table was fortunate to have local Group Commander, John Tiffen.

I have to say I've never seen so many officers in one place unless you count Endeavour House...

The Chief gave a short presentation to explain the reduction and now plateau-ing of fires and RTC's and where the proposed cuts will be. We then, on each table discussed the proposals with the officer and numerous Lowestoft firefighters present able to answer questions from members of the public. Hopefully the answers given by the...

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Fire: Successful partnership protects residents from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have signed an agreement to provide fire safety advice to help Places for People to keep their customers safer from fire in the future. As part of the agreement, Fire Officers will provide assurance on how to comply with fire safety legislation by carrying out a comprehensive and impartial review of the organisation's fire safety policies and procedures. The Primary Authority scheme was first introduced by the Government in 2008 to help reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. It allows businesses to deal with one regulatory authority, nationally, rather than individual authorities in different locations. Places for People is one of the largest property, leisure management and regeneration companies in the UK. The organisation owns or manages over 140,000 homes and supports around 7,500 people, many of which are vulnerable with different needs. The company also develops leisure facilities on behalf of...

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