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Fire: Landlords in Merseyside urged to act on new fire safety laws for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Landlords in Merseyside are being urged to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws aimed at saving dozens of lives a year.



Three members of the Kent Fire Brigade died in the aftermath of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in November 1957.

From Kent History Forum

The fire which broke out at Oakwood Mental Hospital on 29th November 1957 will never be forgotten by the Brigade as amongst the six killed at the scene were three Brigade personnel. An emergency call was made by the night Nursing Superintendent immediately he discovered the fire whilst making his rounds.

The call was received at Maidstone Fire Station at 06.40 hours and were on the scene within four minutes. On arrival the Brigade found hospital staff fighting the fire with a jet, direct from a hydrant. Faced with a developing fire situation at first floor level adjacent to the wards containing 350 mentally ill patients, the officer-in-charge of the two appliances and Turntable Ladder despatched in the initial response got to work after "making pumps 6" at 06.48.

Having started in the tailor's shop on the first floor, the fire raged out of control through the workshop wing, the printer's shop,...

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Fire: Essex firefighters to stage protest strike against decimating frontline cuts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in Essex are planning to strike next Thursday (6th August) in protest at further cuts to firefighter jobs which the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says are set to decimate the county’s fire and rescue services.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) have already suffered some extremely severe budget cuts. These new proposed cuts will mean that another 187 jobs could go, shrinking the number of firefighters overall from 656 to 477, a 25% reduction.

Alan Chinn-Shaw, secretary of the FBU in Essex, said: “Our service has suffered cut after cut. These attacks are nothing less than a dismantling of the fire and rescue service in Essex.  If ECFRS are allowed to continue decimating our frontline service, the public will have to wait longer for their fire engines to arrive in an emergency. It is only a matter of time before there are casualties.

“ECFRS are making it impossible to maintain the safe, professional service we provide.  We are campaigning on behalf...

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Fire: Video | Applications open for 20th B&EMM school

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

This October will mark the twentieth Black & Ethnic Minority Members school held by the Fire Brigades Union at Wortley Hall.

National secretary of B&EMM Michael Nicholas says this year’s school will mark the achievements that black and ethnic minorities have made in the fire and rescue service, as well as in British society, over the past 20 years.

He said: “B&EMM was organised to ensure that our voices were heard in the UK fire and rescue service and within our union. This school will be a great platform for discussing and learning about those experiences, and to organise B&EMM campaigning going forward.”

The school takes place 9 – 11 October 2015 at Wortley Hall. Applications, that have to be returned by 14 August 2015, are available here.

The post Video | Applications open for 20th B&EMM school appeared first on Fire Brigades Union.

Fire: Electrical fault sparks fire at family home

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A mother and her two young sons had to flee their home after an electrical fault caused a kitchen socket to burst into flames. Charlotte Cooper, 29, who lives on the Lynn Estate in North Shields, was in the living room with her three-year-old and five-week-old boys when she heard a crackling noise coming from the kitchen. Charlotte said: "It sounded like fireworks, and when I went to see what it was there was smoke pouring out from the washing machine. As I was trying to get my sons out, the cupboard burst into flames and that set the smoke alarm off. "I went straight out the front door with the kids and got the dog and cat out then rang the fire brigade." Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's control room received the call at 8.37am on Tuesday, July 14 and two crews from Tynemouth Community Fire Station were despatched to the scene. Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire. Charlotte added: "The fire crews were there really quickly and were very reassuring. They also gave my little...

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Fire: Recalled dehumidifier causes house fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire officers are warning people to check their electrical appliances after a faulty dehumidifier that had been recalled by the manufacturer caused a fire at a home in Sunderland. The Wickes dehumidifier, Model SKU712919, was subject to a product recall in 2012. There is a potential safety issue with the internal wiring on this particular model that may cause it to overheat and become a fire hazard. The recall only affects models sold between October 2002 and December 2008. In the fire at a home in the Cleadon area of Sunderland earlier this month, the dehumidifier was completely destroyed, along with one square metre of flooring and skirting. The rest of the property was moderately smoke damaged. District Manager for Sunderland Ian Cuskin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The Electrical Safety Council website contains some excellent advice and also has a section where people can check if a product has been recalled. "I would urge anyone who is concerned about any of their electrical items to visit the site. Any goods that are subject to a product recall should be returned to the place of purchase."

Fire: Firefighters save public over one billion pounds in one year

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester saved the public over one billion pounds last year, according to research showing the impact of emergency responses.

Data recorded by firefighters for a Cost Benefit Analysis study also revealed that for every £1 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) spent on responding to fires, £18 was saved in lives and property.


As part of the study, which took place between April 2014 and March 2015, firefighters were asked to assess each primary fire they attended and record information about lives saved and estimates about the potential for fires spreading within the affected and adjoining properties.

According to the report, GMFRS is estimated to have saved Greater Manchester £224.2m in lives, £371.8m in property saved where a fire occurred and a further £672.5m in neighbouring properties that would have been damaged by the spread of fire if firefighters hadn’t attended. The total amount saved was a staggering £1.27bn in just one year.

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Fireman alongside statue of Queen Victoria after fire in Stepney, 1931

Fire: Notice regarding filming near Storrington Avenue, Croxteth, on July 29

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A safety film is being filmed on the evening of Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Training and Development Academy.


40 pumps, Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping, May 10, 1973

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