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Fire: Fire service boxing club a life-changer for teenage boxing champ

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A TEENAGE boxer said he owes his success to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club after claiming top prize in the England Boxing Junior ABA championships.

Conner Tudsbury first visited the club in 2008 at the age of just eight after his mum Diane spotted a newspaper article advertising the first ever GMFRS boxing gym – run entirely by local firefighters.


Eight years later, now aged 16, Conner has become the first member of the club to represent the country with England Boxing and is set for knock-out career.

Conner said: “I’ve just won the junior ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) championships where the best people in the region boxed together to see who the best in England is. It’s something I’ve been trying to win for five years so it’s a really big accomplishment for me.”

But it hasn’t been an easy journey for...

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Fire: Fire crews rescue two stricken animals

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire crews and specialist rope rescue crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service saved a horse and a dog that had become trapped in two separate incidents in the Whitburn area, within 12 hours of each other. At around 7.30pm on Tuesday, (April 26) two crews from South Shields and two crews from Hebburn were called to Mill Lane after a 16 hand horse called Rosie got one of her legs stuck in a cast iron pipe. A vet who was present sedated the stricken mare and firefighters used cutting equipment to remove a section of the pipe, before releasing her leg. The animal was then left in the care of the vet and her owner. In the second incident, two crews from South Shields were dispatched to the Lighthouse View area just before 7am on Wednesday (April 27). This involved a spaniel that had fallen 60 feet down a sink hole while reportedly chasing a bird. A rope rescue operative was secured to a line and anchored to an appliance. The firefighter was then lowered into the hole to retrieve the dog, which...

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Fire: MFRS highlights importance of fire-stopping measures in commercial and civic buildings

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS highlights importance of fire-stopping measures in commercial and civic buildings

Fire: Automist Smartscan LABC Registered Detail Announced

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis have announced Automist Smartscan is an LABC Registered Solution (EW534). It is suitable to be used in any application where a BS 8458:2015 compliant watermist system is deemed to be acceptable as a code-compliant automatic water fire suppression system, for example in accordance with the recommendations of BS 9991:2015.

The development of Automist Smartscan was steered by computational fluid dynamics modelling by the University of Greenwich’s Fire Safety Engineering Group. Once the design was finalised it was extensively tested and proven to deliver performance superior of the requirements of the British Watermist Standard (BS 8458). Aware of the need for evidence, we pushed the Smartscan’s limits beyond the bare minimum, challenging it in many additional tests to suppress or extinguish fires in any position (even difficult fires directly under the nozzle or hidden by furniture) and in a variety of draught conditions. Demonstration tests have convincingly proved its worth time and time again....

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Fire: Witness appeal after £20,000 worth of damage caused by fire in Watton

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Officers from Dereham Police Station are looking for witnesses to the deliberate ignition of a straw bale stack in Watton.

The incident happened at approximately 7.55pm on Sunday 24 April 2016 at Watton Airfield in  Watton where a stack of hay bales, weighing approximately 450 tonnes, has been set alight causing considerable damage.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attended from Watton and Hingham to extinguish the fire and determined that it was ignited deliberately.  Subsequent crews from East Harling, Attleborough and Dereham maintained a watching brief throughout the night.

Station Manager Richard Smith said, "Fire can be extremely destructive, not only to people’s property, but also to their lives. I would ask that members of the public remain vigilant in reporting fires if they see them and to remember your own personal safety.”

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact PC...

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Fire: Merseyside firefighters teach water safety to schoolchildren and students during Drowning Prevention Week

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside firefighters teach water safety to schoolchildren and students during Drowning Prevention Week

Fire: Don't drink and drown

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THIS week, the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) are taking the lead on a campaign asking people to BE WATER AWARE to help reduce the numbers of accidental drownings.

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In Greater Manchester we will be focusing on the risks of falling into water after consuming alcohol, as many of the incidents our firefighters attend have involved people who have been drinking

Around 44 per cent of people who drown didn’t ever intend to enter the water. They fell into the water by accident when they were walking, running or taking part in other activities by the side of rivers, canals, lakes or reservoirs. A quarter of people who drown also have alcohol in their system.

We will be using our social media channels to raise awareness, as well as having a presence in key locations such as the canals in the city centre, Debdale Park and Dovestone Reservoir. We have collaborated with the Royal Life Saving Society, using the strapline 'Don’t Drink and Drown' and have produced a leaflet and poster carrying this message, which is above.

Please support the national campaign by tweeting water safety messages using the hashtag #bewateraware

For more information visit CFOA's website



Fire: GMFRS encourages more youngsters to join The Prince’s Trust scheme

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been working with The Prince’s Trust for 13 years and during that time has helped change the lives of around 1,700 young people.

The Prince’s Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion a UK tour is taking place, with Salford set to receive a visit on Monday, April 25, 2016. 

During the event at Media City (9am to 6pm) youth workers from GMFRS will be on hand to speak to those interested in The Prince’s Trust and getting involved with a future course. 

GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, ACFO Geoff Harris, said: “The Service runs programmes on behalf of The Prince’s Trust youth charity in seven areas of Greater Manchester – Bolton, Salford, Eccles, Hyde, Manchester, Stockport and Trafford – with each programme running three times every year.

“The Prince’s Trust programme is just one of the many youth initiatives run by GMFRS and the 12-week course is aimed at people aged...

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Fire: Exciting opportunity for unemployed young people in Sunderland

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Young people aged 16 to 25, who are unemployed and living in Sunderland, could learn new skills to help them into employment or training by signing up to the Prince's Trust Team Programme run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service at Farringdon and Marley Park Community Fire Stations. The courses, which have been running in Tyne and Wear for 23 years, give up to 12 young people the opportunity to meet other people, try out new skills, get a taste of the workplace and plan for the future - all in a specially designed 12-week course, starting on Monday, 9 May 2016. A taster session is also being held at Marley Park Community Fire Station on 3 May from 9:30am to 12:30pm so anyone interested can experience taking part in fire drills and team activities, as well has having a station tour. Activities on the 12-week courses include team building at a residential centre, a community fundraising project, a work placement, CV writing skills, interview technique training and a team...

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Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist

Plumis are delighted to celebrate today, 21 April 2016, being one of the select businesses recognised as winners of the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success. 

Our award was received for Innovation. This was in recognition of developing and commercialising a successful range of life saving fire safety products. Our latest innovation Automist Smartscanturned the traditional fire sprinkler, quite literally, on its head. It relocates the traditional spray heads from the ceiling to a wall mounted nozzle, and uses a rotating head that directly targets fires with a powerful jet of water mist. It has been proven to achieve the same performance as residential sprinkler systems and typically uses 90% less water, minimising the potential for water damage to the living space.

William Makant, Plumis MD, said "Automist Smartscan has risen in popularity among architects and builders for being super easy to retrofit—without requiring a tank or network...

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