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Fire: At least 750 homes in Norwich escaped deadly gas incidents in the last year

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

At least 750 homes in Norwich escaped deadly gas incidents in the last year    Gas Safety Week Logo

  • Norwich is the most at risk area in the East of England with one in three homes found to have an unsafe gas appliance 
  • To mark Gas Safety Week (15-21 September) Gas Safe Register, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and local registered engineers will be in Chapelfield shopping centre on Thursday 18 September to advise the public on how to stay gas safe

To mark the start of Gas Safety Week, new research released today has revealed at least 750 homes in Norwich have escaped deadly gas incidents, such as explosions, fires and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, in the last year. 1

The research carried out among Gas Safe registered engineers revealed that over half (57 per cent) found a dangerous gas boiler, cooker or fire in a customer’s home in the last year that needed turning off immediately. Around half (45 per cent) of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had...

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Fire: Wallsend school boy earns top bravery award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A 10-year-old school boy from Wallsend has received a bravery award for saving someone's life in a house fire in June. Robert was walking to his breakfast club at Denbigh Primary School on Thursday 19 June when he heard a smoke alarm going off. Robert said: “It was my 10th Birthday and I was excited about seeing all my friends at breakfast club. When I walked past a house I could hear the loud screeching noise from a smoke alarm. I ran right up to the window and I could see a woman lying there. "We had a talk from firefighters at our school at the beginning of the summer and I remembered that they said you need to act quickly and ask someone with a phone to call 999. I turned around and saw a lady at the side of the road, so I ran to her and asked her to call the fire service.” The Control Room at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service received the call at 7:58am and two fire appliances arrived at the scene, along with other emergency services, within minutes. When crews arrived, the...

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Fire: Man owes his life to his smoke alarm and Care Call lifeline

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A Gateshead man is lucky to be alive after his chip pan caught fire as he lay fast asleep in bed. Robert Brown, age 35, from Oakwood Street on Leam Lane Estate in Felling decided to make something to eat on Saturday 30 August and it nearly cost him his life. He put some sausages and chips into his chip pan then fell into a deep sleep after he took medication and had drunk alcohol. Lorinda Russell, Gateshead Council Care Call Manager said: “Robert's smoke alarm activated from the thick black smoke which quickly notified Care Call Centre that there was a fire and Robert could be in danger. Our operator shouted Robert's name through the intercom. When Robert didn't reply, the operator contacted the Control Room at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and fire crews were immediately dispatched to Robert's home. Robert said: “I began to stir when I heard the lady's voice through the intercom system. I could see thick black smoke and I began to choke. I remember putting...

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Fire: Pensions – discussions with Government continue

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

The FBU continues to discuss with government Ministers at Westminster and elsewhere in an attempt to resolve the long running dispute over firefighter pensions.

DCLG fire minister, Penny Mordaunt had previously written to the union suggesting a meeting in the week commencing 8 September. This meeting took place on 11 September. Further discussions have taken place since and are continuing, as FBU negotiators seek to clarify the current position of DCLG on various issues. In addition, the FBU continues to seek specialist advice on various aspects of the issues under discussion.

Discussions on pensions have also continued during the past few days with the other relevant departments in Wales, Scotland and N Ireland.

The union’s executive council meets next week (week commencing 15 September) to asses whether any progress has been made in these latest discussions.

Fire: Woman Marks 40 Years Of Service

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A woman has marked 40 years of handling emergency calls and helping to save lives at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS).

Fire: Drink-driving eye-opener for college students in Bury

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STUDENTS were given an eye-opening insight into the consequences of drink-driving when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) paid a visit to Bury College.

Firefighters from Whitefield Fire Station, GMFRS volunteers, and community safety staff shared advice and information with students during the college's road safety day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

The main attraction of the day was the wreckage of a crashed car that was on display in the college car park to deter people from drink-driving.


The driver of the car - a 24-year-old Tameside man - died instantly when the car collided at speed in April 2012. He'd drunk four pints of cider before getting behind the wheel.

Students were able to look at the car and speak to firefighters about what happens when they have to cut someone out of a vehicle.

Volunteers set up a stall full of information and advice in the college canteen and students were able to test out their skills on GMFRS' driving simulator.


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Fire: Open Day At Southport Fire Station

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A community open day will be held at Southport Community Fire Station with a variety of activities on offer for the family to enjoy.

Fire: Greater Manchester hailed as global resilience role model

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GREATER Manchester has been recognised as a "Role Model for Total Resilience" because of its focus on implementing the campaign's entire ten-point checklist for building resilience to disasters.

Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR),welcomed the region's 10 local authorities who have signed up to take part in the campaign, which means they have demonstrated a robust approach to risk management.

The 10 Greater Manchester authorities were confirmed as members of the campaign after being presented with signed certificates from Ms Wahlström, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during an event at The Lowry arts centre in Salford on Monday 8 September.

Taking part in the campaign will enable AGMA authorities to work closely with other urban areas to share innovative ideas, and Greater Manchester has also been named as a role model for other cities both in the UK and...

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Fire: Bury training and community site plans given go ahead

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PLANS for GMFRS' new state-of the art training and community centre in Bury have been given the green light by town hall planners.

Members of the Bury Council Planning Control Committee approved the proposals with conditions at a meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

It means construction work can now begin to develop the multi-million pound operational training centre and community safety hub on land off Wellington Street. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "We're delighted that plans for our new firefighter training and community centre have been given the go ahead.

"This development will be a great asset not just for the Bury community but for the whole of Greater Manchester - helping to bring fire safety to life and give members of the public a real insight into how firefighters train.

"Due to a successful reduction in fires in Greater Manchester over several years, firefighters now need to train even more than ever in realistic...

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Fire: Charity Car Wash In Huyton

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters are holding a car wash to raise funds for a new British Red Cross emergency support vehicle and The Fire Fighters Charity.

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