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Fire: Firefighters and MFRS staff to take part in Liverpool Pride 2016

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS firefighters staff to take part in Liverpool Pride 2016


Fire: Group Manager takes on Swiss Alpine Challenge for charity

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Group manager takes on Swiss Alpine Challenge for charity


Fire: New facilities at SafetyWorks! to promote key aspects of public safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A new community hub at SafetyWorks! designed to help tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Tyne and Wear is now open thanks to Police Innovation Funding secured by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird. SafetyWorks! is an interactive safety centre established and managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, working in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Northumbria Police, Nexus, St John's Ambulance and Sainsbury's. It provides, realistic, interactive learning experiences for young people and community groups, to learn about the prevention of danger and how to live safely. PCC Vera Baird today launched new and improved facilities throughout the centre, including a brand new area dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of CSE and how they can seek help. CSE is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. It is often a hidden crime as young people...

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Fire: Considering a dip? Think before you sink

Written by RSS Poster News

AS the warm weather continues, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing warnings to anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir.

The Service is regularly called to incidents where people get into difficulties in the water and with another hot weekend predicted, it is hoped people will think before they sink.

The warning is particularly relevant following the death of Jack Pullen, 16, who got into difficulties in the River Etherow in Broadbottom last week.

Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention, said: “Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.

“On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.

“In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear fire officer scoops Asian business award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A Tyne and Wear fire officer has won a top award at the regional Asian Business Connexions Awards held in Newcastle on Thursday, 14 July. Mehrban Sadiq, who is a community safety officer with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, won the Public Sector award at the ceremony held at the Beacon business centre, in Westgate Road. Mehrban, who is based at Newcastle Central Community Fire Station, is a former chairman of the national Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) and does voluntary work involving fire safety and first aid with a number of international charities in his own time. As part of the community safety team working with black and minority ethnic groups, he has played a key role in building links between the Service and local Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Chinese and other community groups to help protect them from fire and to promote careers in the fire and rescue service. Mehrban said: “Being part of the community safety team and working with the business community and the...

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Fire: Warning after firefighters help rescue two dogs from hot car

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Warning after firefighters help rescue two dogs from hot car


Fire: Police re-launch summer campaign to prevent arsons in Norwich

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Police in the north of the city are warning young people about the dangers of starting fires as the summer holidays get underway.

Norfolk Police have once again joined forces with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Norfolk Safer School Partnership to launch the Strike Out initiative.

In recent years officers have seen an increase in the number of arsons in the north of the city during the summer months and they have been taking action to prevent that rise this year.

The group have already been into schools in the area to educate young people on the dangers of starting fires and officers from the Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team has been working with shops and retailers in the area to ban the sale of lighters, matches and accelerants to anyone under the age of 18.

PC Garry Hoadley, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Safer Schools and Youth Engagement, said: “Unfortunately we saw a rise in the number of arsons in the north of the city last year compared to the previous year so...

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Fire: Have a sizzling and safe barbecue this summer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Now that summer and the school holidays are upon us, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to stay safe whilst having fun in the sun. With millions of people likely to be having barbecues as the weather becomes warmer, fire officers want to ensure families and friends can enjoy them safely. Area Manager Phil Clark, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “After a slow start to the summer, it's natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends when we do see some good weather. “Many of us can't wait to get the barbecue lit. We all know how tempting it can be to give stubborn coals a helping hand, but please be patient and make sure you use the right tools for the job. Also, make sure you use disposable barbecues properly. We have attended fires where they had been placed on decking and on top of wheelie bins. “If you've planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don't take the barbecue indoors or into a tent. In recent years some people have...

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Fire: Safety advice issued for summer visitors to Sefton's coast

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Safety advice issued for summer visitors to Sefton's coast


Fire: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in new life-saving initiatives

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Co-responding Project

A life-saving partnership that will see firefighters from seven Norfolk stations deployed to cardiac arrest incidents, alongside ambulance colleagues, started on Monday (18 July).

The new initiative being run by the Norfolk Fire and Rescue to support the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is the largest in the East of England.

At incidents where a patient is not breathing and their heart has stopped beating, the fire service, will be deployed as community first responders at the same time as EEAST. Firefighters are already trained in basic life support and are equipped with defibrillators.

Paul Seaman, Project Lead for Norfolk said: “This is an exciting new area of work for the Service and much time and planning has gone into providing a sound platform to start the Co-Responding Pilot. This project has the real potential to save lives in the county by using existing staff and their skills to provide lifesaving interventions. The service has worked closely with the...

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