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Fire: Fire (over)engineering my pad?

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Open plan layouts as an architectural trend is here, either in homes or flats, there is no denying that the increased feel of space and the ability to maximise the use of small footprint properties make it a win-win for architects and occupants.

The reason this was not a default setup in the past is because it went against the prescriptive guidance.  So what has changed? The adoption of fire engineering principles in the guidance documents that are issued for the industry such as Approved Document B and BS 9991.  These documents used to be compartmentation heavy, i.e. they would rely only on passive fire protection measures such as walls, fire doors and door closers to ensure a fire would develop only within a room, leaving the escape route free for occupants. This required a “protected corridor” to be designed through the property where escape could take place.  And as a consequence your open plan dream went out of the window.  The increased use of sprinklers, water mist, enhanced (linked) detection and alarm and...

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Fire: PARTNER RELEASE - Warning issued after mobile phone causes house fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Gateshead Council Trading Standards are issuing a joint warning to people to ensure they only use the proper chargers whenever they charge their phones. Their warning follows a house fire in Blaydon which was caused by a mobile phone overheating and causing the surface it was placed on to catch fire after it was connected to an incompatible USB plug. The phone had been left to charge in a bedroom, but within 20 minutes of the phone being connected to the charger the householder smelt smoke. When they opened the bedroom door to investigate they were confronted with a fire. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the property in Blaydon on 30 December 2016. There were no injuries. The burnt phone and charger were sent to Gateshead Council's testing laboratory where it was established that the phone and charger were incompatible and that this caused the phone to overheat. The problem was then further compounded by the fact...

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Fire: Sprinkler system saves recycling plant from fire damage

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A recycling plant in Gateshead was saved from serious damage thanks to a sprinkler system which activated after a fire broke out in the early morning of Monday, 16 January. Two Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Swalwell and Gateshead were called to the waste management company's premises after a compactor bailing machine caught fire shortly after 5am. The fire was caused by tightly compacted waste spontaneously combusting. The sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading further and is connected directly to the fire and rescue service, which alerted the control room to the fire. It was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, using a hose reel. Firefighters also used hi-tech Cobra equipment in the final stages of the incident to extinguish the rubbish on fire inside the compactor machine. Cobra uses a high pressure hose reel water jet system, which has the facility to draw abrasive into the water jet and can pierce through all common building...

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Fire: New fire and rescue service vehicle scales the heights

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Caption: L-R, Cllr Nick Forbes and Watch Manager Dave Summers Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has added a new aerial ladder platform (ALP) vehicle to its fleet to improve safety for the public and firefighters. The Bronto Skylift ALP is capable of reaching heights of up to 37m or 120ft, making it the fourth largest vehicle of its kind in the country and the largest in the North East region. It has the ability to reach the parapets of all bridges in the Tyne and Wear area, as well as high rise buildings, and will be used for firefighting, rescues and special services. The new vehicle will come into service at the end of February, replacing the oldest ALP in the Tyne and Wear fleet which is 15 years old. Cllr Nick Forbes, vice-chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority, braved the elements on Monday, 16 January to experience the ALP's capabilities at first hand. Cllr Forbes said: “This state of the art vehicle, which can reach the highest buildings and bridges in Tyne...

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Fire: Could you be our new Control Room Operator?

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Could you be our new Control Room Operator?

Fire: Flooding in Lowestoft - we were ready...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

It didn't bode well that the predicted flooding in Lowestoft and along the East Coast was scheduled for Friday 13th.

The previous day we were asked for volunteers to crew our pump as part of the Fire Service response to any flooding in the North of Lowestoft.

Plans were already underway in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to draft in additional resources from other Fire and Rescue Services across the country as part of the National Resilience capability.

Our first stint on standby at North Lowestoft Fire Station ran from 0800-1200 on Friday to cover the first high tide of the day. We were joined by a water rescue team made up of off-duty wholetime firefighters from Lowestoft South Fire Station.

A similar set up was in force south of the river with the duty watch providing another water rescue team with support from the on call firefighters at Lowestoft South.

The morning's high tide passed without incident and we headed home to grab some grub and wait till we were next required at 1800 hours.

The evening...

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Fire: RIPLEY - 1969


On Feb. 10, 1969, a fire and explosion at a hardware rocked the village of Ripley in Surrey.

"The explosions sent shattered roof tiling across the High Street, windows on the opposite side of the road were cracked by the heat, properties rocked, and a gas cylinder was thrown 150 yards across the village green into trees," the Guilford Times and Advertiser reported.

Firefighters from Guildford, Woking, Esher and Camberley responded to the alarm.

"The fire began while a tanker was pumping paraffin into the store; a store which sold everything from bicycles, television sets and crockery to furniture, paraffin, gas and petrol," the newspaper said. "Large-scale evacuation procedures were pursued because of the fear that petrol tanks would explode, the tanks being under the forecourt, and under the garden of an adjacent cottage of Mr and Mrs Charles Shoesmith, who were on holiday in Majorca."


Emergency services at London Southend Airport, about 1958. 

Fire: EALING - 1973

On Dec. 19, 1973, an express train traveling at 70 mph derailed at Ealing in West London, killing 10 people and injuring almost 100 more. Investigators determined the accident was caused by an open door on the locomotive's battery box.     

Fire: Join our Prince's Trust personal development course

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Join our Prince's Trust personal development course

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