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Fire: Carer saves residents from fire in care home

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents at a care home in Newcastle are safe and well thanks to the quick actions of carer Susie Jardine. Susie discovered a fire at Westwood Lodge Care Home on Bentinck Road at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 24 January. Susie said: “When I entered the toilets on the first floor, I discovered smoke coming from a bin. I was shocked, but thankfully I remembered my training and raised the alarm immediately by hitting the red manual call point. I alerted my colleagues who called 999 and evacuated residents to a safe area. I returned to the toilet and put the fire out with an extinguisher. I am so grateful I had the fire safety training.” Susie managed to extinguish the fire completely just before four fire appliances from Newcastle and Gateshead attended the three-storey care home. Firefighters remained on site to ventilate the property to enable the care home to stay open. Care home manager Lynne Burnett said: “We take the safety of our residents and staff very seriously and pride ourselves...

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Fire: Council tax bills will rise following Fire and Rescue budget – but only by 78p a year for most people

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RESIDENTS across Greater Manchester will pay more Council Tax to support the county’s fire and rescue service – but only 78p A YEAR for most people.

Members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) agreed a 1.99 per cent rise in their part of the Council Tax at a meeting this morning (Thursday, February 16).

But the increase, which will be listed as the fire and rescue service ‘precept’ on household bills, equates to just 78p extra for the whole year on a Band A property and £1.17 extra for the year on a Band D home.

The Service is the second largest fire and rescue service in England, looking after around 2.7 million people across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

It provides emergency response through 41 fire stations and an operational crew of around 1,300 uniformed officers working a 24/7 shift pattern on four watches.

In 2016, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:

Fire: Get your car washed by a firefighter for charity

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Get your car washed by a firefighter for charity

Fire: PARTNER RELEASE - Schoolchildren from Wearside visit SafetyWorks!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Pictured at SafetyWorks! are Cllr Peter Gibson, Chair of the West Area Committee, Year 6 students from Plains Farm Academy and PCSO Jen Charlton. SafetyWorks! - the innovative interactive safety centre - is welcoming schools from across the region to experience their new educational packages. The centre offers age appropriate sessions specifically for children, young people and vulnerable groups, to learn about the potential dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in today's modern society. It also provides comprehensive safety advice on topics from fire safety to personal safety . Now thanks to support from Sunderland City Council's West Area Committee, children from Sunderland are continuing to enjoy visits to the centre after the West Area Committee Councillors agreed funding for travel costs. SafetyWorks!, based in Newcastle, is run by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in conjunction with Northumbria Police and partners and caters for school...

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Fire: The passing of the dog collar

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking for help to give a codename to our newest recruit!

Primary schools county-wide are being called on to help give Eric, a 17 month old black Labrador, a codename for when he is out using the power of his nose to keep people safe.

Eric is intelligent, full of energy and his sniffing powers are second to none.

Other fire dogs have included Cracker, Ace and Echo, with Cracker soon to pass on her dog collar as she heads towards retirement after 10 years high quality work.

Entries need to be sent to [email protected] by Friday, March 3, with the winner to be announced shortly afterwards on Twitter @ManchesterFire.

Fire dogs are put through several months of intensive training to make sure they are the best they can be and can work in all kinds of situations.

Mike Dewar, Dog Unit Manager, said: “Eric is going to work really well as he has so much energy – which is exactly what you want from a fire investigation dog.

“Cracker has been showing him the...

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Fire: Survey calls for businesses to have their say in cutting through red tape

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Partners delivering a programme designed to help businesses cut through legislative and regulatory red tape are being invited to help shape support they need to grow their business. Better Business for All (BBFA) being delivered in partnership by the Department for International Trade, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), North East Fire and Rescue Services, local authority regulatory services and the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships. Over 55 per cent of small business owners say their company's growth is being held back by the amount of time they have to dedicate to business administration and compliance, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The programme has been set up to break down these barriers by providing support to improve understanding of administration and compliance to ensure businesses meet the required regulatory standards. The partners are asking businesses across the North East and Tees Valley to...

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Fire: Fire Service Teams up with Stroke Association

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STAFF at the fire service are swapping skills with a stroke awareness charity to increase knowledge about the most vulnerable people in our communities in a bid to make them safer.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has teamed up with the Stroke Association in the North West, to help improve the health and well-being of vulnerable adults in Greater Manchester and raise awareness of the work of both organisations.

Working in collaboration, the two organisations have established an agreement to promote referrals for Safe and Well Visits from GMFRS and support from the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Services in Manchester. The partnership also aims to increase fire safety awareness amongst people living with stroke in Greater Manchester, as well as stroke awareness amongst GMFRS staff.

Over the next 12 months, GMFRS will deliver fire safety awareness training to Stroke Association staff and volunteers, refer people in the community to the Stroke Association, promote the Stroke Association’s...

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Fire: Firefighters to carry out exercise with Sherwin-Williams in Bolton - Sunday, February 19

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FIREFIGHTERS in Bolton have planned an exercise which will test procedures in place at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) for dealing with incidents involving large-scale industrial properties.

Crew Manager Chris Wilcox, from Bolton Central Community Fire Station, said: “Bolton based industrial coatings manufacturer, Sherwin-Williams, has agreed to allow us to test our procedures.

“A number of firefighters and engines will be in and around Kestor Street and Mule Street, just outside Bolton Town Centre, between 10am and 1pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017. This is a routine exercise and we don’t want people to be alarmed if they see us in the area.”

The large scale exercise will see our firefighters deal with a complex mock incident at Sherwin-Williams involving multiple ‘casualties’.

No roads will be closed on the day and there will be access to all businesses around the cordon.

Fire: Don't end up Fifty Shades of Red this Valentine's Day

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ADVENTUROUS types are being given a word of caution about finding themselves trapped in red-faced situations by the fire service this Valentine’s Day.

As the second Fifty Shades of Grey film (Fifty Shades Darker) hits cinemas Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is joining London Fire Brigade and its Fifty Shades of Red campaign to ask people to think carefully before getting themselves into sticky situations.

Rescuing people from handcuffs, kettle spouts and bowling balls is not perhaps what firefighters are best known for but these are all examples of incidents GMFRS has been called out to since January 2016.

During the 12-month period GMFRS also rescued three men with rings stuck on their penises and 13 people trapped in handcuffs.

Crews have attended more than 420 incidents of people trapped or stuck, often in everyday household items, including:


Fire: Set hearts on fire this Valentine’s Day, not your home

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Set hearts on fire this Valentine’s Day, not your home

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