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Fire: Fire chiefs issue safety warning following spate of gas cylinder fires in North Tyneside

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care around gas cylinders after a number of recent fires. Since April 1, the Service has attended seven incidents involving gas cylinders, four of which were in North Tyneside. On Monday, April 6, two crews from Wallsend and Byker Community Fire Stations were called to a fire in Sussex Gardens, Wallsend. A propane gas cylinder in the garden shed of the property had caught fire and was releasing gas. Firefighters extinguished the blaze using two hose reels, however the 3m by 2m shed and its contents were completely destroyed. North Tyneside District Manager Graeme Hurst, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Like all closed metal containers, gas cylinders can be extremely hazardous and present a risk of explosion if exposed to fire or extreme heat. Anyone using gas cylinders...

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Fire: Fire chiefs issue safety warning following spate of gas cylinder fires in Sunderland

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care around gas cylinders after a number of recent fires. Since April 1, the Service has attended seven incidents involving gas cylinders, three of which were in Sunderland. On Friday, April 24, three crews from Rainton Bridge, Farringdon and Washington attended a garden fire that had been left unattended at allotments in Regent Street, Hetton-le-Hole. Six propane cylinders were found in the allotments, two of which were directly involved in the fire. Four hose reels and two water jets were needed to put out the fire, which had spread to a shed, a greenhouse and four wooden garages. One of the garages, along with the shed and greenhouse, were destroyed, while the other garages suffered smoke damage. Sunderland District Manager Ian Cuskin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Like...

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Fire: Blog | After the election our struggle continues

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

With the general election only days away the result is still too close to call.

Once the election is over, our union, with others, will need to assess the situation and the next steps for the FBU and the rest of the movement.

It is clear that we are not likely to face any sudden easing-up of the various attacks we have faced for many years – and particularly since 2010.

That should give us the chance to reflect. Why is it that workers are under attack? Why have living standards fallen for millions? Why have the pensions of over five million public sector workers been attacked and changed? Why have our public services been slashed?

These attacks began after the banking crises of 2007/8 which sparked a world economic crisis leading to a sharp drop in tax income.

It was this that set off the escalation of the deficits in public finances in the UK and across much of the world.

We are under attack because of a serious failing in the economic system – not because there were too many firefighters,...

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Fire: Public Meeting Tonight, May 5, On Consultation On Fire Cover Proposals For West Wirral

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
The third public meeting as part of a consultation on fire cover in West Wirral is due to be held on Tuesday, 5th May.


Fire: New Sign Language Video Released And An Important Safety Message For Deaf And Hard of Hearing People

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) is calling on people who are deaf or hard of hearing to prevent becoming a victim of fire in their home.


Fire: Warning About The Dangers And Consequences Of Arson Issued

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is highlighting the dangers of deliberately setting fires, as part of Arson Awareness Week.


Fire: An appeal for Nepal

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

As demonstrated by April’s devastating earthquake Nepal is afflicted by more than its fair share of natural hazards. International aid agencies have long recognized that Kathmandu is the most at risk urban population on the planet due to the high risk of earthquakes in the area.

For firefighters in Kathmandu and across Nepal working with obsolete vehicles and equipment is the norm – if there is any equipment at all.

In many municipalities the complete absence of a fire service response has resulted in army and police forces demolishing unaffected properties in the vicinity of a fire to form a firebreak.

Where there is fire cover the congested narrow streets make just getting to a fire challenging – let alone securing a water supply.

Add to that the stock of ancient timber and brick buildings and open fires the potential for fire spread is high. By any standards firefighting in Nepal is tough.

Since 2010 Devon and Somerset FBU member John Monaghan has co-ordinated a number of donations of firefighting vehicles and...

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Fire: Union responds to David Cameron comparing himself to a firefighter

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Responding to David Cameron referring to himself as a firefighter battling to put out fires in government Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: “Firefighters will be appalled that David Cameron has the gall to draw comparisons between himself and the lifesaving service firefighters provide.

“Under Cameron’s leadership the fire and rescue service has been decimated by funding cuts and the pensions of thousands of firefighters stolen.

“Cameron has put the public at risk as emergency 999 response times continue to rise and fire engines are now frequently understaffed.

“If Cameron really thought like a firefighter then he would recognise the funding crisis hitting the fire and rescue service and work to resolve it.”

The unions sounding the alarm report found that since 2010 budgets in the fire and rescue service have been cut by 20%, over 5,000 frontline firefighter jobs have been lost and over 40 fire stations have closed.

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Fire: Don't play with fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
School children in North Tyneside are being targeted in a campaign to reduce the number of fires started deliberately during Spring. During April and May, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately. Not only do these anti-social behaviour fires cause damage to property, the environment and tie up firefighters unnecessarily, but they can also cause injuries and deaths. What may seem like a bit of fun can quickly spread and endanger lives. District Manager Graeme Hurst, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The busiest time of year for anti-social behaviour fires is actually April. Most people think its November, when we are busy with the Bonfire period, but that's not the case, although that is our next busiest time. "Now that British Summer Time has arrived and the nights are lighter for longer, we see a real increase in these types of fires. They accounted for 65 per cent of all fire incidents we attended during April 2014 and we saw a peak between...

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Fire: Spate of kitchen fires sparks safety warning

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when cooking following a spate of kitchen fires in the last few weeks. Fire crews responded to 33 kitchen fires across the Tyne and Wear area between April 1 and April 24. The majority of these incidents were as a result of cooking left unattended. Although nobody was seriously injured in any of the incidents, a number of kitchen appliances were destroyed and many of the homes involved were damaged by smoke. On Tuesday, April 14, two crews from South Shields and Hebburn attended a fire at a property in Charles Street, Boldon Colliery, caused by a chip pan being left unattended. In Sunderland, two fire crews from Farringdon Community Fire Station were called to a fire at a house in Gleneagles Road on Tuesday, April 21. The fire was caused by cooking left unattended. In Newcastle, four fire crews from Newcastle Central, Byker and Gateshead Community Fire Stations attended a kitchen fire at a flat in Hawthorn Terrace, Elswick...

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