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Fire: And all because the lady loves a burly, tattooed firefighter

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A crew from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) responded to a very unusual call out on Wednesday, 17 August. Swalwell Community Fire station, in Gateshead, received a call from Addison Court Care Home, in nearby Crawcrook, asking if they could surprise one of the residents on her 105th birthday. Ivena Smailes, known locally as Aunty Ivy, had requested that her birthday cake be delivered by “a burly, tattooed fireman”. A crew from Blue Watch sprang into action, and a firefighter fitting the description climbed a ladder to the third floor balcony of the care home before climbing through the window and delivering a cake, complete with candles, to Ivy on bended knee. The surprising scene was the latest in a series of unusual birthday wishes requested by the sprightly centenarian. Debra Carter, from the home, said: “She's got a fantastic sense of humour. On her bucket list this year she wanted a cake delivered by a fireman with tattoos. We've managed to find one and...

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Fire: Join in the fun at Hebburn Fire Station open day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Local residents are being given the opportunity to find out more about their fire and rescue service and meet their local firefighters when Hebburn Community Fire Station throws open its doors for a fun-packed open day. The fire station, on Victoria Road, will host the open day on Saturday, 27 August from 11am to 3pm. Entry to the event is free. Attractions include a bouncy castle, face painting, the Zoo Academy, sari demonstration and henna painting. Display stands from partner agencies include Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service and the Coastguard. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors, discuss the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. There will also be operational drills and chip pan demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise them on how to...

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Fire: Lowestoft firefighters take the #22PushUpChallenge

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects large numbers of our serving and ex-serving military personnel.

UK charity, Combat Stress, is raising funds to help them carry on their great work by getting people to take the #22PushUpChallenge.

Originally started in the US, there's now thousands of people taking the challenge here in the UK.

Why 22 push ups?

In the US 22 ex-military personnel commit suicide because of PTSD. That's the reason...

Here in Lowestoft quite a few firefighters are working their way through twenty two days of doing 22 push ups each day. 

It includes Ben Horne, Ben Whale, James Field, Martin Burglin, Mark Frances, Andy 'Begz' Jackson and myself.

Here's a video on my Day 7 push ups with Ben Whale and James Field...


Please donate £5 to Combat Stress by texting PTSD22 to 70004.

Thank you...


Fire: 75 years of protecting Tyne and Wear

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Photo caption: The old and the new. Right, Watch Manager Dave Irwin with a Salvus light oxygen rebreather used extensively during World War 2, and left, Watch Manager Dani Forster wearing current breathing apparatus. Today (Thursday, 18 August) Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the formation of the National Fire Service. The first fire brigades were established as a result of the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed 13,000 homes, 84 churches, 44 livery halls plus numerous commercial and public buildings. Remarkably, only six people were killed. These first fire brigades were formed and maintained by insurance companies and a plaque unique to each insurance company identified properties covered, for example in 1751 Newcastle fire Assurance Co. had three fire engines. During the mid-1800s, public fire brigades were put in place across Tyne and Wear. It was not until the passing of the Fire Brigade Act in 1938 that the provision of a Fire Brigade became a...

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Fire: Ongoing fire incident at Glazewings site in West Dereham

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Public Information Notice

Ongoing fire incident at Glazewings site in West Dereham

Following a site meeting on Tuesday (16 August) at Glazewings, representatives from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency, the Police and Norfolk County Council have issued an update on the situation at the recycling plant Glazewings in West Dereham as the fire is ongoing and likely to continue for the next couple of days.

  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been using sprays to mitigate the impact of the smoke plume, and this has resulted in a reduction in the amount of smoke coming from the site.  The next steps will be to progressively excavate the burning material and extinguish it over the next few days.


  • Air quality monitoring visits have been carried out at various locations since Saturday (13 August) and are set to continue.
  • To date, local rivers and ground water have not been polluted. The Environment Agency will...

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Fire: Fire prevention teams visit Toxteth to reassure residents following serious fire

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Fire prevention teams visit Toxteth to reassure residents following serious fire

Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service join in the 22 push-up challenge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Staff at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have joined in the latest social media craze that is sweeping the world. The 22 Push-up Challenge is an American initiative which began after figures revealed that 22 former servicemen and women in the US take their own lives each day. To raise awareness of PTSD, people have been challenged to do 22 push-ups every day for 22 days. In support of this initiative and alongside the Mind Blue Light Programme which also supports and challenges the stigma of mental health, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is delivering safety messages to ensure that our communities have a safe and enjoyable summer. By using this concept it will also deliver a different summer safety message related to water safety; road safety; camping, BBQs and drinking alcohol by a different individual or group over 22 days. The campaign will run from Friday, 12 August to Friday, 2 September. Group Manager Dave Jefferson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...

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Fire: Think before you sink water safety advice

Written by RSS Poster News

AS the temperatures rise once again, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing water safety messages and recommending people 'Think before you sink'.

The warning is aimed at anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir as the mercury is predicted to hit the early to mid 20s again this 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 getting into difficulties because they lose movement.

“The heart can also be affected as it works harder to pump blood throughout the body and because of the shock the...

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Fire: Busy old station...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

August is turning into a busy month for the firefighters at North Lowestoft Fire Station...

12 shouts so far ranging from the bowling alley fire in Great Yarmouth and exploding cylinders in Long Road, Lowestoft to fires in the open, AFA's and 'male on bus shelter'.

Yep, we've had them all so far.

'Male on bus shelter' did raise the odd eyebrow but that's exactly what we had...

What the tip sheet didn't mention (because no one had told Fire Control) was that there was a young female requiring medical attention at the same location.

So an assistance message was put back requesting an ambulance. I then spent a few minutes on the mobile chatting to Ambulance Control as they asked a few probing medical questions.

I think my medical terminology left a lot to be desired but it certainly made the control operator laugh.

If my medical knowledge is anything to go by I'm not sure how the proposed co-responding will fair!

Do you fancy joining us as an On Call Firefighter? We have vacancies at North Lowestoft Fire Station

Visit the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service website for more information...

Fire: Safety warning over incorrect use of expanding foam filler

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Fire investigators issue safety warning over incorrect use of expanding foam filler

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