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Fire: Overnight Incidents between 5.30pm Thursday, March 23 and 8.30am Friday, March 24

Written by RSS Poster News

BETWEEN 5.30pm Thursday, March 23 and 8.30am Friday, March 24 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received 97 calls and attended 54 incidents.

Here are some of the incidents firefighters attended:

Building Fire – Bolton

AT 6.30pm, three fire engines from Bolton Central and Farnworth attended a building fire in Monton Street, Bolton.

The fire was in a derelict building and originated from rubbish within the building. When firefighters arrived they used two breathing apparatus, a hose reel and ventilation fan to extinguish it.

The fire service were on the scene for 20 minutes.

 

Flat Fire – Partington

AT PRECISELY 8.04pm, three fire engines from Altrincham, Eccles and Irlam attended a flat fire in Moss Lane in Partington.

On arrival firefighters used two breathing apparatus, a hose reel and thermal imaging camera to safely enter the flat and extinguish the fire. One person was treated at the scene and firefighters remained on the scene for 1 hour.

 

Flat Fire...

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Police: An officer down but a hero rises

Written by RSS Poster Tales from the Metropolis



Constable Keith Palmer paid the ultimate price for doing his job yesterday at the Palace of Westminster. Unarmed, he was fatally wounded as he confronted the crazed maniac who had caused senseless carnage on the bridge moments before.  
I was one of the many officers despatched to assorted parts of the Metropolis as the event unfolded. My team were constantly checking for updates on our mobiles until, sadly, confirmation came through of his death. 
I was watching Prime Minister Questions today and her speech to the House and the assorted back and forth as MPS from both sides tried to catch the Speakers eye. Much, and rightly so, was talk of the bravery of Keith Palmer and the police and emergency services in its aftermath.The event was clearly very close to home for those who work at the Commons.  
Sadly, such is my innate cynicism regarding the political class that as I was watching each honourable member standing up and saying their piece, I was thinking, is this from the heart? or a scripted sound bite to...

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Fire: Deliberate fires down but attacks on firefighters up

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
With the lighter nights soon to be upon us, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched a campaign aimed at reducing incidents involving anti-social behaviour. During the spring months of April and May, the fire and rescue service sees an increase in the number of fires which are set deliberately. Although the number of deliberate fires reduced during this period last year, it is still one of the busiest times of the year, along with the Bonfire period. A more worrying trend is the increase in the number of verbal and physical attacks on fire crews attending incidents. Between January and December 2015 there were 25 reported attacks on firefighters. This figure doubled to 50 during the same period in 2016. Group Manager Tony Markwell, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is totally unacceptable that firefighters are being subjected to physical and verbal abuse while working to protect our local communities. “We take these attacks on our firefighters very seriously...

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Police: THE TRUE NATURE OF POLITICS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
In matters of sentencing magistrates can be said to be between a rock and a hard place; they are chastised if they do and criticised if they don`t.  With increased sentencing powers to 12 months custody unactivated for some years and some like the Howard League forever insisting that magistrates be relieved of authority to dispense custodial sentences per se, a Ministry of Justice that devises all sorts of excuses to remind sentencers that there are supposedly viable alternatives to custody and legal advisors afraid of saying boo to a goose in case they put their jobs in danger it`s no wonder that magistrates are somewhat confused.  When it comes to prolific shoplifting there are guidelines designed like a great maze for sentencers to construct appropriate punishments.  When the principle of public protection is overlooked or dismissed media stories like this one are a journalist`s delight when newscopy is thin on the ground.  

The truth is that the MOJ and its cousin HMCTS don`t know where to turn or in what...

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Police: ALL WIND AND PISS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
For those who might still be unaware of the judiciary`s lack of confidence in the Lord Chancellor the speech made recently  by the Lord Chief Justice is a disturbing event as far as its content is concerned. From her pronouncements since her appointment this blogger would comment that  she is as  Joyce had it in Ulysses - "All wind and piss like a tanyard cat".


Fire: Ribbon-cutting will mark opening of state-of-the-art safety centre

Written by RSS Poster News

AN IMMERSIVE safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility will be officially opened  tomorrow (Friday, March 24).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Training and Safety Centre in Bury.

The centre offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.

Visitors can explore a car crash scene where expert guides offer road safety advice as well as a hazard-filled terraced house that has been destroyed by fire.

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr David Acton, said: “The building and development of this centre has been a long journey. Firstly, I need to thank everybody that’s been involved in making this happen as clearly the hard work of everyone involved has paid off.

“The safety centre will be a unique facility that will be used by school children and...

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Fire: Warning after family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire officers have issued a warning for people to use outdoor cooking appliances correctly after a family in Newcastle were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Two adults and five children required hospital treatment after the incident in Walker on Sunday. (19 March) Two Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Byker were called to the terraced house at 11.07pm after the alarm was raised. Firefighters ventilated the property and gave technical advice. All the internal appliances were checked by qualified engineers who found no faults with any of the equipment. Group Manager Andy Lillford, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, said: “It appears that the family was using a barbecue close to the property and this caused a build-up of carbon monoxide which made them unwell. “Carbon monoxide is a silent killer – you can't see it, smell it or taste it. Common symptoms of CO poisoning include dizziness, headaches, nausea and generally feeling unwell.“If you've planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, never take the barbecue indoors or into a tent. In recent years some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of this.”


Police: IT`S A FINE MESS WE`RE IN

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace


If you buy a car and fail to keep up with your payments there won`t be a gentleman from the finance company opening an office in your area to enquire why you`ve missed the payments. You`ve broken the contract and the car will be repossessed. As many have and are discovering the same applies to those who default on their mortgages. Their properties are repossessed. It is obvious of course that generally but not exclusively those defaulters are nearer the middle or lower levels of income distribution than the higher. And it can be said that their loans were based on income...

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Police: Urgent Assistance

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

 

“Urgent Assistance”.

Two highly emotive words – instantly recognisable to police officers everywhere.

It’s a distress call.

It’s the distress call: the one radio transmission guaranteed to cut through the relentless background noise – to prompt any Copper within travelling distance (and some much further away) to drop whatever they’re doing and get to a colleague in trouble as fast as they can.

It’s a very powerful thing.

Earlier today, I posted a simple Tweet:

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That’s when the responses from police officers & staff – both serving and retired – started to come in. They offer an extraordinary insight into the working lives of the women & men who stand on the Thin Blue Line.

Here’s what they wrote:

@Supt_IanDS: almost 20 yrs ago, but recall it like it was yesterday!

@BriW74: 13 years ago at Charing Cross railway station. A rather large man had me on the floor and was using my head as a football.

@GrumblingCop: Man swinging sock with snooker ball in it at my head. Rather old-school weapon.

@WYP_1999HARMAN: The...

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Police: SPEEDING//A BETTER WAY TO DETER & PUNISH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Recently penalties for use of a mobile phone whilst driving have increased. Next month those caught speeding will be subject to increased penalties for their transgressions.  These penalties for this kind of offending are a combination of financial, penalty points or disqualification.  The points system as is universally known allows in most circumstances an accumulation of twelve to activate an automatic ban of six months. The problem with this arithmetic is that many varied offences and their range of penalty points feed into a very compressed system.  Other jurisdictions operate a much more sensible system which allows for a greater degree of flexibility of punishment. An interesting study on a Demerit Points System can be downloaded from here.  In Spain there exists positive encouragement to safer driving.  Points are awarded in various amounts and unlike in the UK deductions are made from that total. It seems logical that a points system, top or bottom loaded, could operate much more...

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