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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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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Ministry of Justice cannot be faulted for failing to publish statistics from every possible source for which it has responsibility; related to prisons, courts, offenders, convictions etc. etc. etc. For many journalists and lobbyists it makes for an easy life; comment on some aspect of these millions of numbers and use them as a peg for a story, a blog post, a tweet or for further ammunition in some cause or other. But to many people outside the professions involved the numbers behave somewhat like a balancing arm where their preformed opinions can be reinforced.  Take, however, a real live incident and its harmful or harmless significance can become a facsimile  of the reality within.  Such an incident happened earlier this week at Teesside Magistrates` Court where a District Judge was presiding. A known offender with 46 previous simply walked out of the courtroom whilst said DJ was in the middle of his summing up.  The mere fact that this happened does not reflect well on the performance of the...

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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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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
This blog in its seven plus years of existence has attempted to bring to those interested in the goings on in a magistrates` court, matters directly related and sometimes offering a wider viewpoint including political and police involvement.   Since my retirement my comments obviously have relied upon items generally available in the public media with occasional tit bits from former colleagues and my own recollections of interesting cases. Observations on cases from the Appeal or Supreme  Court have generally been of little connection to my original motivation for inclusion here and consequently there have been few such related posts.  Today is an exception.

Many thousands of us, myself included, have appealed against a parking fine of one sort or another.  Fortunately I had the wherewithal and time a couple of years ago to make a successful appeal but the enforced procedures employed by the council might have forced many to abandon the fight.  It was therefore gratifying to read of a motor cyclist whose appeal...

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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.

Police: Hearts and flowers? Not for one billion women

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One in three women will experience violence against them at least once in their life

V-Day, February 14 2017, is a global movement to stop this…


Inspired by Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, they run large-scale fundraisers, events, films and conduct campaigns to educate and stop violence against women and girls. They have raised over $80 million and funded more than 12,000 anti-violence programs and safe houses in countries such as Haiti, Kenya, Egypt and Iraq.

Find out more about V-Day…

One Billion Rising

1billiobWith the support of the V-Day organisation, global protest campaign One Billion Rising was created, so named because over one billion women will be impacted by violence in their lifetime. The project urges women to walk, dance, and rise up in opposition to violence and has reached over 140 countries in regions including North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with special projects in each area dependent on local circumstances, traditions, and religions.

Find out more about One Billion...

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Police: Romance Fraud: Don’t fall for it

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Valentine’s Day is a chance to throw caution to the wind and let your heart rule over your head. But don’t get carried away with all the roses, chocolate and soppy poems – especially if you’re looking for love online. Valentine’s may be a day for the romantics – but it’s also one for the scammers. Research has shown a spike in the reporting of romance fraud around March and April as victims wake up to the fact that they’ve been duped.

Romance Fraud

Romance fraud: Don’t let your heart be broken by fraudsters this Valentine’s Day

We’ve invited one victim, known as Firefly to protect her identity, to talk about how she was fooled into handing over €1,000 to a scammer. She now works voluntarily with Scam Survivors to give support to fellow victims and raise awareness of the issue which affects millions of people across the globe.

She said: It’s not just about losing money. When I discovered I’d been scammed I felt like I’d lost everything – I lost my faith in people, I became nothing but a...

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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:


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