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Fire: Firefighters Attacked at Easter

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS firefighters have been subjected to attacks and verbal abuse in three separate incidents in Newcastle and Gateshead this week. On Sunday evening a crew from West Denton Fire Station White Watch was prevented from extinguishing a wheelie bin fire on Whitbeck Road by approximately 20 young people who were throwing stones at them. They attended the scene twice and fortunately there were no injuries to the crew or damage to the vehicle. On Tuesday afternoon a fire crew from Gateshead Fire Station Red Watch was subjected to sustained verbal abuse and rocks thrown at their appliance by youths while extinguishing a rubbish fire in a wooded area outside of Fell Court flats, Beacon Lough in Gateshead. The final incident saw a crew from Newcastle Fire Station White Watch attending a wheelie bin fire at Fairholm Road in Newcastle last night they were subjected to verbal abuse, thrown missiles including bottles and stones and were obstructed by a group of approximately ten 13-16 year old girls. John Pratt, TWFRS Area Manager...

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Fire: Firefighters Attacked at Easter

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS firefighters have been subjected to attacks and verbal abuse in three separate incidents in Newcastle and Gateshead this week. On Sunday evening a crew from West Denton Fire Station White Watch was prevented from extinguishing a wheelie bin fire on Whitbeck Road by approximately 20 young people who were throwing stones at them. They attended the scene twice and fortunately there were no injuries to the crew or damage to the vehicle. On Tuesday afternoon a fire crew from Gateshead Fire Station Red Watch was subjected to sustained verbal abuse and rocks thrown at their appliance by youths while extinguishing a rubbish fire in a wooded area outside of Fell Court flats, Beacon Lough in Gateshead. The final incident saw a crew from Newcastle Fire Station White Watch attending a wheelie bin fire at Fairholm Road in Newcastle last night they were subjected to verbal abuse, thrown missiles including bottles and stones and were obstructed by a group of approximately ten 13-16 year old girls. John Pratt, TWFRS Area Manager...

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Fire: Failure to conduct Fire Risk Assessment costs company £25,000

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Charlton Engineering Services Ltd of Washington has today been fined a total of £60,645 for breaching Fire Safety Regulations. Company Directors Colin and Lee Charlton had pleaded guilty to eight charges on behalf of the company at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 7th March 2018. They were fined £25,000 for not having a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) in place, £25,000 for having no Fire Alarm; £1000 per offence for six other offences and £4645 costs. District Judge Roger Elsey said in court: “There was a significant fire but this was brought swiftly under control and although nobody was injured there was a risk of death or serious injury. “Although the offences were of negligence rather than intention, the fine has to be significant. The most severe offence was not having a Fire Risk Assessment. If there had have been one done then the other offences may not have happened. Therefore a fine of £25,000 for not having a Fire Risk Assessment is adequate.” Tyne and Wear...

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Fire: Engagement with Whitley Bay Businesses

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following a deliberate wheelie bin fire on Whitley Road, Whitley Bay town centre that spread to the commercial premises, on the evening of Friday 2nd March, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have been engaging with local businesses. In a bid to help other businesses to prevent such fires occurring, potentially ruining healthy businesses and putting lives at risk over twenty surrounding properties were given arson reduction advice, fire safety checks and general fire safety advice from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. The engagement follows a recent announcement from North Tyneside Business Forum that the business support organisation and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have established a working partnership to provide support for the business community in this important area of Fire Safety. David Bavaird, Chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum said: “We are pleased to be working closely with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to support businesses across North Tyneside 95% of...

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Fire: Sprinkler system helps avert serious damage to hotel

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Four fire appliances from Newcastle, Byker and Gateshead Fire Stations attended a fire in the basement laundry room of the 11 storey Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne at 20:38 hours on Wednesday 7th March 2018. On arrival, Firefighters discovered a laundry dryer on fire in the basement of the hotel which had automatically activated the buildings sprinkler system. A single sprinkler head had supressed the fire and prevented further fire and smoke spreading through the building and its contents. This was the fourth sprinkler activation at a non-domestic premise in Tyne and Wear in the previous 12 months. John Baines, Assistant Chief Fire Officer said: “Our first appliance arrived within 3 minutes of the emergency call, with a further three appliances arriving within the 5 minutes following. Our highly skilled crews worked quickly and effectively to fully extinguish the fire and clear the smoke from the affected area.” “Together with our crews, I would also like to praise the hotel...

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Fire: TWFRS take water safety messages to The Boat Race of The North this weekend

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with our colleagues from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) on Saturday 17 March to remind people of the dangers of cold water shock and the risks associated with consuming alcohol when adjacent to water. Large volumes of people are expected to attend The Boat Race of the North between Durham and Newcastle Universities on the River Tyne, it presents the perfect opportunity to press home our message. Thousands of rowing fans, students and tourists will attend a day of rowing races and fun as well as catching the England v Ireland Six Nations Rugby match being show live in Times Square. A TWFRS fire appliance will be in attendance at the races on Saturday and staff from both organisations will be on hand to talk to people about the dangers and how they can keep themselves safe this Spring and Summer when around water. Group Manager Tony Markwell said: “Alcohol seriously affects people's ability to get themselves out of...

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Fire: Bravery Award for Killingworth couple who rescued neighbour from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Michelle and Corkhill from Killingworth have been presented with a Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority's Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award, for rescuing an elderly neighbour, Mr Miller from a house fire. On Thursday 31st August last year, Michaela and Andrew went to their car in Killingworth, Newcastle, to drive to work when Andrew thought he smelled smoke. He looked up and saw thick smoke pouring from his neighbour's upstairs room and the neighbour shouting for help from the window. Mr Corkhill ran to his garage to get a ladder to rescue him but found the ladder couldn't reach high enough. He ran back and got a bigger ladder and put it up to the window where he helped his neighbour down to safety. He tried to return to the window to help the neighbour's dog escape but the heat and smoke beat him back. The Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award says: “Mr and Mrs Corkhill selflessly went to help their neighbour prior to the arrival of fire crews. With quick speed of thought...

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Fire: Murder Investigation following a house fire in Birtley

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) received a call at 23.37 last night to attend a house fire in Birtley. A crew from Birtley Community Fire Station arrived on scene within 5 minutes to discover a developed fire in the loft of a 3 storey house on Robsons Way. Two further crews from Washington and Gateshead arrived on scene within a further 5 minutes. The loft was 100% severely damaged by fire, and there was further damage to the 2nd floor bedroom from the collapsed loft. Whilst in the process of extinguishing the fire, our crews, tragically, discovered a body within the property. Northumbria Police has now launched a murder investigation and a 61 year old man has been arrested. TWFRS Group Manager – Service Delivery, Peter Iveson commented: “This was a difficult and challenging fire and all credit must go to the crews for their swift arrival and in getting the fire under control and extinguished so that it did not spread throughout the property. Very sadly, a body was discovered...

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Fire: Stonewall name TWFRS as Top 100 LGBT employer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been named as one of the most LGBT- Inclusive employers in Britain after being included in the Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Index. The annual list recognises organisations that have done outstanding work over the past year to make sure every LGBT employee is accepted without exception. Chris Lowther, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We're proud to be one of only two fire and rescue services in the country to be named in the Stonewall Top 100 list. “We take our responsibilities to our employees and the communities we serve seriously. Our own LGBT Staff Network Group continues its work to drive forward engagement initiatives, policies and procedures to promote inclusion within the service and to represent and reflect the community it serves. We are also part of Trans Lives NE, a multi-agency group working on building Trans-equality in the workplace. Last year we recognised and supported LGBT History month, IDAHOT (International Day against Homophobia,...

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Fire: Queens Medal for Karen Soady

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Watch Manager Karen Soady has been awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service, in the 2018 New Year Honours. Karen as a tireless servant for our community, in particular her work with the fire cadets, her work to strengthen inclusivity and the drive and energy she has used to champion our Safe and Well visits. This is a much deserved recognition for Karen, who exemplifies the best attributes common to all who work for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. On Karen's recognition by The Queen, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The Queen's Fire Service Medal recognises outstanding devotion to duty and Karen Soady has exhibited this throughout her service to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. She has shown commitment and dedication across a range of roles, including as Watch Manager, as a volunteer with the fire cadets and her work promoting inclusivity and diversity.”




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