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Fire: Be flipping careful while cooking this Pancake Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Be flipping careful while cooking this Pancake Day

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...

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Fire: Pet oxygen masks delivered to 14 fire stations across Merseyside

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Pet oxygen masks delivered to 14 fire stations across Merseyside

Fire: Colleague recognition event at Wigan

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Wigan Red Watch Crew Manager, Martin Pike has been recognised for his actions at a rescue from height incident on November 13, 2017 at Pagefield Mill, Wigan where he brought a woman to safety.

On arrival, Martin observed a young female stood at the top of a four storey mill threatening to take her own life.

Martin proceeded to enter the mill and made his way to the roof via the stairs where the young female was. After 20 minutes, he managed to convince the 15-year-old to step away from the edge of the building and accompany him out of the mill where other agencies could provide support.

The afternoon saw the Chief Fire Officer Dawn Docx, Bolton Borough Manager Lee Coleman, Wigan Station Manager Wayne Van Hecke and the two crews from Red Watch at Wigan come together to celebrate Martin’s gratitude.

Dawn opened the colleague recognition event by saying: “What makes GMFRS the best service in the UK is the people, and how they go above and beyond.

“Each and every firefighter in the service go the extra mile and therefore...

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Fire: PIER FIRE - 2008


On July 28, 2008, flames engulfed the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service deployed 13 engines, special units and 60 firefighters.

Wikipedia said:

``Robert Tinker, a Grand Pier employee, was later praised by the fire brigade as he braved the extreme intensity of the heat from the flames to rush around the side of the building to remove several gas canisters which had been stored within the premises, had these not been removed the fire brigade claimed that the blaze could have been much worse, with the possibility of local residents and traders needing to be evacuated.''

The pier, which opened in 1904, was rebuilt and opened again in 2010. 
It was also the scene of a major fire in 1930.

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...

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Fire: New fire recruits benefit from psychological resilience training

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) newest fire recruits have today (Thursday, February 1) taken part in a series of wellbeing and resilience sessions, to coincide with national #TimeToTalk Day.

As part of their induction into the role of a Firefighter, the recruits’ training, coinciding with the national campaign, has given them a better awareness and understanding of mental health and the support available.

The service is committed to offering this support, which forms part of the new and innovative Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship Standard that is now being delivered by GMFRS as part of a pioneering nationwide piece of work.

On Monday January 29 the Service launched its very first firefighter apprenticeship programme with its newest cohort of recruits.

Almost 30 recruits are undertaking a two-year programme that will enable them to gain the technical skills, knowledge and behaviours of an operational firefighter. They will be equipped with the necessary knowhow for...

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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...

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Fire: Prescot Community Fire and Police Station is Now Up and Running

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Prescot Community Fire and Police Station is now operational

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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