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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service welcomes HMICFRS recognition of Safetyworks!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Sir Tom Winsor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary has just published his State of Policing 2017. Within the report, SafetyWorks! – an interactive safety centre based in Newcastle - receives particular praise for its work focussed upon keeping people safe. The Centre was set up and managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) working in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police and other interested parties. The report states: “Preventing crime is not only about tackling its causes. We also need to do what we can to make ourselves safer. Initiatives such as SafetyWorks! in Northumbria are taking a rounded view of this problem. SafetyWorks! promotes safety through a range of interactive scenarios for young people and community groups. These include actions that keep people safe, such as installing smoke alarms and dealing with bogus callers. They also include activities designed to deter...

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Fire: New 'housemates' welcomed to West Denton Fire Station!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
West Denton Community Fire Station recently welcomed the latest addition to their site with Northumbria Blood Bikes becoming the latest emergency and community service to operate from the west Newcastle facility. Along with the North East Ambulance Service and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue team, Northumbria Blood Bikes will continue to deliver blood to hospitals across the North East. Group Manager Peter Iveson, Head of Service Delivery, North which covers the Newcastle and North Tyneside areas said: “It's a great pleasure to welcome Northumbria Blood Bikes into West Denton. “Like Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, they provide an essential service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all of our staff are looking forward to welcoming them into our home.” The volunteer organisation supplies vital medical supplies out-of-hours to healthcare sites in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Darlington. They carry out this service free of charge to help...

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Fire: TWFRS Plan Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther, has today announced that TWFRS is to recruit whole-time firefighters, with a campaign starting in early July. The Service is currently working on the campaign, and more details will be released in July. For those interested, the Service has asked that you wait to submit your application or seek additional information on the roles, once the campaign is launched in July.

Fire: Audit of Accounts available for inspection- Notice of Publication

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service announces new Chief Fire Officer

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Fire: Implementation of the final phase of changes to crewing levels

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
In December 2017, the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority approved the previously agreed proposal to change the level of crewing from 5 to 4, on fire engines at 9 stations. This was an essential decision in order for the Service to balance available resources against risks to firefighters and the community. The implementation of the decision was phased, with four stations – Wallsend, Marley Park, Hebburn and Birtley - all having 4 firefighters in their crews from 1st January 2018. The final phase of the decision will now be implemented at 9am on June 1st, with West Denton, Newcastle Central, Rainton Bridge, Sunderland Central and Swalwell Community Firestations all 'riding' with a crew of 4. Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson commented: “Since the implementation of the Fire Authority's decision in January 2018, we have closely monitored the first four stations that adopted the change. This information has further confirmed our belief that in making the change we would not...

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Fire: Lynsey McVay appointed as Area Manager responsible for Community Safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has appointed, Lynsey McVay as its new Area Manager, responsible for Community Safety. Lynsey joins from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, where she was Group Manager – Service Delivery. Lynsey began her career as a firefighter in September 2000 at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, where she progressed through the ranks to the post of Temporary Group Manager. She moved to Cheshire FRS in May 2015, where she undertook the role of Group Manager responsible for the Operational Policy and Assurance department. Commenting on her appointment, Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther said: “Lynsey is a great addition to our senior team. She brings a wealth of operational and leadership experiences which will help us improve the services we offer and deliver across the communities of Tyne and Wear. This is a very challenging and exciting time for us, as we approach our first HMICFRS inspection. Lynsey's breadth of knowledge and passion...

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Fire: Deptford Fire: ACO Alan Robson comments and latest Public Health Information

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following the fire at Alex Smiles Ltd, Deptford, Sunderland, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson, commented: “This continues to be an extremely challenging fire for us to deal with, particularly as there is 30,000 tonnes of waste and the fire is deep seated within the main building. Since Monday we have committed significant resources to fighting the fire – including 54 firefighters, 2 aerial ladder platforms, our High Volume Pump and we've also used our drone to provide us with vital intelligence on the fire. We are continuing to contain and cool the fire and reduce the level of smoke. We are working with all our partners to bring this incident to safe and successful conclusion for the local community and we are grateful for the support that they have already provided. Our main priorities are the safety of the community and that of our firefighters. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the work of our firefighters, and...

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Fire: Automist fire sprinklers for when traditional solutions demands too great a water supply

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
The Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Dany Cotton told the London Assembly that “as a measure as part of a range of options in making buildings safe fire sprinklers are key going forward.” Sprinklers are a reliable and cost-effective fire safety measure that can greatly reduce risk of death, injury, property damage and harm to local communities. 

However, it is important to be pragmatic and accept that given the magnitude of the task it is not feasible to make sprinklers immediately mandatory in all buildings in England. Retrofitting sprinklers in buildings over 30 metres high– 10 storeys – in London alone could cost up to £500 million.
As such, we the London Assembly Planning Committee are calling for a risk-based, phased, ‘road map’ towards making sprinklers mandatory in all homes in England. They call for the Government to require sprinklers to be retrofitted in every existing tall building, care home and sheltered housing block during...

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Fire: How happy are you with our service?

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
We want to make sure that our communities continue to get a high quality service from us. And that's where you come in. Your views on how we deliver our services and how we might improve them, are very important to us. Therefore we'd like to hear from you. If you have 5 mins to spare, please go to this link and answer 3 very short questions. Many thanks

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