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Fire: Blyth-born Alan Robson appointed TWFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Alan Robson has been appointed Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACO), following an extensive selection process, which included both internal and external candidates. Blyth-born Alan originally joined Northumberland FRS in 1989 as an operational Firefighter, transferring to TWFRS in 1995. For the last 10 months, Alan has been working in the role in a temporary capacity. Throughout his career, Alan has fulfilled a broad range of roles including Leading Firefighter, Sub Officer and Station Officer, before moving to management roles in fire safety, operations and community safety. He has also held senior manager positions in service delivery, regional control, human resources, learning and development, strategy and planning. He has contributed to the development of operational strategy, policy and procedures, organisational reviews and the preparation required for hosting large scale multi-agency exercises and events. Commenting on...

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Fire: Councillors unite and vote to keep Fire and Rescue within Norfolk County Council

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Councillors from Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee voted unanimously today (Wednesday 17 January) to recommend to the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) that it does not proceed to a full business case and that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) continues to be governed by Norfolk County Council (NCC).

The PCC for Norfolk engaged consultants Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of potential changes in governance to NFRS.

Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council Communities Committee said: “We had lengthy discussions at Communities Committee which revealed that councillors from all parties were of the shared view that there should be no change to NFRS governance. It has always been stated that there must be a compelling case to make changes to the way the fire service is managed and we do not feel this report provides enough justification to progress to a full business case.

“NFRS is intimately integrated within many...

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Fire: Could you be an on-call firefighter? Open days in Dereham and vacancies across Norfolk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk residents looking to add another string to their professional bow are invited to apply to become on-call firefighters across the county. People looking for an additional career, or a part-time career to fit around other commitments, can help to solve the current shortage of on-call firefighters and help their community. 


Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) is recruiting across the county, with the on-call positions sure to attract people from all walks of life.

There is currently a recruitment drive in Dereham, which is hosting two open days later this month to fill on-call (also known as retained) vacancies. 

With 39 of Norfolk’s 42 fire stations relying on on-call firefighters, there is an ongoing campaign to fill  roles in towns and villages around the county. It is really important as it means firefighters are available nearer to any incidents and the service can respond quickly.

NFRS's on-call firefighters often maintain other...

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Fire: Fire investigation concludes Christie blaze was caused by hot works on the roof

Written by RSS Poster News

AN investigation by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has found that a blaze on the site of The Christie hospital last year was caused by welding works taking place on the roof.

Dozens of fire engines from across Greater Manchester tackled a large fire at the hospital’s Paterson building on Wilmslow Road on April 26, 2017. The building is leased to the University of Manchester and is the headquarters of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute where globally renowned research takes place.

Following a lengthy and complex fire investigation process, GMFRS has now concluded that the fire was caused by hot embers and used rods from welding works that fell through a gap in the roof onto combustible materials in a plant room below.

GMFRS’ Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection Geoff Harris said: “Following an extensive forensic investigation, interviews, and reconstructions carried out between all the parties involved in this...

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Fire: Norfolk Fire & Rescue Governancee

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Governance

In response to the publication of an independent report exploring the future options for police and fire and rescue governance in Norfolk, published today (Friday 12 January), Cliff Jordan, Leader of Norfolk County Council said:


“The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Norfolk engaged consultants Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of potential changes in governance to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

“Norfolk County Council (NCC) has reviewed the report in full and notes that the conclusions are finely balanced and there is no compelling case made for any change. Therefore we do not feel it’s necessary to proceed to a full business case as this will not only incur significant costs for tax payers but also take up considerable time. We also believe that such a process would detract fire officers from their primary role of keeping Norfolk safe and have a negative impact on the upcoming NFRS inspection.

“At Communities Committee on Wednesday...

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Fire: Register your electrical goods for Register My Appliance Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Register your electricals for Register My Appliance Day


Fire: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service introduces blood pressure checks as part of 'Safe and Well' visits

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Safe and Well Blood Pressure Checks


Fire: Prince's Trust Team Programme recruitment

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are currently recruiting for future Prince’s Trust Courses.

The free programme gives young people the opportunity to gain qualifications, meet new people and be part of an amazing experience during the 12-week course. You’ll be part of a team of young people who will gain careers advice, work placements, and take part in a series of community based projects which often include a trip to another part of the country for a few days.

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You will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications, as well as developing your skills, such as:

-          Prince's Trust Certificate in employment, teamwork and community skills

-          Health and safety training

-          Manual handling training

-          Basic food hygiene

-          First aid at work

-          Adult literacy and numeracy

-          Personal, employability, achievement and reflection for learning

Many young people who have...

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Fire: How people with cars parked at the Echo Arena car park can get regular updates

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
How people with cars parked at the Echo Arena car park can get regular updates


Fire: STAPLES CORNER - 2018

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


Photos: London Fire Brigade

On Jan. 8, 2018,  15 engines responded to a fire at a paint factory on Waterloo Road , Staples Corner, London.



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