Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service News

Edesix To Showcase The Usage Of Body Worn Cameras Within The Fire Safety Industry At ESS 2019

Edesix, the pioneer in provision of Body Worn Cameras (BWC), wins the contract to supply BWCs to Tyne and Wear Fire Services. Edesix will supply 84 video badges to 23 sites across the county, with training and deployment beginning this month. The use of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for protecting staff, enhancing training and identifying best practice is fast becoming fundamental within fire services throughout the UK. Edesix already supplies West Midlands Fire Services, and Staffordshire Fire and...

TWFRS Firefighters Receive Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations For Supporting Neighboring Family

Tyne and Wear Firefighters Gene (Clinton) Browne and his son, Curtis, have both been awarded Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations for outstanding contribution above and beyond the call of duty to their community. Gene who has recently retired from the White Watch at Gosforth Community Fire Station after 11 years and his son Curtis, from Gosforth’s Blue Watch, received their commendation (presented by Assistant Chief Fire Officer, John Baines) following a letter from Gateshead Councilo...

TWFRS’ First Firefighters Recruit Course In Almost A Decade Comes To An End After 15 Weeks Of Training

The first firefighters recruit course at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in almost a decade draws to an end this week. After 15 weeks of intensive training, Recruit Course 49/18 will close this Friday. The 23 recruits had their Passing out Parade which took place on Wednesday 13 February. The Parade is a long standing fire service tradition allowing the successful recruits the opportunity to showcase a small selection of their new skills. This includes a number of fire ground scenarios an...

CDDFRS, NFRS And TWFRS Join Forces To Launch FireStoppers To Help Tackle Deliberate Fires

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have joined forces to launch FireStoppers – a new way for North East communities to provide anonymous information on deliberate fires. All three Services have been significantly affected by deliberate fires: CDDFRS – 2695 deliberate fires (figures for the year ending December 2018) NFRS – has seen a 21.5% increase to...

Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service Shares Its ‘Recipe For Disaster’ To Keep People Safe From Kitchen Fires

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) staff and volunteers are visiting busy shopping areas this week as part of a kitchen safety campaign. Firefighters were called to nearly 300 kitchen fires last year, with at least 91 people being injured. Now, the Service hopes to tackle this by sharing its tongue-in-cheek ‘Recipe for Disaster’, which lists ingredients and instructions for a dangerous blaze. Its aim is to make people think twice about staying safe while cooking, by drawi...

Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service’s Campaign Raises Awareness Regarding Kitchen Fires

At least 91 people were injured in kitchen fires in our region over the last year, with cooking appliances known to have caused 82 of the incidents. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is urging people to cook safely with a new campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of ‘the usual suspects’ for causing kitchen fires, including chip pans, distraction and carelessness. 300 kitchen fires recorded in 2018/19 Chip pans continue to be a problem and these types of fire c...

Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service Commended As A Good Service In All Three Areas By HMICFRS

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published its inspection report on Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). TWFRS was graded as Good in all three areas inspected. HMICFRS looked at how effectively and efficiently the Service prevents and protects the public from, and responds to, fires and other emergencies. It also examined how well they look after the people. In its summary the HMICFRS stated: “Overall, we commend Tyne...

Byker Firefighters Commended By TWFRS’ Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther For Rescuing Woman On River Tyne

Byker firefighters have been commended by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther for their lifesaving actions on the River Tyne. Crews were dispatched to the quayside at around 5am on Sunday May 5 after receiving reports of a woman threatening to jump from the Tyne Bridge. During their journey to the River Tyne, they received an update confirming that she had jumped into the water. Locating woman using thermal imaging camera When the crews arrived at the pontoo...

Councillor Tony Taylor Appointed New Chair Of Tyne And Wear Fire Authority

At Annual General Meeting of the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Councillor Tony Taylor was appointed as the new Chair. Tony has been a Councillor for Washington East in Sunderland since 2014 and is employed locally as a clamp truck driver. Tony has been a member of the Fire Authority since May 2018, and replaces the previous Chair, Barry Curran. Commenting on his appointment, Tony said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Fire Authority. This is a new era for the fire servi...

Tamsin Carmichael Joins West Denton Fire Cadet Unit Of TWFRS As A Fire Safety Clerk

A former cadet, who went on to volunteer with the fire service has now started working at the station where it all began. Tamsin Carmichael was just 12 years old when she joined the West Denton Fire Cadet unit. When she turned 18 last year, she became a volunteer with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service as a cadet instructor at her former cadet branch. And now the 18-year-old from Blakelaw has come full circle by starting her working career at West Denton. Playing a role in creating safest c...

Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service Supports NFCC In Urging The UK Government To Change Its Stance On Sprinklers

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is supporting the position of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) in urging the UK Government to change its stance on sprinklers. In particular it is asking for sprinklers: to become a requirement in all new high-rise residential structures to be retro-fitted in buildings more than 30 metres tall when they are refurbished should be retro-fitted in high-rise residential buildings over 30 metres with a single staircase, regardless of refurbish...

Firefighter Adrian Sargent Presented With A Certificate Of Commendation From TWFRS Chief Fire Officer

Firefighter Adrian Sargent has been presented with a Certificate of Commendation from Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, for his meritorious conduct while under extremely challenging conditions. At around 9.30pm on 29 April 2019, South Shields crews were called to the Wearmouth Bridge after receiving reports of a person threatening to jump. When they arrived, they found the distressed 21-year-old female on the wrong side of the railings. Demonstratin...

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