A refurbishment scheme that has included the fitting of life saving fire sprinklers in a block of flats in Sunderland has been completed.
Housing Association Gentoo Group has installed the sprinklers in D'Arcy Court, Hendon as part of a joint pilot scheme with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to improve the safety of its high-rise homes.
The installation was part of a £4m modernisation scheme involving the refurbishment of 104 flats over 13 floors, which began in summer 2014.
- In a first for the region, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) will open applications for firefighter apprentices on Thursday 20 October.
The 24-month apprenticeships will begin on 1 May 2017 and are open to anyone who will be 17 or over on that date.
- A maisonette on the first, second and third floors of the block was damaged by fire
- Very visible flat blaze
- National grid at the scene
- For the first time ever the Brigade is telling smokers to quit, or risk dying in a fire.
- The first floor and part of the roof of a semi detached house is currently alight
- Two cars were gutted by the blaze
- Strong Arm Challenge fundraisers young and old gathered at Durham Fire Station to present chief fire officer Stuart Errington with a cheque for £4,104.
This latest donation from the Strong Arm team was raised from a junior challenge, which took place in the Lake District in August.
18 children took part in the event and completed challenges including: team building exercises, camp building, fire lighting, a mountain climb, kayaking across Derwent Water and a treasure hunt.
- Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to stay safe and enjoy bonfires and fireworks responsibly, as it launches this year's bonfire safety campaign, Scarred for Life.
The campaign will provide safety advice and information in a wide range of formats, helping local people to remain safe over the next few weeks.Chris Lowther, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Bonfires and fireworks can be fun and exciting. But they can also ca
- Part of the maisonette of the first floor and part of the maisonette on the ground floor were damaged by fire
- Part of a ground floor flat was damaged by fire
- Springer spaniel Roscoe began working with the Brigade 11 years ago, has not missed a single shift and has assisted at the scene of more than 600 fires across the capital
- Students and soldiers joined firefighters for a special event at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service’s (CDDFRS) training centre on Friday 17 October.
CDDFRS signed the Armed Forces Covenant recently and was keen to welcome local students with an interest in the armed forces along with serving members of the military to mark the links and support it offers.
- Part of the roof of the four floor house was damaged by fire
- Part of the first floor of the building was damaged by fire and the roof was gutted in the blaze
- Four residential properties, two commercial units and six residential garages were flooded to a depth of around 12 inches
- Part of a ground floor flat was damaged
- A new mountain rescue centre located in the grounds of Durham Community Fire Station will be officially opened on Saturday 15 October.
Representatives from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) will be joined by local councillors and other emergency services for speeches and tours of the site on Lanchester Road, Sniperley Park, to mark the special occasion.
- As Halloween and bonfire night approach, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is reminding parents to protect their children from flammable fancy dress costumes.
The issue became much discussed following an accident in 2014 when presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was burned when her Halloween fancy dress costume accidentally caught fire.
- Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is looking for volunteers to help support local communities with important fire safety advice.Two open days will be held at the community fire stations in Gateshead and Tynemouth this month, for people to find out more about volunteering opportunities across the whole Tyne and Wear area.
Community Liaison Volunteers generate referrals for Home Safety Checks and provide fire safety information within targeted community groups. They also assist at events such
- Thankfully there was nobody on board the vessel
- Part of a basement in a detached house was damaged by fire
- Four fire engines at the scene
- County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has made the final of the national Alzheimer’s Society Awards 2016.
The fire service’s pioneering work has led to it being the only emergency service in the country to have been nominated this year.
CDDFRS will now be considered alongside City of Wolverhampton Council and East of England Co-Op, who have also been shortlisted in the category ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year’ (large organisation).
- Andy Slaughter tables motion amid claims London fire brigade has attended 2,000 blazes involving white goods since 2011MPs are being urged to back a parliamentary motion expressing “deep concern” about the potential fire risk posed by white goods such as tumble dryers, dishwashers and fridges, and highlighting the inadequacies of the product recall scheme.An early day motion was tabled on Thursday by Labour MP Andy Slaughter in the next phase of a campaign to raise safety standards,
- A training exercise has been held on the River Tyne to practise a multi-agency response to a fire on board the Shields Ferry.
The exercise, which took place yesterday morning, was a chance for the emergency services and the Ferry crew to co-ordinate their response in the event of a major incident occurring on the cross Tyne passenger service.
The mock scene, in mid river, saw the Shields Ferry, Pride of the Tyne, attended by the Tynemouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Port of Tyne pilot boat and th
- It is almost 95 years since the Brigade's final horse-drawn turntable turned out of a station.
- A warehouse containing around 15,000 tonnes of mixed household waste is currently alight
- Crews are there to ensure safety of RSPCA officers attempting the rescue
- Part of a stairwell from the ground floor shop to the first floor flat was damaged by fire
- Part of the basement and part of the ground floor of the building were damaged by fire
- A fire crew from Somerton plus a specialist rescue team from Bridgwater were mobilised to the area of Huish Episcopi bridge where a female dog walker with her Labrador dog had become stuck in the mud near to the riverbank.Having located the dog walker crews set about getting both dog and owner safely back to dry land. Using a triple extension ladder, crews assisted lady and her Labrador dog back to the safety of the embankment.Crews made up their equipment and left scene retu
- A fire crew from Frome attended a car and motorcycle fire . One hosereel jet was used to extinguish both vehicles.Cause of this fire is believed to be deliberate and Police have been requested and informed accordingly. Frome fire crew returned home station 04.42. There are no further details for this incident, incident now closed.
- 2 crews from Torquay and Paignton attended a fire at above location which involved a seating pavilion measuring 5m x 10m of wooden construction, well alight.Crews used two hosereel jets to extinguish. Fire damage was severe to the pavilion and cause was believed to be deliberate by person or persons unknown.Having extinguished the fire, all details were passed to the Police and they were requested to attend scene as this was believed to be a deliberate arson.Crews returned to the
- Mayor of Croydon opens new station
- Sadly one man was found dead upstairs in the property by firefighters
- Part of the ground floor and part of the first floor of the building are currently alight
- Paington fire crews attended a hedgerow fire at above location. Crew extinguished fire with hosereel jets. Cause of fire was accidental. No further information. incident now closed.
- Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) and Northumbria Police are challenging a spate of antisocial behaviour at Oliver Henderson Park, following a deliberate attack on firefighters.
A fire crew in a Targeted Response Vehicle responded to a call received by the TWFRS control room at 18.40 on 6 October 2016, reporting rubbish on fire near the skate park in Oliver Henderson Park, Millford, Gateshead. On arrival, the crew were targeted with laser pens by a group of youths, including one whic
- Part of a garage and part of the ground floor of an adjoining house were damaged by fire
- Nine people saved by firefighters
- Europe's largest ever disaster exercise will be reviewed on 12 October.
- Three fire engines from Greenbank and Camelshead were mobilised to a report of a kitchen fire.On arrival the incident commander of the first fire engine confirmed a small fire involving a computer battery out on arrival and returned the oncoming fire engines.Final Details - Fire in lower ground floor kitchen involving a laptop computer battery, out on arrival, inspection only.
- One fire engine from North Tawton was mobilised to a report of small fire in a field involving a mower.On arrival the incident commander confirmed one mower involved in fire, buckets of water and small tools in use.Final Details - 1 mower 10% damaged by fire, buckets of water and small tools in use.
- County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is taking an innovative approach to meet changing community safety needs. View how the Service is working collaboratively with councils, the police, health providers and charities in this film produced for the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) conference in September 2016.
- A fire engine from Taunton was mobilised to a report of an agricultural vehicle on fire in a field.On arrival the incident commander confirmed several bales well alight within a trailer. Crews at work removing the bales and damping down using 1 hose reel jet.Final Details - One hay baler involved in fire, bales of hay removed and extinguished with hose reel jet, no fire damage to baler.
- Eight inches deep in places
- Worker suffers minor burns
- Staff raise the alarm
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