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Fire Service makes pledge to protect terminally ill workers

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 17th July 2018 at 15:48 - Posted in Fire Blogs

TWFRS has made an official pledge to protect colleagues who become terminally ill at work. The Service has joined the growing list of organisations supporting the rights of workers with a terminal illness by signing up to the TUC's Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter aims to combat discrimination against terminally ill workers and guarantee their rights and has more than 600,000 workers covered by the charter. Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Barry Curran said: “Our people are our Service,...
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North East Fire and Rescue Services launch Firefighter Recruitment Campaign

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 09th July 2018 at 10:52 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Today, July 9th, sees the opening of the registration period to apply to be a firefighter with County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service ((NFRS) and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). For the last three weeks, all Services have been delivering a series of 'taster sessions' to help would-be firefighters understand many of the key aspects of the role – including some of the physical challenges that they need to overcome. Paul...
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TWFRS Throwbag training leads to life-saving response

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 02nd July 2018 at 17:36 - Posted in Fire Blogs

TWFRS throw bag training leads to life-saving rescue from the River Tyne In the early hours of Sunday 1st July, a man was rescued from the River Tyne - thanks to throw bag-trained pub staff. Staff from By The River Brew Co recently received throw bag training from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). Throw bags are used to rescue conscious casualties who are able to assist themselves, they are thrown out to individuals within the water which allows the rescuer to then pull them to safety....
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Councillor Barry Curran appointed new Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 29th June 2018 at 13:45 - Posted in Fire Blogs

A today's meeting of the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Councillor Barry Curran was appointed as the new Chair. Barry has been a Councillor for St. Peter's Ward in Sunderland since 2011 and is a former Mayor of Sunderland. Born in Monkwearmouth, Barry was a gas fitter for 40 years before leaving to join Gentoo's learning and development team. Commenting on his appointment, Barry said: “This is an exciting and challenging time to join the Fire Authority, especially with the new inspection regime...
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Great demand for Recruitment Taster Sessions

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 27th June 2018 at 12:12 - Posted in Fire Blogs

We had a great demand to our recruitment Taster Sessions - here are people being put through their paces! If you are still looking for a slot, there are very few available between Thursday 28 June and Sunday 1 July in County Durham and Darlington and Tyne and Wear. Please visit our website for further details on how to book a place. https://10to8.com/book/feloeb-free/ If you find a place but are unable to attend, please ensure you use the booking portal to cancel your place at least 24 hours prior...
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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service welcomes HMICFRS recognition of Safetyworks!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 18th June 2018 at 15:46 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 15th June 2018 at 11:11 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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TWFRS Plan Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 30th May 2018 at 18:14 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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.

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Implementation of the final phase of changes to crewing levels

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 24th May 2018 at 16:40 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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Lynsey McVay appointed as Area Manager responsible for Community Safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 21st May 2018 at 13:05 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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