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Fire crews to carry out 'hot strike' following major blaze in Washington
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 20th April 2017 at 16:57

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Washington tomorrow (Friday, 21 April) after a former children's play centre was destroyed in a blaze yesterday. (Wednesday, 19 April) At the height of the fire in the former Junglerama building in Victoria Road, Concord, more than 30 firefighters were in attendance. All crews finally left the scene almost six hours after the alarm was raised just after 4.10pm. The fire was extinguished using four main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms. To engage with the community of Washington, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a co-ordinated 'hot strike' in the area, in a bid to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour. Prevention and Education teams including community advocates, service volunteers and Prince's Trust team members, together with on-duty crews and Fire Safety teams will carry out targeted home safety checks and speak to businesses in the area. The service's outreach vehicle will also be situated near the shops on Victoria Road for people to drop in for advice and information. Assistant Chief Officer Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Yesterday's fire was a large scale incident, and once again our crews did a fantastic job to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible. Thankfully, nobody was hurt during the incident. “The work we are carrying out in Washington tomorrow highlights how the fire service can work closely with local communities to make a positive difference and hopefully prevent further incidents like this in the future.” Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Chairman, Cllr Tom Wright, said: “Our fire crews and volunteers are doing a fantastic job of engaging with the community to make them as safe as we can and also help reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents. This is a great opportunity to work together with local residents to make our communities safer.”
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=87350...

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