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Fire crews to carry out 'hot strike' following major blaze in Whitley Bay
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 09th May 2017 at 11:36

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Whitley Bay over the coming days following a large fire at a disused church over the weekend. The fire which took place at the Trinity United Reform Church, Esplanade Place, Whitley Bay on Saturday 6 May required crews to stay in attendance at the scene from 8.20pm that evening until nearly 2.00pm on Sunday 7 May. At the height of the fire, more than 40 firefighters attended. The fire was extinguished using five main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms. The church and the adjoining church hall were severely damaged by the fire and seven cars parked on Esplanade Place also suffered minor heat and smoke damage. To engage with the community of Whitley Bay, 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 home safety checks and speak to businesses and commercial property owners in the area. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This was a large scale incident, requiring the attendance of a number of our firefighters who did a great job to ensure that no one was hurt and that the fire was brought under control. "Engaging with local residents to make our communities safer is an extremely important part of the work we do at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. "The 'hot strike' that we are carrying out in Whitley Bay over the coming days highlights how the fire service can work closely with the local community to make a really positive impact and hopefully prevent incidents like this happening in the future."
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=87510...

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