Emergency Services join forces to launch Bonfire Campaign
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 16th October 2017 at 9:15
Emergency services across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are joining forces in the hope that this year's Bonfire period is one of the safest on record.
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner; Northumbria Police; Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are all committed to doing what they can to make sure that the coming Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire season is a safe and happy one for everyone – and that includes their own staff.
This year, the services are uniting behind the use of the TWFRS' Ryan's Regret film, which featured the real-life story of a young man from Washington, who by playing with fireworks in his bedroom, received significant injuries to his hand. It's a graphic and shocking account, which has provided real impact especially during the fire services' school visits, in conjunction with Northumbria Police.
Dame Vera Baird QC Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner commented:
"This is a busy time for our emergency services who do a fantastic job and it's so important that we work together using our respective strengths to ensure the safety of everyone within our communities. I want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, while staying safe and out of harm's way. This campaign of activity will encourage people to take heed to the advice of both the police and fire and rescue services."
The campaign is also focusing on the associated candle risks to the general public during Diwali, through to Halloween and onto risks from fireworks over the Bonfire weekend. It also consists:
School visits to show children the Ryan's Regret film and talk to them about the dangers of firework misuse
Posters, highlighting the risks to young people from firework misuse and the unacceptable risks faced by firefighters from attacks, which will appear in the windows of empty shops at the Intu Shopping Centre, and throughout other local shopping centres
Support from Newcastle Utd, with a photoshoot prior to their match against Crystal Palace on October 21st
TWFRS Firefighter attendance at Sunderland Football Club's Fan Fest on October 23rd, and in their family stand at the match against Bristol City on October 28th
The Ryan's Regret film will be shown at Whitley Bay's Jam Jar Cinema and Lounge Bar, prior to each showing
A high profile social media campaign will receive active support throughout its duration from regional celebrities, including Alan Shearer; Newcastle Utd; Sunderland AFC; Newcastle Falcons; actor/comedian Chris Ramsay; Hollyoaks actor, Ross Adams; Miss Newcastle, Alisha Cowie; Miss Teen Newcastle Jazmine Nichol and many more.
Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=89042...