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March 04 2016

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In total the Brigade attended 99 incidents on 5 November, 36 of which were fires. There were 26 deliberate bonfires compared to 48 on Bonfire Night last year. Cleveland Fire Brigade figures 5 November 2014 2015 %+/- Total Incidents162 99 -38.9 Fires 75 36 -52.0 Deliberate Secondary Fires (grassland/refuse)69 31 -55.1 Bonfire-related fires48 26 -45.8 Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: Our staff coped very well last night from managing the calls to our control centre, to assessing the dangers of each bonfire we were notified of, to the crews out and about dealing with incidents. Were pleased to see a reduction in overall incidents including deliberate bonfires and want to thank the public for helping keep bonfire night safe this year. As we move towards the weekend we want to remind people to be safe and the best way to do that is to attend an organised display. If people must buy fireworks for use at home we would urge them to only buy ones which comply with British Standard BS7114 and to please follow the Firework Code. This is not only for their safety but for that of their family and friends as well. The Brigade is also issuing a reminder that only adults should set off fireworks and parents should make their children aware of the dangers of playing with them. The Firework Code Keep fireworks in a closed box Follow the instructions on each firework Light all fireworks at arms length Stand well back Never go back to a lit firework Never put fireworks in your pocket Never throw fireworks Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks. If anyone has any information about arson or anti-social behaviour in their area, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Police on 101. For further information and safety advice visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/bonfire or follow us on Facebook (/clevelandfb) or Twitter (@clevelandfb).

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Birmingham mayor, city councilman apologize after fight - Yahoo News

Frustrated Don Lemon Cuts Segment Short After Guest BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, and a city councilman publicly apologized Thursday after a fight during a council meeting that left both men hospitalized with minor injuries. Mayor William Bell and councilman Marcus Lundy were having a closed-door discussion in a room behind city council chambers when a fight broke out Tuesday. The commotion could be heard from inside the council meeting. It's unclear exactly what led up to the scuffle. Bell suffered bruising on the right side of his neck and swelling in his left knee, police said in a report. Council President Johnathan Austin showed reporters photos of scrapes on the back of Lundy's left leg during a news conference after the fight. Bell accused Lundy of putting him in a choke hold and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The mayor withdrew his complaint Wednesday night and said he did so out of concern about the overall good of the city. Birmingham is undergoing continuing commercial and residential redevelopment after years of decline. Bell said it's unfortunate that the fight could tarnish the city's reputation. "I stand here today to apologize to the public, to recommit myself to lifting up this city and ask for the prayers and the hard work of everyone to make this city great," he said. Bell and Lundy were flanked by ministers at city hall during their apology in council chambers. The two hugged each other twice in front of cameras and said they love each other like brothers. "We're family and we're gonna start acting like family," Lundy said.

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It could have been so much worse. Area Manager for Community Safety, Kevin Gardner, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: The hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations can often push fire safety to the back of our minds. But, in reality, the start of festive celebrations brings a whole cocktail of fire risks into the home. From the faulty lights we have seen at this incident to the increase in flammable decorations, use of candles, overloaded electrical sockets, distractions of a crowded house and slower reaction times that result from alcohol consumption all increase the risk of fire. Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and we want to keep it that way. By being aware of the risks and making a few simple checks you can ensure that you and your loved ones can celebrate in safety. A Christmas video from the Fire Kills campaign, available at www.twfire.gov.uk/christmas, shows in graphic detail just how fast a fire caused by faulty decorations can take hold and emphasises the vital importance of planning an escape route. Make sure you have working smoke alarms and your guests know how to get out, stay out and call 999. Here are some top tips to help you celebrate safely this festive season: Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard (BS EN 60598). Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. A working smoke alarm can give you the vital time needed to escape in a fire.

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December 14 2015

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Correctly Operating Smoke Alarms And Properly Fitted Fire Doors Honestly Do Save Lives

With the threat of industrial action by firefighters on Wednesday 25th September as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements, GFRS will be providing an emergency response service - and is encouraging businesses to be aware of their responsibilities to staff and customers. Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "During this short period of industrial unrest we will be providing an effective and professional fire and rescue service in the county." "However, we are also asking business owners to make sure their properties are as safe as they possibly can be in case there is any small delay in our response - now is the time to make absolutely sure they have thought through their own fire safety policies." Local businesses are being given the following advice: Ensure fire alarms have been tested and are working Keep fire doors closed, with correct signage in place Make sure smoking policies are being rigidly enforced Switch off and unplug any unused electrical equipment where it is safe to do so Ensure refuse and waste is controlled and bins and skips placed away from buildings Supervise closely any work requiring the use of equipment which produces a flame or spark and avoid such work where possible Supervise and manage contract workers closely Make sure that lifts are well maintained and used correctly Meanwhile, residents are being encouraged to take steps to ensure their families are safe at home. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings. The best advice is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week. More than 50 per cent of fires attended by county firefighters start in the kitchen, so people are asked to take particular care when cooking. Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Local businesses and residents can be assured that the county's fire and rescue service is fully prepared for this short period of industrial action." "But the best protection against fire is prevention - and everyone can do their bit to ensure the risks are small." For more fire safety advice and tips on how to protect your home from fire visit www.glosfire.gov.uk or contact the community safety team on 01452 753333. ENDS Notes to Editors Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Safety Checks and fit smoke alarms free of charge for elderly and vulnerable people in the community. If you know someone who may benefit from this service call freephone 0800 180 41 40. Please remember you must get the permission of the nominee if you are nominating someone else for a Home Fire Safety Check. For more information on fire safety in the home or Home Fire Safety Checks, go to www.direct.gov.uk/firekills, www.glosfire.gov.uk or call 0800 180 41 40 to arrange a visit. Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 426887 You can follow Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service on www.facebook.com/glosfire or www.twitter.com/glosfire You can also follow the Chief Fire Officer on www.twitter.com/glosfirechief 21st September 2013

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PR Newswire Logo- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090710/CL44887LOGO James T. Prokopanko, Vulcan's Lead Director, said: "Don has led Vulcan Materials as the largest aggregates supplier in the U.S. for 18 years, significantly expanding its operations throughout the nation. During that time, he has guided Vulcan through periods of strong growth as well as difficult market downturns, always with a keen eye on customer service, creating opportunities for employees and building sustainable, long term value for shareholders. In particular, the actions taken by Don and the management team in recent years to increase operational efficiency, de-risk the balance sheet and maintain disciplined growth have positioned Vulcan to deliver increasingly stronger returns. On behalf of the board, I thank Don for his invaluable service to Vulcan and wish him all the best in his future endeavors." Don James said: "With the building materials market continuing to expand, the enactment of a new multi-year federal highway program and the Company performing exceptionally well, now is the right time to complete the succession process we began a number of years ago that resulted in Tom Hill becoming CEO in 2014. Our management team, under the leadership of Tom, along with the executive leadership team of John McPherson, Stan Bass and Michael Mills, is executing skillfully on the Company's strategic plan and delivering strong growth and increased profitability. "Tom Hill is an experienced, proven and talented leader, with a deep understanding of Vulcan and our industry. I am confident that he and his Vulcan colleagues will continue to lead Vulcan to even greater growth and value for our shareholders. I want to thank the board for their insights and counsel over the years; our shareholders for their feedback, support, and commitment to the Company; and our employees for their dedication, hard work and focus. I have always believed that Vulcan has the most talented people in the industry. I know that I am leaving Vulcan in highly capable hands." CEO Tom Hill said, "Vulcan is a great business with strategic market positions in the largest, fastest growing metropolitan areas across the country, extensive and unmatched aggregates reserves, and a strong financial position. I look forward to continuing to work with the board and the Vulcan leadership team to deliver on the Company's strategic goals and to continue to enhance its strong strategic position for the benefit of the Company and its shareholders. Under Don's leadership, Vulcan has seen remarkable growth in these strategically important markets and is well positioned for strong performance in the future. On behalf of all of our employees, I thank Don for his outstanding contributions to Vulcan and the aggregates industry, and for his wise counsel and friendship." Mr. James (66) served as President of Vulcan Materials Company from 1996 to 1997 and as Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2014. He has served on the Company's Board of Directors since 1996, was named Chairman in 1997, and Non-Executive Chairman in January 2015. Tom Hill has been with Vulcan for over 25 years, serving in a variety of operations and general management assignments of increasing responsibility leading up to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Wharton School of Business, Executive Management Program. Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, and a major producer of other construction materials. For additional information see www.vulcanmaterials.com . FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT DISCLAIMER This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section27A of the Securities Act and Section21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that relate to our plans, objectives, estimates and goals. Statements expressing expectations regarding our future and projections relating to sales, revenues and earnings are typical of such statements and are made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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"This was a very severe fire which tore through the derelict pub, completely destroying the building. It was located in the middle of a densely populated housing estate, putting lives at risk and leading to an evacuation of the area." Group Manager Brian Griffiths The first crew arrived at the former Westway pub on Westway in Highfields at 6.54pm yesterday. Appliances from Stafford, Gnosall, Penkridge, Stone, Eccleshall, Rugeley, Rising Brook, Longton and Lichfield attended along with the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton and the Water Carrier from Cannock. Stafford and Lichfield are the only appliances currently at the scene where crews are damping down. Firefighters used four main jets and two hose reel jets and a ground monitor to tackle the blaze and a number of firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus during the incident due to the large amount of smoke produced. The fire spread over two floors of the building, which measured 30 metres by 30 metres, and the damage caused the roof to collapse. People living in neighbouring properties were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution. Group Manager Brian Griffiths, who attended the incident, said: "This was a very severe fire which tore through the derelict pub, completely destroying the building. It was located in the middle of a densely populated housing estate, putting lives at risk and leading to an evacuation of the area.

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November 21 2015

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The Best Tips On Necessary Issues In Fitting A Fire Door In Manchester

No UEFA sanction for Manchester City boos - Yahoo Sports

View photo Manchester City will not be punished after fans booed the Champions League anthem prior to the game against Sevilla last month. UEFA has confirmed no action will be taken against Manchester City after their supporters booed the Champions League anthem prior to the game against Sevilla on October 21. City fans have booed the anthem due to perceived unfair treatment from European football's governing body relating to Financial Fair Play the Premier League club were hit with a 50million fine, most of which was suspended and a squad reduction of 25 to 21 for last season's Champions League. UEFA further angered the City faithful by ruling away fans should be banned for the game at CSKA Moscow as part of a punishment meted out to home supporters for racist chanting. City were willing to fight any sanction handed out by UEFA, with captain Vincent Kompany also supporting the fans' stance. He told The Telegraph: "UEFA's action here is not justifiable. There is nothing holy about the Champions League anthem. "If something is happening and fans are not happy about it, they are allowed to show their discontent." Soccer

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) maintained a slightly reduced operation during the industrial action, which was held across the country from 12pm to 4pm as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements. The thorough contingency plans put in place by the service meant that significant resources were available, with 26 fire engines ready to respond to emergencies. Normally the county has 33 engines at its disposal. However, these contingency resources were largely not called upon, with only a handful of emergency calls to the control room in the four-hour strike period - and normal service was resumed at 4pm. Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "I'm pleased that the firefighters who were on duty today displayed great flexibility and professionalism to ensure that an effective service was provided for the people of Gloucestershire." "Those members of the public and local businesses that prepared themselves for this strike by considering their own safety at home and work also deserve all the praise they can get." "This was a dispute between the Government and the Fire Brigades Union and therefore out of our hands as a service, but I'm pleased that so many people in the county did their bit to remain safe during this short period of industrial action." Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "I've seen first-hand the thorough plans put in place to ensure a professional fire service was maintained in the county today and I'm glad that they worked well - thanks in most part to those firefighters who remained on duty." ENDS Notes to Editors Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks and fit smoke alarms free of charge for elderly and vulnerable people in the community. If you know someone who may benefit from this service call freephone 0800 180 41 40. Please remember you must get the permission of the nominee if you are nominating someone else for a Home Fire Safety Check. For more fire safety advice and tips on how to protect your home from fire visit www.glosfire.gov.uk or call 0800 180 41 40 to arrange a visit. You can follow Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service on www.facebook.com/glosfire or www.twitter.com/glosfire You can also follow the Chief Fire Officer on www.twitter.com/glosfirechief 25th September 2013

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November 06 2015

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The winter weather is definitely upon us and, as a result, road conditions can be more hazardous than normal. Inexperienced motorists are often the ones who fall foul of the dangers that go hand in hand with the changing of the seasons." Head of Central Risk Reduction Jim Bywater The Service has already attended a number of road traffic collisions this year believed to be due to the change in conditions. Head of Central Risk Reduction Jim Bywater said: The winter weather is definitely upon us and, as a result, road conditions can be more hazardous than normal. Inexperienced motorists are often the ones who fall foul of the dangers that go hand in hand with the changing of the seasons. We would encourage road users to spend a little time preparing their vehicle for winter. Service your vehicle before winter and check the tread of your tyres is safe. The tread must be suitably deep enough to grip the road during icy conditions as it takes much longer to stop. The tyre pressure should also be inflated to the manufactures recommended level. An emergency kit is always a good idea and should include items such as a blanket or warm clothing, a torch, de-icer, ice scrapers, a shovel and boots. Tips for driving in the winter: Make sure your vehicle is serviced before winter Tyre maintenance is vital. Check both the tyre pressure and tread every month. Make sure that your car battery is not faulty and if youre in any doubt get it checked Clear your windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice before you set off and always make sure the washer bottle is filled Keep your windows clear of condensation make sure your heaters are blowing hot air ENDS Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service HQ, Pirehill, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0BS Tel: 08451 22 11 55 Email: webmaster@staffordshirefire.gov.uk



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One-vote York County School Board race likely headed for recount - Daily Press


Follow our live coverage here: http://bit.ly/1NapG2u (Daily Press Photo Staff) Jennifer L. Williams Contact Reporter jwilliams@dailypress.com One-vote York County School Board race likely headed for recount. Robert W. George initially retained his York County School Board seat by one vote Tuesday night, but Wednesday the wheels of the system were still turning with both candidates saying they will request a recount if they lose. Complete unofficial results from the State Board of Elections Tuesday for the District 5 seat had George defeating challenger Sean P. Myatt 1,018 to 1,017. The first step is for the York County Electoral Board to certify a winner, according to York County Registrar Walt Latham, who was conducting post-election canvasses all day Wednesday. After that the person who lost must petition the York-Poquoson Circuit Court for a recount, with the court determining the procedures for the recount. The certification probably will be completed no later than Friday, Latham said. After hearing that he had lost by such a slim margin, Myatt said Tuesday night that he planned to request a recount. George, 54, and Myatt, 51, are friends and both said they had conducted a friendly campaign.



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GMFRS is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on business and teams across Greater Manchester strive to make complying with fire safety regulations as simple as possible. Our expert Business Safety Teams are holding events across Greater Manchester next week to reach out to the business community and show them how simple it is to keep their premises safe from fire. If youre a business owner or manager and would like to find out how to improve fire safety in your premises, our experts are always on hand to help you. For more information about how to keep your business safe from fire please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk . UK Business Safety Week takes place from Monday, September 7, 2015 to Sunday September 12, 2015 and Business Safety Teams will be holding fire safety surgeries during business hours, unless stated otherwise at the following locations: Manchester Wythenshawe Forum, Tuesday September 9, 11am to 12noon. Rusholme, Wednesday September 8, 12noon to 4pm. Longsight Market, Friday September 11, 1pm to 4pm. Bolton and Wigan Raikes Lane Industrial Estate in Bolton, Monday September 7. Moss Lane Industrial Estate in Wigan, Tuesday September 8. Bankfield Mill Industrial Estate in Bolton, Wednesday September 9. Kirkless Industrial Estate in Wigan, Thursday September 10. Rochdale Bury and Oldham B&Q West Hulme Way, Oldham, Monday September 7.



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November 04 2015

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Some Guidelines On Vital Aspects Of House Fires In Birmingham

Like all of the PFI 2 facilities, it was designed with two purposes in mind - to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service as well as providing a valuable meeting space, free of charge, for community groups." Station Manager Dez Stoddart Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will be attending the celebration and South Staffordshire District Councillor for Kinver Lin Hingley will perform the official opening. Station Manager Dez Stoddart will also be attending and Kinver firefighter John Taylor will take visitors on a trip down memory lane when he showcases photographs of the station in years gone by. The 1.9 million community fire station has replaced the outdated base on Fairfield Drive which was built in 1957. It was designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies. Station Manager Stoddart said: "The new community fire station in Kinver is already proving to be a real hub for local people and organisations. Like all of the PFI 2 facilities, it was designed with two purposes in mind - to meet the needs of a 21st Century fire and rescue service as well as providing a valuable meeting space, free of charge, for community groups. "The rooms have proved to be a vital link between residents and our crews, community safety officers and volunteers who now have more opportunity to discuss fire safety, both in homes and on the roads. This greater level of engagement means that we can work with residents in order to prevent incidents happening in the first place, which, in turn, will save lives. The new community fire station also has far superior training facilities and amenities which allow crews to continue providing a first-class emergency response cover." Kinver Community Fire Station opened in December 2014 and was the second facility to become operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county. When the project is complete, 10 new community fire stations will have been built plus a brand new station at Loggerheads which will replace the 45-year-old station at Ashley.



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Birmingham Zoo making changes to be more autistic-friendly - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.


Source: WBRC video Member Center: Birmingham Zoo making changes to be more autistic-friendly Posted: Source: WBRC video BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Zoo is making a major effort to welcome autistic visitors and make their visit much more enjoyable. The zoo is full of all kinds of delights for kids, but for children who are autistic, the noise and all the activity can be overwhelming. So an organization called Kulture City got together with zoo managers to make the zoo a more autistic-friendly place. They've launched an Innovative Sensory Friendly Initiative. There are a number of things that now allow children who are on the autism spectrum the ability to see and experience all the things the zoo has to offer, without being overwhelmed by everything going on. Misty Gillespie is the mother of two autistic sons. Her youngest is 5 years old, and she is with Kulture City, an organization dedicated to helping autistic children experience popular attractions without the stressors that can cause them to have anxiety. "But with things like the noise-cancelling headphone, he can enjoy the train ride like all the other kids. With sensory boxes, he's able to hold something in his hands and feel secure when there's a lot of people around, he has that extra security and the quiet zones have been huge for him to come in and enjoy then noise without it being too much for him," Gillespie said.



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In Teesside, businesses will be visited by the Brigade who will offer fire safety advice, help identify appropriate training courses or suggest a fire safety audit is undertaken. The brigade can also take enforcement action where appropriate. Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: We would encourage all businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and know what to do in an emergency. Fires can devastate businesses resulting in long-term consequences for employers and employees but there are simple measures that can be taken to prevent fires occurring. Peter Dartford, CFOA President, added: UK Business Safety Weeks message may be a SIMPLE one, but its essential that businesses consider fire risks in their organisations, and make sure that their employees are aware of the causes and consequences of fire. Fire services work closely with businesses, helping them to effectively manage their fire risks, safeguarding their staff, premises, stock and potentially their livelihood. Keep it simple and keep your business safe. Notes to editors: About CFOA 1.The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is a professional membership association and a registered charity. CFOA members are drawn from all UK Fire & Rescue Services (FRSs) representing the senior executives and managers of the Service. Through the work of its members the Association supports the Fire and Rescue Services of the UK in its aspiration to protect the communities they serve and to continue to improve the overall performance of the fire sector. CFOA provides professional and technical advice to inform national fire policy.



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November 03 2015

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We want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night but we urge people to stay safe by following the firework code and by attending displays that are well organised." The Service is recommending that the public play it safe and attend organised events which are subject to stringent health and safety regulations. Community Safety Officers have once again been out and about visiting schools across the county with Operation Good Guy. The initiative educates pupils about the dangers of fireworks using hard-hitting messages and demonstrations. Leaflets featuring top tips are being distributed to shops across Staffordshire and eye-catching posters will be displayed in social clubs, community centres and other facilities. Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj said: We want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night but we urge people to stay safe by following the firework code and by attending displays that are well organised. Children should always be supervised when handling sparklers as they are the cause of many injuries. A sparkler burns at a temperature over fifteen times the boiling point of water and three sparklers burning together can generate the same heat as a blowtorch. Officers have been delivering safety message to schools about the dangers of fooling with fireworks but it is important that parents re-enforce our vital message as it could have life-saving consequences. If you do choose to have a private celebration, remember the following bonfire safety tips: If you are having a bonfire, discuss it with your neighbours beforehand Dont build a bonfire too far in advance as it could encourage anti-social behaviour Build the bonfire away from sheds, trees and wooden fences Check there are no cables including telephone wires above the bonfire Ensure there is a suitable barrier around the bonfire to keep spectators at least five metres away Always check that no children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting it Dont burn aerosols, batteries, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint as it may produce toxic fumes and some canisters may explode, causing injury Dont use petrol, paraffin, diesel, white spirit or methylated spirit to light the bonfire Keep some buckets of cold water close by in case of an emergency as well as to damp down after the event People using sparklers are being urged to remember the following safety tips: Light one sparkler at a time Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to anyone under five-years-old Ensure that everyone handling sparklers is wearing gloves Hold lit sparklers at arms length Dont wave sparklers about when close to other people Never hold a baby in your arms when holding a sparkler When you have finished with the sparkler put it in a bucket of cold water People are being encouraged to follow the Firework Code which can be found at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1324.asp In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills . ENDS Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service HQ, Pirehill, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0BS Tel: 08451 22 11 55 Email: webmaster@staffordshirefire.gov.uk



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Birmingham FD responds to house fire - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL - WBRC.com


Fire officials say two people live at the house but were not home at the time. No one was injured battling the fire and the cause is under investigation. Copyright 2015 WBRC . All rights reserved. Wednesday, October 28 2015 6:33 AM EDT2015-10-28 10:33:55 GMT (Source: Clare Huddleston/WBRC) The Miles College campus is on lockdown this morning, according to campus security. More >> The Miles College campus is on lockdown this morning, according to campus security. More >> News Updated: Wednesday, October 28 2015 12:05 AM EDT2015-10-28 04:05:23 GMT It's been a struggle trying to adjust for some elderly and disabled people who were displaced after Mondays apartment fire in Birmingham's Southside.So, what's next for them? More >> It's been a struggle trying to adjust for some elderly and disabled people who were displaced after Mondays apartment fire in Birmingham's Southside.So, what's next for them? More >> News



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Over the next couple of weeks, the service will be meeting men and women who are interested in becoming retained firefighters - from factory workers to company directors. Retained staff are vital to the Gloucestershire service and nationally provide fire and rescue cover to around 60 per cent of the UK. The only criteria is they must be more than 18 years old, physically fit and living or working within five minutes of a fire station. Recruitment nights will be held for the following stations: Cinderford - 4th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Painswick - 5th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Moreton, Stow and Chipping Campden (at Moreton) - 10th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Wotton - 11th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Gloucester North - 12th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Cirencester - 13th February, from 6.30pm until 9pm Gloucestershire's Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said: "This is a chance to become a member of a highly-skilled team and to contribute to the safety of the communities in which we all live." "It's an important job, which requires great energy and dedication. But it's also a highly rewarding role working within a tight-knit team. Retained firefighters come from all sections of the community, so anyone who thinks they can do something extraordinary should step forward" Successful applicants will be given full training in attending emergencies and paid a monthly retainer fee, including additional pay for call-outs. Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "We are all in the business of making sure communities and individuals are as safe as they can be - and our retained firefighters are a vital cog in the wheel." "Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be a firefighter should take this first important step to find out more about the role." ENDS Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council's Media Team 01452 425391 Email: rdsrecruitment@glosfire.gov.uk for more information about becoming a retained firefighter. Follow Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service on www.facebook.com/glosfire or www.twitter.com/glosfire 30th January 2014


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November 02 2015

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Cagneys owner, Lyn Kirkwood, said: It was horrendous. My husbands carer came round and she usually barks, but she was quiet. I looked in all the rooms and couldnt find her anywhere, then all of a sudden I heard a whimper and we found her stuck in the chair. We called the fire service and the RSPCA and we had three firefighter with tools trying to get her out. When they freed her she just walked off as if nothing had happened. Watch Manager Dave Minto led the effort to rescue Cagney. He said: Cagney had been stuck in that position for an hour. The dog was quite distressed when we arrived, but when she saw the crew Cagney quietened down and just sat there in total silence. We isolated the electric supply to the chair and took the mechanism apart - freeing Cagney after about half an hour. RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer, David Hatton, added: The dog had managed to get herself well and truly wedged in the chair. She was stuck head first in the mechanism, with just her back legs sticking out. The fire service were brilliant. They were able to dismantle the metal frame until she could free herself. It was a careful process, but luckily we were able to get her out uninjured.



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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Gareth Bale, Donny Van De Beek Rumours | Bleacher Report


Stu Forster/Getty Images The reportsaid Bale is considered the solution by LvG, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is "committed" to signing the 26-year-old when the transfer window reopens after Christmas. Bale has failed to win over the Madrid public since his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur , and United believe they can exploit his "unrest" as Real review their options. Van Gaal will not consider a swap deal involving goalkeeper David De Gea, but he will offer the Wales international a route out of the Bernabeu if he wishes for a return to the Premier League, per Bates' report. The Galacticos will have to choose which direction they will take their team in, as rumours spread Cristiano Ronaldo could also leave the club, as confirmed by Guillem Balague to talkSPORT (h/t theMirror's Liam Prenderville .) AFP/Getty Images A move to Old Trafford is an option for Ronaldo, but Balague believes the former United icon will chose Paris Saint-Germain as his next club. This leaves United free to concentrate on Bale, but if Ronaldo moves to Ligue 1, the chances of signing the Welshman will surelydiminish. Real legend Zinedine Zidane recently said neither player is for sale, telling ShortList Bale's future lies at the heart of Madrid's ambitions: Of course clubs are going to want Gareth, he is one of the best in the world, but I am not sure how much clearer we can be. Gareth has made it clear, his agent has made it clear, we have made it clear, his future is at Real Madrid. We sign the best players in the world, we dont sell them. Last season, the former full-back netted only 13 times in La Liga, according to WhoScored.com , while Ronaldo bagged 48 goals over the same period. This explains why Madridistas have not taken Bale to their heart, and president Florentino Perez might have to look elsewhere to find a player who can rival Ronaldo's statistics. United Track Ajax Academy Talent Getty Images/Getty Images Van Gaal is looking into the talents of Dutch midfield sensationDonny van de Beek, and has "increased his scouting" of the 18-year-old afterreceiving excellent feedback on the Ajax midfielder. The Tom Hopkinson of theSunday Peoplesaid United will up their focus in the talented player, who won Ajax's Talent of the Future award last year. The accolade has previously been collected by the likes ofWesley Sneijder, Christian Eriksen and Daley Blind, and it is viewed as a sure indicator of a top-class, burgeoning talent. Recently the MailOnline compared Van De Beek's skill set to former Netherlands legend Dennis Bergkamp, after scoring an audacious chipped goal for his club's academy side, with the former Arsenal player now in charge of the Ajax youth setup. The youngster is a natural No. 10, and he could be viewed as anaffordableoption to replace Rooney in the years ahead. Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images United are stuck in flux at present; results are not poor, as the team currently sits in the Premier League top four, but the attack looks weak and tepid. Will Bale join United in January?



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October 31 2015

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22/10/2015 There was high drama and special effects as a smoke filled former police station provided the backdrop for an exercise in Brightlingsea on Wednesday October 21. Exercise Bill simulated a major incident in a police station with officers and ... Adrian is now an international assessor The services extrication team werent the only ones being put through their paces at the World Rescue Organisation Championships in Portugal. Station Officer Adrian Richardson completed his training to become a competition assessor. It means that Adrian is now qualified to assess future international, and UK, extrication competitions. He said: I have been working for months to qualify as a UK Rescue Organisation assessor. I attended competitions across the country and delivered a workshop on heavy rescue at UK championships this year. That all meant that I was qualified as an UKRO assessor and could go on to become an World Rescue Organisation assessor. I went with the rest of the Essex team to Portugal and while they were competing I shadowed assessors learning how they judge international competitions.



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From HSC to FFA Cup for Hume's Hennessey - Yahoo Sports


Amid Humes preparations to face the reigning Hyundai A-League champions in a David v Goliath Cup semi final, the 18-year-old defender has been studying for his Year 12 VCE exams in Melbourne. Incredibly, Hennessey will sit his first test a three-hour English exam - on the morning of the big match, to be screened live on Fox Sports from the 30,000 capacity AAMI Park. Ill probably go straight from the exam to the club to prepare for the game on the night," he told www.theffacup.com.au Its been tough to mix in training three nights a week and study but I think Ive managed it okay. "Basically on the nights we didnt train Id be studying from the minute I got home to when I went to bed. "And on the nights we did train Id try to get in an hour's study in beforehand and after." But if football lineage counts for much, hell do just fine. Matts father is Dean Hennessey, the clubs technical director and a former state league player in Melbourne. And Matts Grandfather is Terry Hennessey, well-known as a powerful defender in the UK during the 1960s and 70s at Derby Country, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest. He also represented Wales almost 40 times. Terry briefly coached in Melbourne during the mid-late 1980s and he brought Dean with him. Meanwhile, the youngest Hennessey was part of the Hume side that accounted for a second-string Melbourne City outfit 2-0 in a friendly almost a fortnight ago. With his part-time teams PS4 NPL season having finished weeks ago, Hennessey said the hit-out was just what Hume needed ahead of their recent friendly against Victory. We needed 90 minutes. Its tough to train for three, four weeks in between games without 90 minutes in there so to have that game under our belts really helped and was good for our confidence. I thought we played well. There were some good moments and some moments we needed to work on but well go into the game confident. Hennessey has spent the last two seasons at Hume City, starting every match of his clubs fairytale run to the last four, and hopes to one day progress to the professional ranks. The defender has shown an aerial prowess and composure on the ball that harks back to his Granddad, and he revealed he actually knocked back the chance to join the reigning A-League champions Victory last season. Last pre-season I had a couple of training sessions with Victory Youth which was a good experience. They offered me a train-on spot but I chose to stay at Hume.



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They also benefit a lot of good causes. We have created an interactive map showing where many of the displays taking place in Essex are being held and what date they are on. When something goes wrong at a firework party the situation can often escalate very quickly and burns from fireworks are some of the worst people can suffer. Sparklers burn five times hotter than cooking oil, they should never be given to a child under five and should always be held in a gloved hand. Also no matter where youre going make sure all animals are kept indoors and that young children are under constant adult supervision. Find an organised display near you with our map: Although organised displays are the safest and best way to enjoy Bon Fire Night if people insist on holding their own displays its vital that they follow the fireworks code: Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114. Dont drink alcohol if setting off fireworks. Keep fireworks in a closed non-flammable box. Follow the instructions on each firework. Light them at arms length, using a taper. Stand well back. Never go near a firework that has been lit.



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October 30 2015

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Cross-dressed man robs bank in York Co., police say - WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg - Top Stories


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Firefighters are often first on the scene at road traffic collisions and see firsthand the devastation and tragedy that can result from crashes on our roads. Children form a highly vulnerable group of road users and although our region has seen some marked reductions in casualty levels there is still more work to be done to making our roads safer and we urge everyone to Look Out for Each Other when using the road, said Andrew Bright. During the week Middlesbrough Councils Road Safety Team and Cleveland Fire Brigade will be visiting a number of local schools to get across key safety messages. This will involve children attending seatbelt assemblies when Seatbelt Sheriff Lynn Hepworth, Middlesbrough Councils Road Safety Officer, will demonstrate the importance of wearing a seat belt and using an appropriate child car seat. Lynn Hepworth said: Children will then have the opportunity to become Deputy Seatbelt Sheriffs by taking the Seatbelt Sheriff pledge to always wear a seatbelt and also to make sure that everyone in the car is belted in securely. Seatbelt Sheriff is a fun and entertaining way to get across this important message to every child who will hopefully pass it on to other family members and their friends. Schoolchildren are also being encouraged to take safies a selfie on a safe theme and post them online as part of the campaign. During the week firefighters and Middlesbrough Council road safety officers will also be giving out car safety advice at Parkway Shopping Centre, Coulby Newham on Friday 8 May between 2pm and 4pm. This will include checks on in-car baby and child seats, booster seats and booster cushions. Meanwhile, as a pre-cursor to the campaign, firefighters from Thornaby Fire Station have visited the 1st Ingleby Barwick Scout Group to get across key safety messages. Scout Leader Lucy Nicholson said: Our scout group takes road safety very seriously and endeavour to provide education and information through the completion of badge work, and through reminding the children of road safety rules when we are carrying out activities. The children have very much enjoyed working with Cleveland Fire Brigade to learn more about Road safety. Six-year-old beaver Harry Nicholson commented: Road Safety is very important because children need to learn how dangerous roads can be.


Fire doors are available in a number of ratings each of which indicates how long the door can resist fire and heat. The minimum rating is FD30, providing thirty minutes fire resistance. FD30 doors, be they glass, semi-glazed, panel or flush are usually 45mm thick, as opposed to the standard door thickness of 35 mm. Clicking the link will show you more information on fire doors together with some great prices on modern, stylish fire doors.

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October 29 2015

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CFO Peter O'Reilly taking a selfie of himself with the defibrilator at GMFRS' HQ It is estimated that there are thousands of these life-saving portable machines in the North West which NWAS doesnt know about so if someone calls 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest, the Trust cant direct them to the nearest one. Therefore, people are being asked to take a picture of themselves next to a defib and to tweet it with the hashtag #findthedefib and their location, in the hope it will raise awareness and help save lives. GMFRS' County Fire Officer Peter OReilly is leading by example (see picture above) and has tweeted his selfie. Peter took his selfie next to the defibrillator at GMFRS' headquarters it is situated to the left of reception after you enter the main part of the building. AEDs are small machines which can shock a persons heart into restarting and if this can be done in the vital first few minutes, patients have a 60-70 per cent chance of making a full recovery. They are easy to use, easy to carry and they talk people through the process, which means they wont deliver a shock unless it is required. There is no clinical training required to be able to use the machine. So if you are out and about and see a defib, please join in the campaign and tweet a picture. CFO O'Reilly's tweet A spokesperson for NWAS said: Forgotten, lonely, gathering dust and tucked away in a corner thats the sad fate of many life-saving defibrillators which have been installed with good intentions by well-meaning members of the public, business owners and clubs.



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October 28 2015

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The Latest Guidelines For Down-to-earth Smoke Alarms In Manchester Programs

Above all the plan points towards the Services overall aim of creating safer communities. The document has been designed to clearly present the six key priorities which will underpin the Services aims and objectives between now and 2019. An action plan for each priority sets out the what, how and when for each objective, along with the proposed outcomes. Information on the financial context and how the Service uses risk mapping and profiling to target resources and fire prevention work is also included. The six priorities are: Service Delivery Deliver a professional, effective and value-for-money emergency response service to all those who live, work and travel in the county of Nottinghamshire. Employees and Workforce Maintain, support and develop our workforce to ensure an environment in which we can deliver a professional and effective service to the people of Nottinghamshire. Improvement and Governance Continuously improve upon previous achievements and ensure our stakeholders that the organisation has an appropriate infrastructure for governance to support future successes. Engagement and Partnerships Develop and maintain effective strategic and community partnerships. Environment Reduce the Services impact on the environment through a combination of measures including considering the environment when making decisions, investing in technology and delivering training and education initiatives. Inclusion and Equality Provide services tailored to meet the needs of our communities.


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Manchester chief defends 'hot-spot' arrest | New Hampshire


Main Slide Image 14 Willard said police use a stun gun and pepper spray to avoid injury when a person does not submit to an arrest. Its the officer whos doing his job. Hes doing whats expected of him, Willard said. Its the individual who took it to a completely different level. Ifs hes told hes under arrest, for whatever reason that might be, he has to cooperate, Willard said. The comments follow the arrest Tuesday evening at Merrimack and Union streets, an area that police term a predictive hot spot. Police data showed 24 recent complaints about prostitution and 10 people who have overdosed in their cars in the last 90 days. According to a statement issued Wednesday, DeLeire was arrested after he grew agitated and eventually fought with police when they started to search him outside his parked car on Merrimack Street. A legitimate reason The arrest has drawn criticism online, with many bloggers focusing on a police statement that DeLeire could give no legitimate reason for being in the area. You have to prove that you are in an area for a legitimate reason? Since when? wrote Laura Levasseur on UnionLeader.com.


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The prestigious annual awards recognise excellence in frontline services delivered by local authorities and public sector organisations. Out of 10 awards available the Service has been shortlisted for two one for the Community Risk Intervention Team (CRIT) in the Best Efficiency and Transformation Initiative category and the second for a volunteering partnership initiative with Manchester Cathedral, which is nominated for Best Employment and Equality Initiative. Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: Were really pleased to have been shortlisted for these awards as GMFRS continues to demonstrate the value of Community Risk Intervention and our volunteer programmes to the communities we serve. The fire and rescue service can contribute significantly to the wider prevention agenda and support partners in reducing demand on a range of public services in new and innovative ways. The CRIT pilot began in January 2015 and has seen teams based at Agecroft, Wigan and Wythenshawe responding to cardiac arrests and falls for North West Ambulance Service and concerns for welfare on behalf of Greater Manchester Police. The teams of non-firefighters have also carried out prevention work, such as fitting handrails to prevent falls in the home and fitting smoke alarms. The pilot has seen CRITs respond to 1,866 calls up to the end of June. Meanwhile, they have also carried out 630 Home Safety Checks. Manchester Cathedrals volunteer programme has been successfully working in partnership with GMFRS since March 2014. The cathedral works with unemployed people, providing support and opportunities to help get them back into work. Individuals initially sign up to a 10-week programme that includes volunteering, coaching and mentoring, employability skills delivered by a local college and job club support helping volunteers to develop their CVs, complete job applications and receive mock interviews. GMFRS provides volunteering opportunities to help people build on a variety of skills and theyve been involved in activities such as leaflet drops, Heartstart training, Home Safety Check training, carrying out a community safety event and firefighter experience days.


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August 20 2015

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Planning To Get Yourself A New Property? Have You Thought To Construct One Yourself.

While some 80 per cent of builds in Austria and Germany are self-builds isn?t it high time new house buyers in great britain figured out the advantages of building our very own houses? Despite the fact that right here only one in ten houses are self-builds, the outlook is promising as more and more people seem to be savoring the benefits and freedoms of building their own properties. In the year 2010, self-builds made up 14,000 new houses and this figure is increasing. With a lot of advice and assistance you can get from the building industry along with the government, the attraction for a self- build keeps growing all the time.

What?s the big deal with building our own homes? Is it less costly to do so? So what problems should somebody new to the self-build market want to look out for?. When designing your new home make sure that you fit properly tested and approved fire doors. Although more expensive than a normal interior door, such doors offer a guaranteed 30 minutes protection against the ingress of smoke, flames or fumes, thus giving you and your family the opportunity to get out safely from the burning property. You will find a huge selection of fire doors and fire door accessories on this web site.

According to the government housing minister, people defer heading down the self-build option on account they think they don?t have sufficient financial resources ought to reconsider. Building your home is not only cost effective, it will save you money. A self-builder seeking a three to four bedroom home will be needing a spending budget of about £150,000. This really is manageable and well worth taking very seriously for the reason that a ready built home of this size will now have a selling price of around £230,000.

A self-build is a challenge nevertheless with the right support and assistance, you don?t need to be daring. Signing up for a self-build is just common sense.

The government endorsed National Self Build Association guarantees an easier access to resources, slicing the bureaucracy of property construction, greater levels of building firms working on behalf of the self-build industry and looking to make extra land accessible for this purpose as well.

The National Self Build Association help portal supports self-building and supplies the guidance called for. There is help to seek out less expensive territory around the uk together with supplying a network of practical support for all those who take part in the self build scheme. As reported by NSBA chairman Ted Stevens, there are presently well over 2 million families looking to self build here and the quantities are growing all the time.

Famous Tv Architecture expert Kevin McCloud considers self-build as the way forward for people trying to spend less on housing whilst giving local construction business the boost they need. He proceeds to say ?with the right planning, help and support it (self-building) can be enjoyable and on collective schemes empowering. And we?d certainly see more energy efficient buildings and a wider embracing of green technologies.?
If this doesn?t persuade you, I don?t know what will!

August 19 2015

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15 Firefighters Have Been Given Awards For Their Role In Saving The Lives Of 11 People Trapped In A Flats Fire.

On December 13, the men of white watch at Luton fire brigade were called to a fire at Nightingale Court, Waldeck Road, Luton.

Fire in a ground floor flat of the four storey building was producing large amounts of noxious black smoke which smoke-logged the only stairwell.

The Fire Brigade report on the blaze stated that poor maintenance of the doors to all flats, together with the fact that the fire doors in the lobby of each floor had been wedged open, meant that smoke had filled each flat.

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The two rescue pump crews found residents standing at windows on all floors, shouting for assistance and the firemen decided to evacuate all the trapped people via ladders hastily positioned to the front face of the building.

A 3 month old child was carried down a 9m ladder from a second floor flat and a further four adults were helped down the ladder from the same flat.

An elderly lady was helped down a triple extension ladder from a flat on the first floor of the building and a small child and two further adults rescued from a flat on the ground floor.

A teenage boy and his mother were trapped by smoke in the bedroom of a third floor flat and a 40 foot ladder was positioned. The mother was too afraid to get onto this ladder and her son insisted on staying with her. They were finally carried to freedom by Luton?s aerial platform which had arrived on the scene along with two further rescue vehicles following an assistance message.

In total, 11 people were rescued in a very short time and a well developed fire was put out by firemen wearing breathing apparatus using two high pressure hoses.

July 31 2015

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Deaths From Fire Are Down However There's No Need For Complacency

Statistics from UK fire & rescue services have just been released for 2013/14 and the report reveals that the total of fires and the number of injuries and deaths caused by fire are progressively decreasing. When lots of us now live in centrally heated houses compared to years gone by when an open fire was the standard, this is barely surprising.

However, we shouldn't be patting ourselves on the back right now, the statistics are still quite frightening:

Fire Statistics for Great Britain 2013-14
- Over 500,000 emergency calls to the Fire Brigade
- 212,500 Actual Fires
- 143,500 Outdoor Fires (vehicles, heathland, household and building refuse or grassland).
- 39,600 Residence Fires.
- 322 Deaths in fires, 258 of which were in house fires.
- 9,748 Injuries caused by fires.
- The most likely place for a fire is the kitchen, contributing 13,300 fires.
- The main cause of death in dwelling fires was negligent handling of fire or hot substances such as reckless disposal of cigarettes.
- 94 accidental home fire deaths resulted from fires that started in the lounge, dining room or living room.
- Nearly 40% of dwelling fire deaths happened in homes where no smoke alarm was installed.
- No smoke alarm was installed in 12,000 home fires and a smoke detector was fitted however not working in an additional 8,000.
- Whilst just 11% of fires happened between midnight and 5 a.m. these fires made up one fifth of all fire deaths.
- Fire deaths are more than 4 times higher for people aged 80 and over.
- The most significant killer is not from flames however from toxic fumes with over 60% of all deaths having hazardous fumes as a major part of the cause of death.
- 9% of all dwelling fires occurred in the hour between 8 pm and 9 pm, probably whilst individuals are cooking their evening meals.

Now that we have taken a look at the stats, let's now consider exactly what we might do so that those figures fall even further.

- I guess, this one is really apparent - stop cigarette smoking! - it will certainly lower the possibility of fires and it will enhance your health.
- Smoke alarms are not pricey, there is no excuse for failing to set up WORKING smoke alarms and there is even less justification for having a smoke detector with the battery removed or having a non-working battery. Undoubtedly a human life has to be worth the expense of a battery for the smoke alarm. Click here for the highest rated smoke alarms on Amazon
- Specifically designed fire doors are manufactured in such a method that they will resist fire, smoke and fumes for a defined time. Most internal fire doors manufactured for private homes offer thirty minutes security against smoke, fire and fumes. These are usually called FD30 fire doors, whereas fire doors fitted in hotels and other public locations are more likely to offer 60 minutes defense (FD60). Click for UK Fire Doors

July 20 2015

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Fire Doors Save Lives !

While the majority are considerate, were receiving a lot of complaints about people not picking up after their pets. We spend over 3.5m a year on street cleansing, including the removal of dog mess and litter, which could be much better spent elsewhere. Id also like to encourage residents to support the initiative by joining in with a community litter pick on July 14. Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter will be providing dog micro-chipping, free of charge, although donations to the charity are welcome. It will take place at St Johns Church, St Johns Terrace, Percy Main, from 10am to 3pm, on July 14. During the first week of Operation Hotspot, running from today (July 6), council wardens will also be visiting schools in the area, talking to children about the importance of not dropping litter. While the second week, from July 13, will see the wardens carrying out extra patrols to tackle litter, dog fouling and fly-tipping and working alongside Northumbria Police to combat any anti-social behaviour. North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: "We work closely with our partners to tackle issues including anti-social behaviour in the Percy Main area. "We take these types of incidents very seriously as we know it causes concern to our communities and affects the quality of life for residents. "We would encourage local people to come and speak to officers during this initiative about any concerns they may have. "Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour or crime and disorder issues are asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101." Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will also be on hand during the second week, offering residents in the area free home fire safety checks.



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June 20 2015

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The A-z Of Fire Prevention Techniques

Back in the days, your average smoke detector did just that ? detect smoke. If it picked up the scent, it would issue a series of loud beeps, letting you know that something was wrong in your house. Nowadays, however, fire alarms have become much more sophisticated. Many of the newer ones can detect fires even before a significant amount of smoke has come out. There are even combined fire alarm security systems that will contact the police, fire department, and first aid medics if a detector goes off. I can't overstate how important upgrading to these fire alarms is.First of all, smoke inhalation can incapacitate you. This means that even if your fire alarm is going off, you might not be able to move. A fire detector that automatically notifies the fire department is obviously superior for this reason.






My daughter has just gone through a bunch of fire prevention and safety activities at school. I had talked with her many times about what to do to get out of the house if there were ever a fire, but I didn?t want to do it in a way that scared her. I wasn?t sure what to do or say, but I knew I had to do something. I am grateful that her school did a series of events about this very thing, because I was relatively sure that they would do it in a way that was age appropriate for her.All children should learn about fire prevention and safety issues. This is not something that you can avoid if you aren?t sure how to go about talking with them. Some children are super sensitive to some things, and it makes sense that some would become excessively scared when you talk about things like fire prevention and safety. However, that doesn?t mean you don?t talk about it, but instead, you find someone else to do it. You can call your local fire company to see if you can visit, or if they have any events planned for children so you can go along with your child.While you are worrying about your child learning about fire prevention and safety, you may as well take some time to brush up on it on your own.




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Most people know all of these things, but few people do what they have to do to ensure good fire prevention and safety.Ironically, fire prevention and protection seems to be better in workplaces than at home. You see, there is so much attention paid to workplace safety nowadays. No one wants to get sued, so everyone takes adequate steps to follow all of the safety rules. Nonetheless, home safety is a more important issue. Although it is less toughly enforced, fire prevention and safety in the home is much more crucial. You see, there are several reasons why you are safer in your workplace than at home. For one, because workplaces are regularly inspected, they tend to be more up to date in terms of fire prevention and safety. Even more importantly, however, is the fact that you are more likely to be on your guard at the workplace.

June 02 2015

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Some Things You Need To Understand Concerning Fire Doors

Fire detector technology, you see, has come a long way in the past 20 years. Back in the days, your average smoke detector did just that ? detect smoke. If it picked up the scent, it would issue a series of loud beeps, letting you know that something was wrong in your house. Nowadays, however, fire alarms have become much more sophisticated. Many of the newer ones can detect fires even before a significant amount of smoke has come out. There are even combined fire alarm security systems that will contact the police, fire department, and first aid medics if a detector goes off. I can't overstate how important upgrading to these fire alarms is.First of all, smoke inhalation can incapacitate you.






I had talked with her many times about what to do to get out of the house if there were ever a fire, but I didn?t want to do it in a way that scared her. I wasn?t sure what to do or say, but I knew I had to do something. I am grateful that her school did a series of events about this very thing, because I was relatively sure that they would do it in a way that was age appropriate for her.All children should learn about fire prevention and safety issues. This is not something that you can avoid if you aren?t sure how to go about talking with them. Some children are super sensitive to some things, and it makes sense that some would become excessively scared when you talk about things like fire prevention and safety. However, that doesn?t mean you don?t talk about it, but instead, you find someone else to do it. You can call your local fire company to see if you can visit, or if they have any events planned for children so you can go along with your child.While you are worrying about your child learning about fire prevention and safety, you may as well take some time to brush up on it on your own. Though you may know what to do, there may be some specific things that you have forgotten.



The design of a fire door has an intumescent strip which is fitted around the sides and top of the door or its frame. This seal is pretty much hidden during normal use, but expands when subjected to extreme heat eliminating the gap between door and door frame and thus forming a barrier stopping fire and harmful fumes from entering the room. Click on the link for further information on Click to see the UK's finest selection of FD60 fire doors. You will also find a huge selection of modern, stylish fire doors which are all available at great, online prices









No one wants to get sued, so everyone takes adequate steps to follow all of the safety rules. Nonetheless, home safety is a more important issue. Although it is less toughly enforced, fire prevention and safety in the home is much more crucial. You see, there are several reasons why you are safer in your workplace than at home. For one, because workplaces are regularly inspected, they tend to be more up to date in terms of fire prevention and safety. Even more importantly, however, is the fact that you are more likely to be on your guard at the workplace. At home, if a fire breaks out, you could be asleep! If you are a particularly sound sleeper, it is possible that you will not know until it is almost too late. At that point, having a good fire prevention and safety plan is your only way to survive.Of course, fire prevention safety starts with the young. You wouldn't believe how often I have children who I teach fire prevention and safety courses to who then go on to educate their parents. Of course, these kids learn the basic lessons designed for children ? don't play with matches, tell someone if the burner is on, and leave the house if you smell smoke ? but they also learn lessons that are fit for adults.

May 18 2015

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Deep Breathing Will Help To Reduce Anxiety Levels

Anxiety may take a lot out of you, both emotionally and physically. On top of seeing a physician, you should have an organized plan in place. Without organization, dealing with your anxiety will become sporadic and unhealthy. You must be organized when coping and dealing with your panic attacks.

Try creating your personal calming herbal tea tonic to help you with anxiety. There are lots of calming herbs available that can help you cope with anxiety. Seek information and ask your physician before combining them. You are bound to find one or two to help you!

Write instructions to your greatest fear about why you are so concerned about it. Be sure to write precisely why it is causing you to feel that way and how it is affecting you. Now write a hate letter to your greatest anxiety, then battle it through the letter and write it off!

Make here we are at practicing some relaxation techniques. There are numerous techniques that you could work into your schedule too. Relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation, and some deep breathing may reduce your anxiety symptoms, and assist you to feel more relaxed so you can possess a better emotional well-being.

Learn to say no. Overextending yourself can quickly drain your reserves and then leave your mind racing while you try to live up to your commitments. Your refusal to place more on your plate than you can manage may cause disappointment for someone, but your mental health and well-being are most important.

Anxiety can be caused by many different factors, so it's important to understand the root causes prior to trying to treat them. If you are unable to pinpoint exactly why you are feeling anxious, you will be unable to learn to remove this anxiety within an easy and quick method.

Regulate your sleep schedule. Are you currently getting enough sleep? An excessive amount of? Many people don't understand the importance of sleep to the way that they function. Sleep is the body's chance to recharge, energize and cope with your emotions. If you are getting too much sleep, set a security and make yourself get out of bed. If you are not getting enough sleep, try talking to your doctor about options for sleep medication.

Reduce the anxiety in your lifetime by learning to say no to situations that cause you stress. There is no reason to believe that you must be accessible to fulfill every request that is asked of you.

Learn not to accept responsibility in excess of you are able to handle comfortably.

See a therapist. Lots of people feel seeking specialist is a sign of failure or weakness; however this might not be further from the truth. Even if you do not have confidence in drug therapy, an experienced therapist can help you develop techniques to master nervousness and cope with it effectively. Additionally, a therapist can act as an impartial sounding board, giving you someone to speak with, bounce ideas from, and help you gain perspective on your fears.

For those who have an anxiety problem, then you definitely should reduce sugar and caffeine. Sometimes these things can make you feel even more nervous than usual. If you must have caffeine or sugar, then a minimum of cut back. Your diet plan plays a crucial role in how you react to anxiety.

Help others if you have a chance. If you see someone that needs help, ask them. You may also find an opportunity to help family and friends by simply asking them if they need anything. This will keep your mind from anxiety and will help you feel happier about yourself.

Have a log or a journal to try and figure out what your triggers are. Once you have the triggers mapped out, you'll have a better idea of what you can do to reduce the anxiety that you feel in the different situations. Each situation may require a different management technique.

If you have been prescribed medication for anxiety, be sure that you take it at the same time every day. Place your bottle from your toothbrush in the cabinet, or simply wherever you will notice it. Keep in mind that some medications require sometime to work, so you have to take it every day.

To help you deal with anxiety, you need to become educated on ways that you can avoid the causes. Knowing what is causing your anxiety goes a long way into solving your issues of feeling anxious. If you are aware and therefore are educated in anxiety, it will help you to solve the problems that you are experiencing.

To conquer any situation by which anxiety rears its head inside a seemingly debilitating manner, do your very best to characterize the situation you are facing as something much more positive than you ordinarily might. By viewing a stressful situation like a valuable opportunity to gain personal strength, you will find it much easier to handle than it would ordinarily have been.



Keep yourself as busy as you possibly can at all times. When you have down time, be more successful for your mind to focus on negative things and will, therefore, fuel anxiety. Start your day out by washing the house, working in the garden, reading a magazine or doing some other activity that you enjoy.

Stay as busy as you can. Being very active aids in preventing any anxiety that could occur. As soon as you get up within the mornings, begin doing something immediately. Be sure you keep yourself busy all day long. Clean up the house, walk your dog, clean up a garden, read, or exercise. All these things can lower your anxiety. Remaining idle just makes you think about the negative stuff that are occurring in your life, which makes your anxiety worse.

After being identified as having anxiety disorder, lots of people worry about the price associated with needed medical intervention. Most insurance plans will cover needed medicines and coverings for this disorder. Should you currently do not have health insurance, contact your county government's Health and Human Services division. In many instances, they offer mental health care at a nearby public health facility. Charges at these facilities are pro-rated on a person's ability to pay.

Obtain a pet. Research has revealed that animals are incredibly relaxing. The act of simply petting a cat, or a dog has been shown to bring about feelings of calm; just try it out. You might find that having a pet around will help soothe nervousness in a number of ways.

Make every effort that you can to make yourself as happy as you possibly can. The happier that you are, the less likely you are to become overwhelmed with anxiety. Make every effort easy to increase your mood to begin feeling better with regards to you and life generally.

Find a visual or aural anchor that makes you feel calm or relaxed. Try to choose something abundant and ever-present, for example clouds or water. Whenever you feel anxious, turn to the sky or play a soothing track of water on an music player. These anchors can give you a focal point when you feel anxious and go a full-blown anxiety attack.

An excellent tip in lowering the amount of anxiety you are feeling is to reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is really a stimulant which only increases the anxiousness or nervousness you're already feeling. Reducing the amount of caffeine you are taking will help lessen the amount of anxiety you are feeling.

If you have a problem trying to relax, in order to release all of your anxiety, you should think about aromatherapy. There are several herbs and flowers that can ease moods, once the aromas are inhaled. Essential oils containing peppermint, bay, anise, and thyme, are several examples of the scents that you might find effective.

Think about seeing a therapist or a psychologist. In case your anxiety is based on stress that's affecting you in your lifetime, it's a good idea to see someone who is an expert in dealing with these issues. There are many professionals who specialize in anxiety and know specific steps that you could take to feel good.

Avoid considering things that worry you by doing something else. Keep busy by gardening or perhaps, reading a magazine. As soon as you wake up, start your day doing something to keep your mind free from anxiety. This can keep your mind from those things that bother you and also cause you anxiety.

If you think that you are constantly thinking about the issues or issues that you have throughout the day, speak with a professional. Referring to your issues with someone else will help you get them out in the open so that they are not bottled up and causing you to worry.

A terrific way to help you cope with your anxiety would be to identify the things that bring it on. Whenever you determine what causes nervousness, you can better get ready to deal with those situations whenever they arise later on. This way, you can see what specific what exactly you need to work on.

Moderate your emotions. How you feel can frequently cause anxiety. After you have the discipline to manage your emotions, you are able to rid yourself of anxiety. You may have to learn to emotionally detach yourself from feelings to achieve control of your feelings and eliminate anxiety permanently.

It is essential to limit your alcohol and caffeine intake when you are coping with anxiety. Instead of helping you to relax, alcohol in excess can actually aggravate your anxiety. Too much caffeine can wind up triggering a panic attack. So reduce both of these substances when you are anxious.



As you can see, there are various ways to manage your stress. Do not expect results immediately because it usually takes time until you are able to concentrate on your relaxation exercises and truly control your anxiety. You'll have to work hard toward this goal, however the result is worth it.

Anxiety doesn't have to bug you night and day anymore, you can be yourself again and focus on more important things in life rather then controlling your anxiety. You have the knowledge to eliminate anxiety in your lifetime, just stay strong and apply what you've learned today and also the anxiety will leave, but only if you would like it to.

May 02 2015

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"It's amazing that I'm the first athlete to be selected," she said. Lucas, who was born without thumbs and has limited movement in her arms, beat Megan Pascoe to the sole GB slot in the class. In 2012, she won gold in London to become the first GB sailor to win a Paralympic medal since the sport became a full part of the Games programme in 2000. "It's a massive relief to know I'm going to Rio and have the opportunity to defend my gold medal," she added. "It's a huge privilege, but also it means we can really focus on preparing for Rio and the specifics of the venue. Helena Lucas facts In 2006, Helena stood in for Shirley Robertson to helm in the Olympic class Yngling at the first Beijing Olympic Test Event, winning silver alongside Annie Lush and Lucy MacGregor. She made her Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008, finishing in 7th place. She was the only woman competing in the 2.4mR class at the 2012 Paralympics and beat her nearest rival by nine points. "London was an amazing experience but no sailor has yet managed to defend their Paralympic title.

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The problem struck in the middle of Thursday mornings rush hour between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth Common in south London. Services in and out of Londons Victoria station were suspended and the Gatwick Express was unable to run. Passengers spoke of nightmare conditions at Clapham Junction while some said they had been stuck on non-moving trains for up to 75 minutes. There were reports that a London-bound train that had left Brighton at 6.56am was still outside Clapham Junction at 9.30am. The disruption was expected to last until at least 12 noon, with delays of up to 90 minutes. A Network Rail spokesman said: A major power supply problem between Clapham and Wandsworth Common has disrupted Southern train services into London Victoria this morning. Engineers are on site and we aim to resume services as quickly as possible. Tickets are valid on all other routes into London and Southern passengers are advised to avoid travelling through Clapham Junction, which is very busy. South West Trains services to and from Waterloo via Clapham Junction are unaffected. FiniasFinn tweeted to the Transport for London account: Clapham Junction is worst station ever. I realise its chaos but no staff helping and being arrogant is not a help. Thomas Michael Jules wrote: Avoid Clapham Junction today people! Mayhem!! Precious tweeted: Complete chaos at Clapham Junction this morning as trains are delayed left, right and centre. What a nightmare! There had been delays involving Clapham Junction earlier in the rush hour due to a lineside fire which caused hold-ups to services on London Overground.

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April 30 2015

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Open Country volunteers in training for the launch of the York Tandem Club North Yorkshire based charity Open Country is inviting cyclists with a disability, and volunteers to take the front seats on their tandems, to join the York Tandem Club. The charity already runs popular tandem clubs in Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby. Lizzie Hughes, who will lead the York club, said: "York is the obvious choice to launch the next tandem club as the city embraces cycling in all its forms. 2015 is Open Country's 25th anniversary year and so we wanted to celebrate by branching out in to new areas where we don't already operate. "However, the success of the club is dependent on getting enough volunteers each week so we urge people to come forward to give tandem riding a go. It's great fun, a brilliant way of keeping fit, and a fantastic opportunity to help people who wouldn't normally be able to ride a bike." The group will meet at Askham Bog car park every Tuesday from April to September at 6pm and will ride out around the quiet roads and cycle paths across the city. Glyn Newberry, Disability Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator at City of York Council added: Cycling is a leading sport in York, hosting major cycling events such as the Tour de France last year and the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire. "We have a new 1km cycle track and outdoor velodrome at the University of York s Sport Village with specialised bikes, inclusive cycling sessions and competitive para-cycling for disabled people. "This fantastic new opportunity with Open Country will allow even more disabled people to access cycling in York in a fun and safe way." Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering for the York Tandem Club should email info@opencountry.org.uk or call 01423 507227. Alternatively visit www.opencountry.org.uk

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Eight wardens have been assaulted in Harrogate and Selby since January 2013, with attacks ranging from pushing to punching and one head-butt. Harrogate Borough Council met yesterday to look at buying the cameras for their wardens in Harrogate and Selby, but the decision has been postponed so further information can be gathered from other councils. City of York Council s parking enforcement officers are already offered CCTV badges for their personal protection, which are worn on a voluntary basis. A spokeswoman for CYC said most officers chose to wear them and use them on a frequent basis, but there had still been nine incidents of verbal or physical assault on officers in York since January 2014. A report before the Harrogate council's sustainable transport meeting said there had also been six incidents of verbal abuse and threats, which were serious enough to be reported to North Yorkshire Police, with warnings, cautions, a fixed penalty notice and prosecutions carried out. The equipment - which includes 23 cameras - would cost 9,100, which would be jointly funded by Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven and Selby District Councils, and would be issued to Parking Civil Enforcement staff who work alone, often in remote areas. The report said: "Parking enforcement is a necessary activity to assist with traffic management and adherence to parking regulations. "However, it is an emotive subject and staff involved in issuing Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are involved in potentially confrontational situations on a daily basis and are, unfortunately, subject to abuse when carrying out these duties. "Incidences of verbal abuse, threats and physical abuse have increased in recent years and, whilst we have robust training, support and reporting mechanisms in place, action by the police is sometimes hampered by a lack of evidence. "The benefits of these cameras, particularly with regard to acting as a deterrent, have been discussed with a number of Local Authorities who have seen a significant reduction in incidences of verbal and physical abuse as well as false allegations of misconduct against staff." The report said: "Whilst most of the public are courteous and understand the need for parking enforcement, there is a worrying increase of incidents against council employees carrying out this function.

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