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9th January 2017
Welcome to the first edition of 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
In this issue, Hampshire’s fire chief has been put through his paces with an immersive scenario that featured terrorist attacks, derailed trains, multiple fatalities and hundreds of people unaccounted for.
As well as the train explosion the exercise also included attacks at East Cowes and Plymouth where festivals were being staged and thousands looked set to be stranded.
Cleveland Fire Brigade have returned from Zimbabwe where they ran courses and demonstrations on firefighting, incident command, road traffic accidents, breathing apparatus and fire safety.
We have the fascinating story of George Arthur Roberts, one of the first black men to serve in the British Army and in the London Fire Brigade. He was honoured by the Fire Brigade in a blue plaque ceremony in September.
Firefighters all over the country have been up to some very creative things for charity.
Stockport firefighters completed an 8,848 metre ladder climb, the equivalent in height to Mount Everest! West Midlands Fire and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew ran (in full kit) for a total of 25 hours between them.
All of this plus our usual round up of news, technology and work moves.
Welcome to Octobers edition of The Burning Issue.
Kent Fire and Rescue staged the rescue exercise ‘Night Train’ bringing together the South East Coast Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (SECAmb’s HART), the British Red Cross and the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) in a scenario where a four carriage train packed with commuters had collided with a car.
You can read the full coverage on pages 10 and 11.
We also have the fascinating life story of Oliver John Thomas, courtesy of Graham Jansen who emailed me the fateful tale of how he unearthed the London Firefighters forgotten story along with all of his research.
Two of Hampshire’s finest firefighters are featured for two very inspirational stories.
Katie Cornhill, an ex-marine and current firefighter shares the story of her transition and experiences in the fire service as well as her work as a transgender equality champion.
Firefighter Charlie Quinn who boxes in the light heavyweight division is turning pro, thanks to a few words of encouragement from a boxing legend; read his story on page 14.
We also have our usual round up of News, Technology and Charity for you to enjoy!
Welcome to the latest edition of The Burning Issue, where Hampshire are pioneering a new approach to firefighting in the UK.
The SAVE strategy, which stands for ‘scan, attack, ventilate, enter’ is a new approach overseen by Assistant Chief Officer Andy Bower which includes greater use of state of the art thermal imaging camera’s to locate and assess a fire before entering the building. This new strategy will revolutionise the way Hampshire work and they are hoping this new approach will be adopted by other counties.
You can read the in depth explanation about SAVE by Hampshire Fire and Rescue service on pages 24-25.
Hampshire have also been busy, receiving visitors from the USA. A team of firefighters from Oregon arrived to learn some new techniques and study the services approach to wildfires and major incidents. Their visit follows Hampshire’s trip to Oregon last year where they were a part of the team that battled a 75,000 acre wildfire, the largest burning in the country at the time.
Two Taunton Firefighters have received nominations for the British Heart Foundation Heart Hero Awards. Phil Musgrove and Richard Flavin have trained over 2,659 members of the public on how to administer CPR and the effective use of a public access AED.
Welcome to Aprils edition of The Burning Issue.
The past few months you have been up to all sorts of wonderful, brave things for charity.
In this issue alone we have firefighters carrying a giant ladder in full kit for 13 miles, a duo who are set to cycle across Costa Rica over ten days, and a firefighter who is set to row 2,700 miles across the world’s largest ocean with his childhood friend.
We have the wonderfully inspiring story of ten year old Andrew Impey, who is such a big fan of the fire service he has turned his bedroom into fire station! Andrew has visited over 500 fire stations in little more than a year; his epic journey so far has raised £600 for The Firefighters charity and attracted attention from fire services across the globe. If you would like to help Andrew reach his target Text OLACA99 £2 to 70070.
This issues cover stars are The National Resilience team from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who recently hosted two simultaneous disaster scenarios; the exercise was named Paradise City, providing training in handling major incidents.
Group manager Paul cross summed up the importance of these live exercises perfectly: “Days like these make me realise how important and how excellent our teams are in the UK. We train and prepare on a regular basis and we provide the best possible service to our communities.”
Welcome to the very first edition of 2016! Just before Christmas, storm Desmond devastated parts of the UK, causing record breaking floods and claiming the lives of three people.
Firefighters from all over the country responded to assist the worst hit areas, rescuing people trapped in their houses, helping clear up debris, providing support to make structures safe and boarding up buildings.
A scheme in Shropshire is helping to transform the lives of dyslexic fire and rescue staff. The scheme has been organised by the fire services Equality and Diversity Officer Natalie Parkinson and has been such a huge success, a film has been made in the hope of inspiring other employers and raising awareness of dyslexia in the workplace.
Jenny Blackhurst, an admin assistant at Shrewsbury Headquarters has just released her debut novel ‘How I lost you’ a crime thriller which has hit the number one spot on the Amazon Best seller list.
Colleagues have been snapping up copies of the book praised on Amazon as a “brilliant, compulsive, thought provoking thriller,” which keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
Welcome to the last edition of 2015 (how quickly it has come around!). Firefighters all over the country have been up to some fascinating things the past few months. Some of you lead very interesting dual lives! This issue alone we have a firefighting, bodybuilding Beauty Queen and fashion designer/firefighter setting alight the world of men’s footwear.
Early June saw the 15th National Training and Development Weekend with Women in The Fire Service; the event is set to return to The Fire Service College next year, where delegates can take part in an array of excellent workshops such as multi incident scenarios, interactive road safety experience and emotional intelligence, coaching and wellbeing.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service held their fifth annual Emergency Services Day and saw a record number of visitors attend the event at the Trafford Centre despite the rainy weather. Visitors watched live displays from the Fire Service, played games and experienced fingerprinting in the CSI tent.
This edition we have two inspiring stories about cross partnership in the Fire Service and how this has impacted communities for the better. Merseyside and Cheshire have reduced accidental fire dwelling fatalities by 50% over the last decade and are now working with health and social care partners to further reduce the numbers.