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18th April 2016
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.
Welcome to July’s edition of The Burning Issue. I hope you’re all enjoying the sporadic days of sunshine typical of the great British summer.
This Issue we take a look at the brave Firefighters who flew to Nepal to help the locals affected by the worst Earthquake the country has seen since 1934.
Parts of Nepal were completely devastated, the earthquake killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. Since their return firefighters have been raising money for the people of Nepal whose houses were completely destroyed.
Bryn the rescue dog is retiring after his extraordinary work in Nepal with handler Steve. His story is featured on page 18. We wish him a long and happy retirement filled with squeaky toys and dog treats! He’s certainly earned it.
UK Worker of The Year are calling upon the fire sector to enter this year’s competition. This year’s winner will have the luxury of being able to choose between a Kawasaki Ninja 300 and holiday vouchers up to the value of £5,000. This year’s winner will also have the chance to win £100K cash at Brands Hatch at the final British Superbike meeting in October, should he/she predict the top six riders placing of the final BSB race. Good luck!
This edition of The Burning Issue Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are collaborating with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on a project to help raise awareness of Prostate cancer. And in a strange twist of fate, whilst putting together this issue, the European Firefighters Unions Alliance are calling on the European Union to introduce tough new smoke toxicity regulations for construction materials, funding for further studies into the issue of fire fighters and work-related cancer and extra resources to improve health training for fire fighters; after studies have shown a high correlation of firefighters with cancer of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. You can read all about the plight of European firefighters affected with occupational cancer on page six.
Page 21 is all about the retirement of two exceptionally cute and hardworking fire detectives Saxon and Inca. Between them they have attended over 500 incidents and secured the convictions of many criminals.
We also have an article from London Fire Brigade that many of us in the office had a good giggle at. Check it out on page 19 and marvel at the weird and wonderful predicaments the public get themselves into.
We have our usual round up of news, charity and technology. If you have anything to add please do get in touch at Editor@TheBurningIssue.co.uk
Happy New Year from all of us here at The Burning Issue, here’s hoping 2015 brings a positive resolution to the strikes that have been prevalent in 2014.
This Issue we have coverage of the pension row and Ricky Matthews, the Firefighter and union official caught in-between Buckinghamshire Fire service and the FBU. Ricky was fired from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue after taking strike action between 31 October and the 4 of November.
Senior Fire Officer Martyn Long has made history by becoming the first member of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue to reach 50 years of service. He was honoured with a landmark long service medal by Chief Officer John Bonney.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has been awarded the ‘White Ribbon’ accreditation from the White Ribbon campaign; making it the first Fire and Rescue Service in the UK and in the world to achieve this status. The accreditation highlights the Service’s commitment to reducing and preventing domestic abuse across the South Wales area.
And Heliguy explain why drones are the future of firefighting and a safer, surprisingly cost effective solution.
All the best for 2015! I wish you all health, happiness and nice, quiet shifts!