Two fires in Longton last weekend

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service BadgeFirefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue spent over 20 hours dealing with two fires in Longton over the weekend.

Firefighters from Longton, Hanley and Cheadle plus the aerial ladder platform from Longton were called to the former Premier Hair & Beauty shop on Market Street in Longton in the early hours of Saturday morning where there was a fire on the second floor.

Firefighters tackled the fire using main and hose reel jets.

Once the fire was extinguished a fire investigation was due to commence however due to the damage caused by the blaze, fire investigation personnel were unable to carry out a full investigation. Continue reading

Building fire in Longton

Parts of Longton town centre are closed off this evening as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service deal with a building fire on Caroline Street in the town.

The fire service received a call to attend the building used by printing company Times Square Limited just after 15:45 this afternoon. Continue reading

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue attend 63 grass fires in one week

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has re-launched its grass fires campaign to combat deliberately started grass fires and is reminding people that starting fires not only endangers lives but destroys Staffordshire’s natural beauty as well.

Since the launch of Flames Aren’t Games last week, the Service has attended 63 grass fires countywide, all started deliberately and some requiring over 30 firefighters to deal with the incident. Continue reading

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Pancake Warning

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take care when cooking their pancakes tomorrow for Shrove Tuesday.

More than half of accidental house fires are caused by accidents in the kitchen. Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said

Shrove Tuesday means fun in the kitchen for adults and children alike however the novelty and excitement of making pancakes often makes people less cautious with their cooking.

A common scenario involves families tucking into their delicious freshly made pancakes, forgetting that they have left their frying pan on the hob, burning away. If this does happen to you and the pan catches fire, switch off the heat, if it is safe to do so. Then get out, closing the door behind you and call 999.

We would urge people to check that they have turned appliances off when they have finished using them and never leave cooking unattended – stay in the kitchen until you are finished and then switch off the appliance you have used.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is launching its annual cooking campaign this month to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended. The campaign is supported by hard-hitting posters bearing the message ‘Look When You Cook.’

Fire At Queen of Hearts Public House Bucknall

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are reporting that around 30 firefighters are tackling a fire at the disused Queen of Hearts public house on Lillydale Road in Bucknall.

Crews from Hanley, Longton, Newcastle and Sandyford are in attendance as well as the aerial ladder platform from Longton and the control unit from Stone.

Three mains jets and a hose reel jet are currently in use to tackle the fire. The gas and electricity board have also been requested to attend to isolate the utilities.

Hanley Community Fire Station Official Opening Today

Hanley Community Fire Station will be officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley KCVO today.

As part of the officially opening ceremony, the four men who came to the aid of neighbours during a house fire in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent in December last year will also receive Chief Fire Officer bravery awards (see notes to editor).
Between them, the men rescued Christopher Maskery and four children from the burning property and will each receive certificates from Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford on Friday, October 28th.

The official opening of Hanley Community Fire Station ceremony seemed a fitting time to award the brave members of the community who helped save the lives of others during the tragic house fire on Housefield Road in December last year.

All four men acted with astonishing bravery that day and their main concern was not for their own safety but for the safety of their neighbours and that is not something we could overlook.

This station is not simply a brighter, shinier version of what we already had here”“ this is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays ““ something that local people are using for a range of activities.

We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future.

We’re delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to officially open the station in a ceremony that is set to capture the community spirit evident in Stoke-on-Trent.

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in July. The building has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. The station is crewed around the clock and 41 firefighters are based at the station.

Community and partner groups interested in booking the free community room facilities at Hanley, which seat up to 60 people, should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898760. Slots are available weekdays from 9am ““ 10pm and at weekends from 9am ““ 5pm.

Flames are not Games

Today Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new campaign to highlight the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires.

A press release reveals that the Service tends to see a dangerous increase in grass fires over the Easter Holidays which is put down to children and teenagers starting fires deliberately.

Last Easter, there were 215 grass fires across Staffordshire during the half term break. With 113 of those in the Stoke and Newcastle areas.

This year, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are hoping to educate young people about the dangers of starting fires deliberately and have designed a poster which will be distributed amongst school countywide. The poster has a firefighter on it and is entitled “ËœFlames Aren’t Games. Grass Fires Kill.’

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said: “Young people who start grass fires seem oblivious to the fact that they are endangering their own lives as well as firefighters.

“A grass fire can quickly spread and it does not take much for clothing to set on fire and before you know it, you have horrific burns which could claim your life.
“For every call we receive about a grass fire there could be a person desperately trying to get out of a burning building or trapped in a car crash in urgent need of our assistance.

“We work closely with partners to address the reasons for this type of crime and we hope by using role models, such as the footballers, we can educate young people about the dangers of playing with fire.

Contacts
To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp. For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

Fire Fighters Rescue Dog From Lake

Fire crews from Longton and Newcastle were called to Queens Park in Longton yesterday to rescue a German Shepherd which had fallen through the ice covering the lake.

Crews arrived at around 1130 to carry out the rescue operation using an inflatable walkway to reach the two year old dog and pull her to safety.

The dog was quite distressed and had been in the water for almost twenty minutes. Crews used the inflatable walkway to safely reach the dog before putting harnesses around her and guiding her onto the walkway so she could be led to safety. Thankfully none of the members of the public who witnessed the incident had attempted to rescue the dog themselves and had remained a safe distance away from the ice to await our arrival which was the appropriate thing to do. We’d also like to once again remind owners to keep their dogs on leads around water and ice.

Crews left the scene at 12.15pm after reuniting the dog with her owner.

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Fire Fighters Attacked

When firefighters on Hanley’s targeted response vehicle were sent to a rubbish fire in Shelton last night they were attacked by a group of youth throwing fireworks.

A crew on Hanley’s targeted response vehicle were sent to a rubbish fire next to the disused Bell and Bear Public House on Stoke Road, Shelton shortly after 6.30pm last night. When firefighters arrived and got off the appliance they were immediately attached by a group of over 20 youths who threw fireworks, stones and bottles at them and the vehicle.

The firefighters got back onto the appliance and had to delay their firefighting due to the attack. In fear for their own safety they requested assistance from the police and further fire crews, at which point the youths dispersed.

The attack was unbelievable. The crew that attended the emergency call are all dedicated professionals who are proud that they save lives and property in Stoke-on-Trent and so they are all angry and shocked that they were subjected to such a spineless attack, particularly in an area where we have good relationships with the local community.

This shameful and cowardly attack really does make us wonder what the perpetrators would think of their behaviour if their friends or family ever have the misfortune to need the help of the fire and rescue service in an emergency.

All of our appliances are fitted with CCTV cameras to protect our crews and we will be liaising with the police to try and catch the people responsible. I would urge anyone who has any information on this incident to contact Crimestoppers or the police.

None of the firefighters were injured however the paintwork on the vehicle has been damaged and some dents have been caused by the objects thrown. This attack comes exactly a week after firefighters crewing the same vehicle were attacked by youths in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent.

Anyone with information on either of the incidents is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Five Deliberately Set Fires Reported To Police

Fire crews from Hanley were called to five separate bin fires around the Tintern Street area of Hanley in the early hours of this morning.

The fires had all been started deliberately with the first being set at 12.05am, a second just 10 minutes later and a further three at 2.05am, 3.20am and 3.40am.

Crews spent a total of 79 minutes extinguishing the five fires and the incidents have been reported to Staffordshire Police.

The bins had been put out ready for refuse collection on Tintern Street, Eagle Street, Baflour Street and Waterloo Street by the various occupiers, however it appears the offender had moved the bins back closer to the properties.

It is likely these fires were set by the same person or people as they are all in a close proximity within a short time frame and of the same nature. Setting a bin on fire is an incredibly silly thing to do ““ you have no idea what is in that bin, it could explode, it could release toxic fumes and it can easily spread to nearby property or combustible materials.

Whoever did this put themselves in danger as well as the surrounding properties, it was an incredibly selfish thing to do without a thought towards the possible outcomes of doing such a dangerous thing.