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 Service featured in a book about Vanguard

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service BadgeStaffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been selected to feature in a book published today, entitled Public Services That Work Volume 2, the book focuses on applying the evidence-based ‘Vanguard Method’ approach to changing and improving the ways in which organisations operate.

Staffordshire is the only fire and rescue service to feature in the book, which includes eight case studies from various public sector organisations who have worked with Vanguard. 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.’

Longton Fire Station Set to be Rebuilt

Residents and the local business community are being invited to shape the future of Longton Fire Station.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is planning to rebuild the station on Uttoxeter Road. A consultation event is being held at the fire station on Thursday 27th January where attendees can contribute to discussions.

Longton is one of 11 fire stations that has been selected to be rebuilt under a £50 million private finance initiative (PFI) scheme. A separate, earlier PFI project is currently underway with ten fire stations being rebuilt.

[Station Manager, Andy Leedham said] “This is fantastic news for Longton and the surrounding areas. We are still in the early stages of planning this new station, but our vision for all of these new fire stations is to make them community embracing.

“We already have a brand new community fire station under construction in Hanley, Sandyford Community Fire Station opened a couple of months ago and Burslem Fire Station is currently undergoing refurbishment also.

“The consultation event will give the public and members of local organisations the chance to influence the shape of the new station with regards to its design and how it is used.”[/quote]

Partners, businesses and local residents are invited to attend sessions from either 3pm ““ 5pm or 6pm-8pm.
Longton firefighters, members of the Northern Service delivery Group and the PFI project team will be at the events and will be available to answer questions.

Interested parties who are unable to attend the event but would like more information regarding the development at Longton Fire Station should ring 01785 898671 or email pfiproject@staffordshirefire.gov.uk.

The 11 fire stations due to be rebuilt are: Longton, Stone, Burton-on-Trent, Chase Terrace, Codsall, Kinver, Lichfield, Leek, Penkridge, Ashley and Rugeley.

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 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. In an emergency dial 999.

Firefighters Issue Icy Roads Warning Across Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

With the cold snap set the continue and further snow fall predicted overnight and into the week, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging drivers to take extra care on the road.

Across the county, the fire service has attended 29 road traffic collisions in the past week, including early morning incidents when the roads are icy and visibility is restricted.

“During these icy conditions it’s really important for drivers to take their time and take extra care and try to stick to the main roads where possible. Make sure your vehicle is free from snow and ice, the windows are free from condensation and that you have adequate equipment, such as a scraper and de-icer, in the vehicle should it be required later in the day.

“Keep a safe distance away from the car in front of you and if conditions are treacherous it may be worth asking yourself if your journey is vital. If you are venturing out in poor driving conditions, make sure you have a warm blanket, some water and something to eat in the car as well as a fully charged mobile phone should you need to call for help.”

Out of the 29 road traffic collisions in the past seven days, nine took place over the weekend when the snow and ice was at its worst so far.

“Excessive speeds are in general a contributing factor in the majority of road traffic collisions, so it is essential that people re-evaluate the speeds they drive at when roads are icy.”

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 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. In an emergency dial 999.

Push the Button!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to check their smoke alarms on Thursday October 21st, on the day they have re-named: “ËœPush the Button Day.’

The Push the Button campaign is being driven by the fact that although nine out of ten household have smoke alarms a shocking seven out of ten don’t test them.

To raise awareness of the campaign the Service has recorded their own version of the Sugababes, number one hit single “ËœPush the Button.’ The new version by the “ËœSugaflames’ has an accompanying music video in which firefighters from across the County star.

“Want your family and home for keeps? You better push your button, check it bleeps, before you get a fire, through it creeps, takes your family while you sleep.”

The Service is confident the video will become a massive Internet hit and it can now be viewed on the Service’s website at: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk.

“We’re continually trying new and innovative ways to get the message out there, about the importance of having smoke alarms and checking them on a regular basis, but a lot of people still aren’t listening. Hopefully they will now after hearing this song and watching the video – you just can’t help but listen to the words and laugh at the video. If the message gets across as we hope, thousands of people across Staffordshire will be testing their smoke alarms this Push the Button Day.

“It doesn’t stop there though we’ll be continuing to promote this campaign in the coming months in an attempt to get people to make it a part of their weekly routine.”

Members of the public who need a reminder can sign up to the “ËœPush the Button Pledge’ which will send them a weekly email alert. To sign up visit Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website, www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk .

Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle firefighters will be out and about promoting the campaign around the City. The fist stop for Stoke firefighters is the Union Court Residents Association in Union Street, Hanley at 6.30pm on October 18th.

Newcastle firefighters will be in Newcastle on October 21st to promote Push The Button day, alongside Risk Reduction personnel, Newcastle Fire Station volunteers and the Targeted Response Vehicle from Newcastle. They will be the Roebuck Shopping Centre and The Guildhall in the town centre from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 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. In an emergency dial 999.

Tea Dance in the Town!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a “Ëœtea dance in the town’ on October 1st to celebrate Grandparents and UK Older People’s Day and to promote fire safety messages within the community.

The event will be held at the WRVS building in Charles Street, Hanley from 1pm ““ 3pm. Admission is £2 per person which includes a free raffle, tea, scones and dancing.

The Stoke Risk Reduction team will be dressed in comedy costumes, which older Stoke-on-Trent people will associate with “ËœOwd Grandad Piggott’ and “ËœMay and Mar Lady’ and be on hand to offer people fire safety advice. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will also be in attendance and joining in the fun.

“A main priority of ours in the approach to winter is fire safety amongst the elderly, in particular ensuring that our older members of the community have had their free Home Fire Risk Check.

“With the colder weather approaching, older people in particular will be getting out their electric blankets, using open, gas and electric fires and convector heaters, all of which can potentially pose a serious fire risk. Already this year we have had five fire deaths involving elderly people, four of these were during the winter months, which highlights the importance of reducing fire risks amongst older people. We will be on hand at the Tea Dance event to answer any questions anyone may have and offer free Home Risk Checks.”

The Tea Dance event is part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Older Person’s Campaign 2010. The aim of the campaign is to effectively promote fire safety for older persons, through encouraging older persons to be responsible for their own personal safety and for others to take care of older persons close to them or in the general community

A Home Fire Risk Check involves firefighters or a service technician visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All Firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and will travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.

Don’t be a dummy ““ know the dangers of smoking in cars

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be showing you how to avoid being a dummy next month – and cut down on your smoking into the bargain.

Two special “test dummies” will be helping with a demonstration at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium on Saturday 7 August to highlight the dangers of smoking in cars. Both were part of a study done in the West Midlands to find out the damage done to people travelling in cars by fellow passengers or the driver.

As part of the demonstration, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue will be filling a car with “safe smoke” to show how it can circulate quickly in an enclosed space, and how it can affect those travelling in the car. It has been estimated that smoking just one cigarette in a car, even with the window open, creates a harmful concentration of tobacco smoke. The largely invisible smoke, clings to the car’s upholstery, children’s car seats and passengers, putting people at risk of serious illnesses.

A recent study carried out in the West Midlands shows that people who inhale cigarette smoke while they are in a car, can inhale as much as three times the amount that would be considered safe to inhale over the course of a day. Even with the car’s windows or air conditioning on, it didn’t reduce it by a significant amount. The toddler sized dolls used in the study and the results from the research will be on display on the day, to highlight the effects of second hand smoke, in particular, the harmful effects on children.

Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for environment, waste management and neighbourhood services, said: “People may think that just because they have the windows open or the air conditioning on, then it’s ok to smoke or be with someone who is smoking, but in reality, it could have a serious effect on your long term health.

Claire McIver from NHS Stoke on Trent said: “Passive smoking in children and young people is a significant problem locally with over 50% of young people in Stoke on Trent exposed to other people’s tobacco smoke in the car, and around 1/3 in the home. It can lead to bronchitis, asthma, inner ear infections and even worsened behavioural problems and child development.

In addition children who are regularly exposed to smoking in their homes and cars are three times more likely to take up smoking themselves. The best thing you can do to protect others from the dangers of passive smoking is to make your home and car completely smoke free.”

As part of the demonstration, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue will also be flooding a car with “safe smoke” to show how it can circulate quickly in an enclosed space, and how it can affect those travelling in a car.

Firefighter Jim Taaffe from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “It is important that people are aware of the dangers of smoking whilst in the car, as not only can the smoke itself cause health problems but it is also a distraction to the driver.

“It is also important to bear in mind that other people smoking in your car could distract you just as easily and distractions whilst driving can lead to serious accidents.”

NHS Stoke on Trent is very keen to support initiatives like this. The Stoke on Trent Stop Smoking Service offers support to any smoker who wants to quit in a wide range of settings across the city. Stop smoking medicines (such as patches and gum) are available for the cost of a prescription (or free to those who don’t pay for prescriptions). For more information about free services available to you locally call 0800 085 0928.

Open Finances From Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service announced today that they have published details of their finances inline with the new transparency recommendations from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP.

This makes Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service the first fire service in the country to do this.

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer added, ‘We are fully committed to openness and transparency in all that we do and believe that we should respond to the Government’s wishes and make available as much information as we can as soon as possible. We will now publish details of all of our invoices paid, which total more than £500, on a monthly basis.’

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said, ‘We owe the people of Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire a great debt for the way they support their fire and rescue service on an ongoing basis. With this in mind, we are keen to make sure we give them all the information that we can to allow them to help us move forward.’

The information can be accessed in the About Us section of the Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service website, under “Our Finances.”