Public invited to have their say on fire service plans at community events

The fire service is holding public events where people can share their views on how it plans to deliver its services between now and 2020.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue does not propose making any further reductions in fire station or fire engine numbers in its plans, despite having lost more than £14 million from its annual budget since 2010.

But its proposals do include making more of its firefighters available in the day when crews are busiest, changing its prevention work to focus on those most at risk and proactively exploring collaboration opportunities with other emergency services.

Members of the public can share their views at the following events:

  • Sheffield: Wednesday 22 February 10am to 2pm, Moor Market
  • Doncaster: Wednesday 1 March 10am to 2pm, Frenchgate Centre
  • Rotherham: Wednesday 8 March 10am to 2pm, Parkgate
  • Barnsley: Tuesday 14 March 10am to 2pm, Alhambra Centre

People will also be able to pick up fire safety advice, including tips on making older friends, relatives and neighbours safer in their homes.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Martin Blunden, said: “We are not proposing any further significant changes to our core 999 service, beyond those outlined in previous plans. But the proposals we have outlined in this plan do explain how we intend to develop our service to become more efficient in what we do and make the biggest possible difference to those most at risk of fire.

“These are draft proposals and we really want to gather views from the public on the plans we have put forward.”

Members of the public can share their views on the plans between now and 27 March. Once the consultation period has ended and feedback has been considered, Fire Authority members will make the final decision on the proposals.

Click here read the proposals in full and have your say.

Fire service event to launch sprinkler safety fund

South Yorkshire housing providers are being asked to come to a free event to find out more about a fire service fund set up to support the installation of life saving sprinkler systems in high risk homes.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) is hosting the Think Sprinkler event in a bid to explain to landlords, charities and social housing organisations the benefits of installing sprinklers to protect their tenants from fire.

Business fire safety officers will also explain how organisations can apply for funding under the Fire Authority’s Stronger Safer Communities Reserve. Money has been set aside from the Authority’s reserves to support sprinkler projects on a match funded basis.

Head of prevention and protection Steve Helps, said: “The combination of working smoke alarms and a home sprinkler system reduces the risk of death from fire by more than 80 per cent.

“Automatic fire sprinklers are most effective during the initial stage of a fire occurring, as a properly installed sprinkler will detect the heat, initiate an alarm and activate just moments after the flames appear.

“I would encourage local housing providers to attend this free event to find out more about the potential funding opportunities available to them to help make their most vulnerable residents safer from fire.”

SYFR has pioneered the use of sprinklers in high risk residential settings, leading a UK first project to retrofit an automated system at the Callow Mount block of flats in Gleadless. That scheme is now internationally recognised for the improved safety it offers the people living within the building.

It has also worked alongside Sheffield City Council to make more than 540 properties in the city safer by installing lifesaving sprinkler systems at council owned flats in Gleadless Valley, Westfield, Stannington and Netherthorpe. This project was another UK first.

The installation of sprinkler systems in new build homes is now mandatory in Wales and SYFR is actively promoting the use of this type of protection in all types of buildings to build resilience and safety into local communities.

The Think Sprinkler event takes place at SYFR’s training centre in Handsworth, Sheffield on 11 January. To book your place email BFSCenSupp@syfire.gov.uk with SSCR SPRINKLER FUND in the subject line.

For more information on sprinkler systems, visit http://www.syfire.gov.uk/business-advice/fire-sprinklers/

The funding application form can be downloaded here. The closing date for applications is 10 March.

Barnsley young people ‘pass out’ after fire service course to tackle anti-social behaviour

A group of young people in Barnsley have taken part in a ‘passing out’ event, after completing a five day course aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the town.

The 11 youngsters from Netherwood ALC and Kirk Balk Academy, aged 13-16, took part in the Achieving Respect and Confidence (ARC) project, a joint initiative between South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and other partner agencies.  The project was funded by Barnsley South Area Council.

The ‘passing out’ event took place at Barnsley fire station and saw the young people carrying out displays in the station drill yard to start off the presentation. The event was attended by the youngster’s family and friends as well as local dignitaries.

The project was aimed at highlighting the consequences of anti-social behaviour and to provide an intensive multi-agency work experience course, self-discipline, team spirit, fire safety awareness, life skills and values which will improve the life chances of the young people involved who have either offended, are at risk of offending or have been victims of crime.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Arson Reduction Officer Simon Brookes said:  “The course was a great success for everyone involved, which was down to the hard work of the students and instructors. This was a joint initiative with partner agencies to encourage these young people to think about their behaviour and through discipline and teamwork, make positive choices towards improving their life chances.”

Birley Moor fire station officially opened

A new multi-million pound fire station in Sheffield has been officially opened.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Talib Hussain formally unveiled the new Birley Moor fire station.

The new £3.5 million building built by BAM Construction Limited helps to provide first-class emergency fire cover to the south and east of Sheffield, covering a far greater area of South Yorkshire than the former, part-time station at Mosborough, right on the Derbyshire border, was able to.

Birley Moor fire station houses one full time and one part time fire engine, plus some specialist vehicles. It started receiving its first 999 calls in July 2015 and confirms the service’s commitment to providing the best possible emergency response service to the people of South Yorkshire.

The station boasts a number of environmental sustainability features and is also a community facility, with a room available for use free of charge by local community groups, charities and other third sector organisations.

White watch firefighters used the station’s training tower to perform a demonstration in front guests, who included teachers and pupils from nearby Birley Primary School.

Speaking at the event Chief Fire Officer James Courtney, said: “The financial pressures the fire and rescue service faces are both well documented and unprecedented. But this is the second fire station opening I have attended in recent weeks and the facilities both at Parkway station and here at Birley Moor are the best possible physical reminder of the fact that despite the challenges we face we remain absolutely committed to supporting our future.”

Fire Health Conference to take place in Sheffield

A major event will explore the opportunities for the fire and rescue service to support health provision in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is hosting the inaugural Fire & Health Conference South Yorkshire on Tuesday (16 February) at our training and development centre in Handsworth.

It will bring together decision makers from across the health, social care, community and voluntary sectors locally to highlight the opportunities to use the FRS as an effective asset in supporting prevention work and enhance health and wellbeing provision for the communities we serve.

Nationally, fire and rescue services, NHS England, Public Health England, the Local Government Association and other partners, including Age UK, have been working together to explore how our collective organisations can encourage and deliver local action to reduce demand on health and social care systems and improve the quality of life of vulnerable people.

Head of prevention and protection Steve Helps, said: “The role of this conference will be to determine what this means for local authorities, health bodies and the third sector in our region.

“Current collaborations in South Yorkshire include a range of health related programmes and projects, from co-responding with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, through to several preventative activities with third sector organisations, like Alzheimer’s Society and RNIB.

“At a time when our budget continues to be squeezed and fires and other emergency incidents are falling, it will also seek to highlight the value the fire service can add beyond our traditional duties.”

Princes Trust taster day at Barnsley fire station

Do you live in the Barnsley area?
Are you 16-25?
Are you unemployed?
Would you like a challenge?

The fire service is looking for young people to be part of our Prince’s Trust Team Programme in 2016.

Join us for our taster day at Barnsley fire station on 8 January from 10am to 2pm.

Please confirm you attendance by contacting John on 07769887249 or jdaley@syfire.gov.uk

What is the Princes Trust Team Programme?

From the 18 January 2016 we will be working with Princes Trust  to deliver the Team Programme from Barnsley (Broadway) Fire Station.

Team is a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week, working with 16-25 year olds with an emphasis on  people leaving care, young offenders, educational underachievers and the long term unemployed.

We will be using all the available resources of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and experienced outdoor instructors to develop awareness and ability to work and deal with other people.

Please take a look at the programme and see if it something that you may be able to use. We will be looking at recruiting 15 students per 12 week programme.

Maltby station open day

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

10am – 4pm

Maltby fire station – High Street, Rotherham, S66 8LA

Activities include:

• Road safety vehicles (Subaru & motorcycle)
• Driving simulator
• National Emergency Services Museum
• Fire engines & Turntable ladder to look round
• Live bands
• Bouncy castle
• Face painting
• Information stalls
• Refreshments

and much much more

(activities may be subject to change)

Officers wash cars for charity

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue officers will be washing cars for charity this Saturday to raise cash for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The event will be held at Lakeside Village Shopping Centre in Doncaster from 10am to 4pm.

Why not nip along and get your car washed in exchange for a donation for this worthy cause, which supports injured firefighters and their families?

Station Manager Steve Adams said: “We are appealing for members of the public to support this event and to bring their cars along for a quick spruce up to help raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity which is very close to all our hearts.”

Business people meet fire crews in Barnsley

Tankersley firefighters joined forces with our Technical Fire Safety team for an event targetting businesses in Barnsley.

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Chamber means business’ event saw hundreds of South Yorkshire business people congregate at Wentworth Woodhouse.

We spoke to businesses face-to-face about issues such as sprinklers and their obligations under fire safety legislation.

We attend more than 500 fires in commercial buildings each year.

Read more business safety advice here

Firefighters to hold charity car wash

Firefighters across South Yorkshire will be washing cars over the coming weeks as part of a national charity event.

The event is aimed at raising money for The Fire Fighter’s Charity, which supports injured firefighters and their families.

Car wash events will be held at the following stations:

• Barnsley Station, Broadway, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 6RA – Sunday 13th – 11am onwards

• Aston Park Station, Worksop Road, Aston, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S26 2FZ – Saturday 12th 10:30am onwards

• Dearne Station, Manvers Way, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S63 5DN – Saturday 12th – 10am to 2pm

• Maltby Station, High Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S66 8LA – Sunday 20th from 11am onwards

• Birley Moor Station, Moor Valley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S20 5FA – Saturday 12th – 10am to 4pm

• Central Station, Eyre Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 3FG (for sat nav use S1 3HU) – Saturday 12th – 11am onwards

• Elm Lane Station, Elm Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S5 7TU – Saturday (12th) morning till 1pm

• Lowedges Station, Lowedges Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S8 7JN – Saturday 12th – 11am onwards

As well as washing cars, firefighters will also be on hand to offer road and fire safety advice, along with promoting their free Home Safety Checks.

Station Manager Steve Adams said: “Not only will members of the public drive away with nice clean cars, but our firefighters will also be offering safety advice, whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.”