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Young cadets ‘graduate’ at fire service ceremony

Dozens of South Yorkshire fire cadets have been honoured at a ceremony in Sheffield to mark their achievements.

More than 70 cadets, aged 13 to 17, were recognised in front of friends and family at the event at the fire service’s Handsworth training base.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue runs seven cadet schemes- at Birley Moor, Cudworth, Edlington, Elm Lane, Lowedges, Rotherham and Stocksbridge fire stations.

Cadets train at their respective stations once a week, learning firefighting skills and techniques from specially qualified instructors. They also play a key role at community events and take part in team-building days throughout the year.

Cadets also enrol on to the Routes 4 U education package, which covers the employability skills needed to work within the health and emergency services. Young people work towards a recognised qualification at the end of a 12 month course, with certificates for successful completion of the programme handed out at last week’s event.

Station manager Spencer Rowland, said: “Our fire cadets scheme has a long and proud history. Whereas it once gave young people an insight into a career as a firefighter, it has evolved to provide a much more rounded mixture of skills and training, including community work and exercises to build personal confidence and employment skills.

“South Yorkshire has one of the most successful fire cadet schemes in the country, so it is right that we recognise the achievements of our youngsters in this way.”

Sprinkler system saves resident from fire

A fire sprinkler system has saved an elderly resident in Sheffield following a fire at her home.

The recently installed system, at her house on Derby Street in Gleadless, activated after the owners mobility scooter caught fire and spread to the front of her home, allowing her to escape without serious injury.

The sprinkler extinguished the fire and limited the damage to the property. When fire crews arrived the fire was already under control, with the inside being relatively undamaged by fire.

The fire sprinkler system had been fitted as part of a ground breaking initiative by Sheffield City Council to improve fire safety to properties, supported by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR).

The installation of these types of systems is now mandatory in Wales and SYFR are actively promoting the use of this type of protection in all types of buildings to build resilience and safety into our community.

SYFRs Technical fire safety manager Amy Jenkinson, said: “The combination of working smoke alarms and a home sprinkler system reduces the risk of death from fire by more than 80%.

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

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “Fire safety is hugely important and we have invested heavily in this area. As well as sprinklers in some properties, we have been upgrading fire doors and installing safety measures such as smoke seals and heat detectors. All this is part of our £300million investment programme to upgrade our council homes.

“Incidents like this show just how important these fire safety measures are. I’m very pleased they made a difference and urge everyone to consider what fire safety they have in their own home.”

Firefighter running marathon in memory of son

One of our firefighters will be running the marathon of a lifetime, as he hits the streets for charity in memory of his teenage son.

 Nigel Clark, temporary Watch Manager at Cudworth fire station in Barnsley, will be running the 2016 London Marathon in memory of his son, Adam who died suddenly last year aged only 17.

 This will be the first marathon he has ever ran, and will be donating all proceeds to the British Heart Foundation.

 Adam was a healthy 16 year old who sadly suffered a Cardiac Arrest whilst at home in July 2014. His mum(Beth), sister(Rebecca) and Nigel gave CPR until the Paramedics arrived.

 Adam sustained a hypoxic brain injury due to lack of oxygen. He never regained consciousness and sadly passed away in February 2015.

 Nigel said: “The last 18 months have been a living nightmare for our whole family. Our son Adam was a lively and healthy 16 year old boy and we have been completely devastated by what has happened to him at such a young age. It has been just over a year since we lost him but the pain never really goes away. I hope to raise £2000 for the British Heart Foundation to go towards research to help others as that’s what Adam would have wanted.”

 Please visit his Just Giving page here<> to donate, ahead of the marathon on 24 April.

Rotherham fire cadets win second award

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Rotherham Fire Cadets have won the Young Leaders Annual Challenge for the second year running.

Police & Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings presented the award, as well as an additional £10 Amazon voucher for each cadet, kindly donated by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire John Holt.

The team was made up of nine youngsters who competed against Army, Sea and Police cadets. The competition was made up of five disciplines; Observation, First Aid, Memory, Problem Solving and Communication Skills.

During the observation challenge the cadets had to watch closely as firefighters performed an extrication, they then had to answer ten questions based on the process.

Station Manager in Community Safety, Spencer Rowland said: “This is a fantastic result for a group of really hard working and committed kids. It is an excellent achievement and a credit to their dedication as cadets to have won the award, not least for the second year running.”

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 service backing for hair straighteners safety drive

Beauty appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons are a major cause of house fires and dangerous burns, according to the latest research from Electrical Safety First. An estimated 650,0001 house fires in the UK have been caused by a straightener or similar device being left on.

To highlight the issue, Electrical Safety First, with the help of TV celebrity Fred Sirieix, is launching a new campaign today called ‘Pull the Plug’. This campaign is to remind grooming devotees to switch off their beauty appliances.

The findings of this research confirm that many of us are taking serious risks in our beauty regime: one in 12 women2 admit to having left their hair straighteners switched on at least once and almost half of women3 have panicked about leaving an electrical beauty device switched on when they’re out and about.

Emma Apter, Head of Communications at Electrical Safety First said:

“Our research shows that one in 12 women have left a beauty appliance switched on at some point or other, which is extremely worrying. Straighteners can reach temperatures of over 235° and can take up to 40 minutes to cool down. Considering that they reach temperatures hotter than a deep fat-fryer, there’s a very high risk of damage or fire if left near flammable materials.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to pull the plug on accidents caused by hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons. Switch devices off when you’ve finished using them, unplug them and leave them to cool on a mat or heat proof surface.”

Electrical Safety First research has found that people aged between 18 and 24 are particularly at risk. One in three people4in this age group has been burnt by an electrical beauty appliance. The research also shows that over 200,000 people in this age group have experienced a house fire caused by an electrical beauty appliance.

For more information visit or search the hashtag #PullThePlug.


“Neigh problem” say crews after firefighters praised for horse rescue

Firefighters have been reunited with a horse they rescued after it became trapped in its horse box by its legs.

Central white watch returned to meet the horse, called Nimrod, and its owner after a distressing incident back in January.

Nimrod had panicked and jumped over the jockey door in his horse box into a very small space with his back legs jammed over the top of a steel bar. His owner Colleen Eccles was unable to free him so a friend at the stables called the fire service to assist.

Firefighters were able to slowly remove the bar and rescue him from his ordeal. The crew have now been back to visit Nimrod to see how he is getting on, with Colleen using the visit as a chance to thank the crew for everything they did to save her beloved horse.

Crew Manager Jo Hoare said, “It was a challenging rescue as Nimrod is a large horse and was very scared and in pain from the position he was in. The crew worked together to release the bar. Luckily it was a happy ending and it’s been great to come back and see Nimrod in more normal circumstances.”

Owner Colleen Eccles said. “I can’t thank the firefighters enough, their brave and decisive efforts saved the life of my beautiful horse. They were amazing, despite the size and upset nature of Nimrod they safely cut him out of the terrible position he had got himself into.”

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue attends dozens of animal rescues every year. These fall under the 1,500 ‘special service’ incidents South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue attends each year, including freeing people from road traffic collisions, water rescues, flooding and lift releases. That’s on top of the thousands of house, property and smaller fires it also attends each year.

Next generation of GPs pitch ideas for closer working between fire and health service

The next generation of health practitioners have pitched ideas for how the fire service and doctors can work better together to improve wellbeing in South Yorkshire.

Dozens of University of Sheffield medical students were provided a placement opportunity with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to give them a practical insight into potential ties between the fire service and health bodies.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health students then presented their ideas for how the fire service could help to reduce demand on health services in South Yorkshire in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition.

The winning group came up with innovative ways in which the fire service can help to prevent falls, with one in three people aged over 65 in the UK experiencing a fall each year.

The group’s ideas included training fire service staff to identify fall hazards, setting up a referral pathway between the fire service and GPs and developing a mobile application which details practical steps people can take around the home to reduce their risk of falls.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Blunden, said: “We already carry out tens of thousands of home safety visits across South Yorkshire every year. Often, it is the unique skills and reputation of our staff which are the reason why the fire service is successful in interacting with high risk individuals, where other agencies may be less successful. So it makes sense that we use this contact to better support wider health outcomes in our communities.

“We were impressed by the enthusiasm of all the students in researching their ideas for how the fire and rescue service can contribute to local health outcomes, and were particularly impressed with the innovative approaches taken by the winning team.”

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 they can work better together to demand on health and social care systems and improve the quality of life of vulnerable people.

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 Royal National Institute for the Blind.

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.”

Fire safety advice for young carers

Young carers in Sheffield have received vital safety advice from the fire service.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue safety team delivered training at a specially arranged event at the National Emergency Services Museum.

Nine young carers from Sheffield attended the session, as part of a wider awareness event put on by Sheffield Young Carers. All the attendees were involved in looking after a family member with a physical or mental health issues, a disability or problems with substance misuse. This often includes helping with household chores, administering medication and caring for younger siblings.

Community safety co-ordinator Andy Hall, said: “These young people do an incredible job caring for loved ones, sometimes experiencing some quite complex health issues. They often exhibit a maturity beyond their years, taking on extra responsibility around the home.

“From a fire safety perspective, it’s therefore vital that we give them all the support we can to ensure they have all the knowledge they need to help prevent a fire in their home.”

Sheffield Young Carers is an independent charity that has existed in Sheffield since 1997, dedicated to supporting children and young people aged 8-25 who live in the city and provide care for one or more family members.

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