Boxing Charity Match In Memory of ‘Little Alfie’ In aid of The Brain Tumor Charity

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A Life Worth Living: Young Onset Dementia Event 2014

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Clash of The Titans Charity Match In aid of The Stacey Mowle Appeal

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Fire Safety Advice During Industrial Action

The strike action will take place Thursday 10th July 10.00am until 7.00pm. This period of strike action will see HWFRS operating a reduced service.

Adrian Elliott, Group Commander of HWFRS said

“We are encouraging motorists and residents to take extra care during the strikes when there will be reduced fire cover. Not all of our firefighters are members of the Fire Brigades Union which means some stations will be working normally but people should be aware that it may take us a little longer to respond to calls in some instances”.

“During the firefighter strikes, we want people to be clear about what to do in the event of a fire. The most important point they need to know is that they will still get an emergency response and they should not be tempted to tackle fires themselves.”

He continued:

“General fire safety messages that we promote throughout the year become even more crucial at times of strike action. An early alert to a fire in your home is just as important for avoiding injury and damage to property, and we would also like to remind people to install a smoke alarm on every floor of their home and to test each alarm is working on a weekly basis.”

He also encouraged people to plan an escape route and to make sure everyone in the house is aware of it.

Other fire safety messages to consider are:

Close inside doors at night to help prevent a fire from spreading.

Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out.

Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended.

Do not overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring or cables.

Don’t tackle a fire yourself. Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.

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Charity Summer BBQ In aid of MacMillian Cancer Support

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CFO Urges Caution After FBU Reveals Further Strike‏

Peter Dartford, Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, has again called for people to take extra care following the announcement of a further Fire Brigades Union strike.

The national union has called industrial action running from 10am until 7pm on Thursday, July 10.

It will run directly alongside a strike being held by other public sector workers.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said:

“I would reiterate previous calls for extra vigilance during the forthcoming strike. The FBU has announced that it will strike alongside other public sector unions on July 10 meaning that many local government services will be affected.

“As before, we will be putting contingency plans in place to provide the best possible emergency response cover for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. However, I would urge residents to be aware that our emergency response capacity will be reduced and, therefore, it will not be business as usual. Ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order and take extra care while at home and on the roads.”

Fire Control will answer all 999 calls and provide an emergency response to all life-threat incidents. However, the Service will not be able to respond to every incident.

It will be the ninth round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

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Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ Programme Proving to be a Success

Thirteen young people have completed the first Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ programme that was in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The pioneering project helped young people to experience different aspects of the Fire Service, improve their soft skills and to establish and sustain a positive outcome in volunteering, education, employment or training through further mentoring support.

This programme was delivered over five days at the Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters and involved workshops from Learning and Development, HR, Marketing and Communications, Prevent and Protect departments. The experience also involved attending local operational incidents and driving lessons with dual peddle cars.

At the end of the week the group had a celebration of success event where local employers and family got the chance to see what they had learnt over the 5 days.

James Hettihewa-Young, Service Programme Manager – The Prince’s Trust, said:

“The first week of the Get Started programme went extremely well. All of the young people gained some valuable work experience and got a flavour of what it is like to provide a vital emergency response service.

“The programme provides support to young people who may have difficult backgrounds and need support with their initial career steps. As a fire service, we are committed to providing a first class course for participants with the aim of making a real and positive difference to their lives.”

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Kingsway Community Fire Station July 12th 2014

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The Ainstry Le Grande Party In aid of York Teaching Hospital Charity

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Armed Forces Day – Once a Soldier Always a Soldier

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