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Issue 57 - July 2018

Issue 57 - July 2018

23rd July 2018

This issue Hampshire Fire & Rescue unveil a dazzling mural a Hampshire fire station as part of a historic event to launch Black History Month. The mural is the first of its kind in the UK the month has been officially launched at a fire station.

An Aberdeenshire firefighter who provides life-saving intervention work at disaster sites across the World will return to Nepal in November to begin training Nepalese firefighters to carry out their own safe and effective urban search and rescue operations. Watch Manager John Aitchison heads up fire service charity Operation Florian in Scotland. John is a retained firefighter, but also works as a trainer, specialising in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) work at the SFRS’s Training Centre in Portlethen. Joining John on his trip will be a trio of Dundee-based firefighters and UKISAR experts, Watch Manager Daniel Gall and firefighters Steven Adams and Jed Smith.

Also in this issue, Emergency services from Cheshire and Greater Manchester descended on the soon to be opened A555 link road in Cheadle to role play their response to a major incident. On the day volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service took to their posts in cars, minibuses and by a moped so that emergency services could test their skills in working out how to rescue safely, and treat those involved.

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23/04/2018 | Issue 56 April 2018


Issue 56 April 2018

This issue a back-packing West Midlands firefighter coordinates the rescue of a woman who fell 40 metres into the crater of an active volcano.

John Conway, who’s based at Highgate Community Fire Station in Birmingham, was on a sunrise trek to the top of Mount Batur on the Indonesian island of Bali when the early-morning drama unfolded, read all about it inside!

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Constabulary are among the launch partners for a new programme by LGBT charity Stonewall aiming to create better allies for trans people. Both services are leading the way in jointly delivering an innovative one-day programme in-house.

Two colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have been recognised for their contributions to supporting mental health in the workplace in the last week. Wayne Norris and Paul Brunt were presented with an NHS Heroes award on behalf of the Our Blue Light.

Matt Tee, Chief Executive of the Independent Standards Organisation has written an informative guide to helping bereaved families in the aftermath of a tragedy. Find out what you can do if you are worried about press behavior!


22/01/2018 | Issue 55 January 2018


Issue 55 January 2018

This issue focuses on all of the amazing things you achieved in the last year, from Kevin ‘Jasper’ Taylor who has picked up three awards for his tireless fundraising over the years, to the two brave firefighters deployed to Bangladesh to help with the diphtheria crisis.

You’ve been breaking records for charity, running seven marathons in seven days, learning sign language and building schools in Nepal, on top of fighting fires and rescuing people. Do you lot ever rest? 

Page 12 features a fascinating piece written by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rob Davis of Avon Fire and Rescue Service about how traditional community resilience can be supported and developed further by empowering local communities and tackling vulnerability.

Alex Johnson has beat off competition from a strong field of candidates on page 22 to secure the position of Assistant Fire Chief at South Yorkshire, while page 19 sees Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue celebrating their partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2013 they have been working to reduce the risk of fire for people living with mental health needs and improve fire safety awareness.

All of this and our usual round up of News, Charity, Technology and Work Moves.


16/10/2017 | Issue 54 October 2017


Issue 54 October 2017

This year Hampshire Fire Station celebrated five different faiths in a move which united their diverse community. The station works hard to build good relationships with the public and are passionate and proactive about inclusivity. Watch Manager Tim Harrison, who helped organise the celebrations, said: “These events are great opportunities to really reach out to residents. It has given us the chance to show that our job is not just about fighting fires - being at the heart of the community is what we are all about.” 

It is evident to me that this is how many of you feel about your jobs, every issue we read about the bravery and kindness of firefighters and the fantastic job you are all doing protecting and educating communities.

This issue alone you’ve been teaching lifesaving skills as part of restart a heart day, delivering convoys of equipment to Romania and dressing in tutu’s to raise money for cancer research! Of course you’ve also been fighting fires on the side! (honestly where do you find the time though?) After all your hard work this year (and the work yet to come) I sincerely hope you find some time to relax with your loved ones over the holidays. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 



10/07/2017 | Issue 53 - July 2017


Issue 53 - July 2017

Here at The Burning Issue we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims and the first responders on scene.

In response to this devastating incident London Fire Brigade have launched a vital campaign calling for the safety of whitegoods, this means tighter safety laws for manufacturers.

There is no single, government supported re-call register that currently exists. Instead consumers must either check individual manufacturer's websites or use a voluntary service, such as the Electrical Safety First recall register .

London Fire Brigade want any product under recall anywhere in the world, which is also sold in the UK, to be included on the UK recall register.

At the moment, if a product is recalled due to a fault in another country, and you own exactly same model in the UK, the manufacturers don't have to send out a recall notice in the UK.

Please join the campaign online at www.london-fire.gov.uk/total-recalls/what-we-are-calling-for.asp it doesn’t take long to register and save lives.


10/04/2017 | Issue 52 - April 2017


Issue 52 - April 2017

This issue is all about animal rescue and the innovative methods used by brigades all over the country.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Animal Rescue Manager Jim Green, helped develop ground-breaking techniques that saved the lives of thousands of animals and won the team an international reputation.

Cambridgeshire have been training firefighters how to use oxygen masks for pets, thanks to the charity ‘Smoky Paws’ and South Yorkshire fire service helped the oldest Polar bear in the country.

We also have a very interesting feature about a Hampshire firefighter who had no idea when he booked a romantic trip with his girlfriend that he would be embarking on a long-term relationship of a different kind.

As always, you lot have been up to some very interesting things in the name of charity; a mission to Nepal to deliver vital training, a fireman’s lift over hot coals and a firefighter who has completed twenty marathons in one year!

All this and our usual round up of News, Technology and Work Moves!


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Date: 21st November 2018

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