November 2020 eNewsletter - FiRELiNK

Friday, October 30, 11:30 AM

Welcome to the November edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Station Manager Andy Gray with the Tyresafe Emergency Services Award 2020Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wins National Road Safety Award

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has won the Emergency Services award in the Tyresafe Awards 2020.

Tyresafe is a national charity promoting the importance of tyre safety for UK motorists.

The Service was recognised for its new tyre safety prevention activity which has been incorporated into its Firefighter and Community Safety Apprenticeship Scheme during 2020. The tyre safety initiative aims to encourage a driver mentality to regularly self-test their tyres.

The methods the Apprentices used to engage with drivers included organising a tyre safety event at the Sadler Road site in Winsford. Free tyre inspections were offered to staff, contractors and visitors, providing safety advice and highlighting issues related to air pressure, condition and tread depth.

Find out more - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wins National Road Safety Award

Churchill MansionsCheshire Fire Authority thanked for part-funding installation of sprinklers at Runcorn tower block

A housing provider has thanked Cheshire Fire Authority for part-funding the fitting of potentially life-saving sprinklers throughout one of its biggest properties.

Flats and communal areas at Churchill Mansions, a 12-story high-rise building in Runcorn, are now fitted with sprinklers for protection from the danger of fire.

The majority of the work to install sprinklers throughout the tower block in Cooper Street was completed by August and Halton Housing has now received a £36,000 grant from Cheshire Fire Authority to help pay for the retro-fitting project.

Find out more - Cheshire Fire Authority thanked for part-funding installation of sprinklers at Runcorn tower block

Warning issued after residents suffer flash burns from garden firesWarning issued after residents suffer flash burns from garden fires

Firefighters are warning residents about the dangers of using petrol to burn garden waste following a number of incidents across Cheshire.

The warning comes after a number of incidents where people suffered flash burns when using petrol or diesel to help start garden fires.

One of the most recent incidents involved a man in Neston.

He used petrol to help start a fire in his garden. Vapour from the fuel also ignited, resulting in him sustaining serious burns to his legs, body and hands.

Find out more - Warning issued after residents suffer flash burns from garden fires

Could you be a paid on-call firefighter?


We are recruiting for paid on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Birchwood, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Malpas, Nantwich, Northwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Stockton Heath, Tarporley and Winsford Fire Stations.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren't necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.

Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.

Find out more - On-call firefighter recruitment

Cheshire Fire Santa Slog Cheshire Fire Santa Slog

Join the Cheshire Fire Santa Slog this year in the run up to Christmas in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

This Christmas event is open to anyone and everyone. £15 entrance fee per team (all funds go to The Fire Fighters Charity), with a maximum of five members per team (pets can also be included within the five or as additional team members).

Find out more - Cheshire Santa Slog

Is your chimney ready for the winter?

With the arrival of the colder, winter months, people have begun to start  using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you  burn, and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in  their home.

Find out more - Get your chimney ready for the winter

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Last updated: Monday 30 November 2020