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BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO HELP FUND SPRINKLERS IN HIGH RISE RISKS  (07/10) 

Bristol City Council has accepted the advice from the Avon Fire & Rescue Service to retrofit sprinklers to all the high rise residential buildings in the city.  The council is prepared to find the money for some of this work but it is calling upon central government to assist in providing the funding.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE: INVESTIGATIONS INTO SENIOR OFFICERS’ CONDUCT  (07/10) 

The investigation into the conduct of Stewart Edgar, the former CFO of Gloucestershire, has uncovered that he and other principal officers failed to keep a log of the use to which they were putting the cars provided by the fire authority. Furthermore, it has been made public that some of the journeys made in the cars were for private and personal purposes and nothing to do with the fire & rescue service.  Some of these trips were to destinations as far from Gloucestershire as Scotland.  

Mr Edgar was forced into early retirement when an investigation began recently into his involvement in the way that a car belonging to the FRS was sold to him for a price much below its market value.

It’s official; the staff at Jubilee House are “OUTSTANDING”  (29/09)

The Care Quality Commission has recently carried out an inspection of the therapy centre run by the FIRE FIGHTERS CHARITY at Penrith.  The centre is called JUBILEE HOUSE.  The CQC has given the centre the highest possible grading of outstanding in the inspection report.  Such a grading is hard won and reflects well on all members of staff.

DEATH OF ERNEST TAYLOR  (25/09)

With much sorrow the death of ERNEST (“Ernie”) TAYLOR is announced.  Ernie died in hospital on 20th September 2019. He was 76.  The condolences of this Association have been passed to Ernie’s widow, Marion, and everything possible will be done to support her through her grief.  Ernie served as a retained member of Wiltshire Fire Brigade at Royal Wootton Bassett for many years, rising to become the station commander before he retired.

The funeral was held on Monday 14th October 2019, at North Wilts Crematorium.

DEVIZES TOWN BAND & WRFA REMEMBRANCE EVENT  (22/09) 

Our Association is indeed fortunate to have enjoyed support from DEVEIZES TOWN BAND on many occasions and the band will again be adding their musical contributions to the REMEMBRANCE EVENT on the afternoon of 9th November 2019.  The band will be performing under the baton of their Musical Director, Sharon Lindo, who must take much of the credit for the way the band has progressed since she joined it.  

Last date for booking is 1st November.  Booking form is available on our website.   Go to SOCIAL EVENTS page and click on the link.

GRENFELL; WILL FIREFIGHTERS BE PROSECUTED?  (18/09) 

The Metropolitan Police have made it known that they have interviewed thirteen members of London Fire Brigade under caution during their investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire. No decision on whether to bring charges will be made until the Public Inquiry has reported. This is unlikely to be for another few years.

FIREFIGHTER DIES ON TRAINING EXERCISE  (18/09) 

A 35 year old male firefighter serving with Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service lost his life during a training exercise on 16th September 2019. The incident occurred in coastal waters near Milford Haven. It is understood that two boats being operated by firefighters collided resulting in the tragic death.

The WRFA is sending a letter to the CFO asking for our condolences to be passed on to those bereaved.

PLAN MADE TO PAY COMMERCIAL ARM DEBTS  (09/09) 

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue authority has a commercial arm trading under the name ‘Red One’.  It has run into financial difficulties due to its poor trading performance.  It now owes the fire service £673,229.00.  

The fire authority has given the public an assurance that its plans to make cuts to the public service will not be used to pay off the debts accrued by Red One.  It has been announced that the fire authority does not intend making any further loans to Red One.

LFB CAMPAIGN “PHONE BEFORE FILMING”  (19/08)

The London Fire Brigade has launched a new publicity campaign aimed at curbing the growing tendency for people who discover a fire to start filming it on their smart phones before dialling 999 to report the emergency. The Brigade has also expressed irritation at the way that many of those doing the phone/filming stand around and do nothing to assist the emergency services.

The message at the heart of the campaign is call 999 before you take film and photographs. No one should assume that somebody has already alerted the Fire Brigade.

DEATH OF DAVID JONES  (28/07)

The sad news has reached us that DAVID JONES passed away peacefully on 21st July 2019 at Miranda Care Home in Royal Wootton Bassett.  That particular home specialises in caring for patients with dementia.

Dave was a member of the WRFA but sadly allowed his membership to lapse several years ago.  He and his two brothers served at Marlborough.  His widow, Jean, is being sent our condolences.  The funeral was held at the North Wilts Crematorium, Royal Wootton Bassett on Thursday 1st August 2019.

HOME SECRETARY APPROVES MERGER OF HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT FRSs (28/07) 

The Home Secretary has given formal approval to the merger of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service with the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service.  The amalgamation still has to go through Parliament but it is likely that this will only be a formality.

The two services already have a partnership agreement that allows the sharing of many resources including the CFO and Fire Control.  The date set for the merger to take effect is 1st April 2021.  There are 11 fire stations on the island.

NO CREW AT MERE FOR HOUSE FIRE  (28/07)

A serious fire broke out in a house at Mere on the late morning of 27th July.  The fire was only 300 metres from the fire station but the local fire appliance and crew were “off the run” because of a lack of crew.  Gillingham fire station provided the first attendance pump arriving in 12 minutes.  Additional help was given by Sherborne and Wincanton fire stations.

Dorset & Wiltshire FRS has used this event as a further boost to the attempts to recruit more ‘On Call’ firefighters in the town and elsewhere.