St Ives firefighters to provide a co-response in medical emergency calls

September 27th, 2016 by

Four qualified on call firefighters from St Ives Community Fire Station are to provide a co-response in life threatening medical emergency calls from Friday 9 September as part of a partnership with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

After months of training and preparation Paul Osborne, Ian Oliver, Mike Care and Steven Moore will take up their new duties as co-responders attending medical emergency calls in addition to their fire fighting duties.

SWASFT will identify the emergencies that are appropriate for the co-responders to attend and they will then be despatched within their local communities to provide care until an ambulance arrives. The co-responders have all been trained in basic life support procedures and the use of an automatic external defibrillator and oxygen therapy. It is thought they will respond to around 160 medical emergency calls a year.

Similar schemes have been running since 1999, serving the communities of St. Keverne, Mullion, St. Mawes, Helston and Polruan. The schemes help to ensure that prompt care can be given to patients having life-threatening emergencies in isolated areas. This is part of a wider programme of work across blue light partners to deliver collaborative projects throughout Cornwall.

The co-responders undergo training and assessment with SWASFT on a regular basis to ensure their skills remain up-to-date.

Paul Walker, Chief Fire Officer for Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, said: “We’re very happy to be expanding our work with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide additional critical medical emergency cover in St Ives and the surrounding area.  The Fire and Rescue Service has an important role in Cornwall’s health and social care integration plans as part of the Cornwall Devolution Deal. Working closely with our emergency service colleagues from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust supports our ‘One Public Sector’ approach to deliver efficient and improved services including emergency medical response to residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.”

Robert Horton, SWASFT Responder Manager, said: “Just a few seconds can make all the difference when it comes to saving someone’s life so this collaboration between SWASFT and the St Ives community firefighters not only appropriately makes use of available staff and resources, but helps deliver even better care to residents and visitors in St Ives by arriving in those valuable moments ahead of an ambulance.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “For 17 years the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service’s co-responders have been saving lives in our rural areas by looking after people until an ambulance is able to arrive on the scene.  These latest four recruits will provide an invaluable service to St Ives and the surrounding area.”

st-ives-community-fire-station-2Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Councillor for St Ives West, said: “I am very pleased to see the co-responders scheme being extended to St Ives Community Fire Station. The scheme has proved itself invaluable and it will make a big difference to response times in St Ives and the surrounding areas. We in St. Ives know the dedication of the volunteers who man our fire station and now after intense training they will be there again in the front line saving lives.”


Oxygen masks provide ‘pawsitive’ steps for pets safety

September 25th, 2016 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service have welcomed the arrival of new equipment which could help save the lives of family pets in the event of a fire. The specially designed pet oxygen masks have been provided by the not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws thanks to Pets at Home, who have paid for Smokey Paws to provide the kits for 75 fire stations across the UK.

pah_firedonation_img_5919The project with CFRCS was officially launched at Pets At Home, Camborne on Thursday 22 September. The kits will initially be carried on fire engines in Tolvaddon, Newquay, Padstow and St Dennis but it is hoped that masks will eventually be available at all CFRCS stations around the county.

Dr Julian Commons, Phoenix Services Manager, who has been leading the project for CFRCS said: “Having these masks are a great addition to the rescue equipment firefighters carry across Cornwall which will help to further enhance our current response. We are delighted to have the opportunity to now evaluate the benefits and use of the equipment which will help inform the possibility of rolling this equipment out across other community fire stations in Cornwall.”

Brian Lockyer from Smokey Paws said: “We are very pleased to be working with Pets at Home and we are thankful for their donation of the 75 sets of the Pet Oxygen Masks. We urge members of the public and other businesses to support our campaign and join us to get a set of the masks on each of the 3,000 fire engines in the UK.  Every pet deserves the best chance of survival and we know these masks save lives.”

James Heard, Store Manager at Pets at Home Camborne, said: “As a group that is passionate about the protection of pets, we are extremely excited to partner with Smokey Paws. We know that the apparatus will be put to good use and will help hardworking firefighters rescue pets and hopefully save lives.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Communities said: “I am extremely pleased to announce the arrival of these kits which will help save the lives of pets which for many people are part of their family. While our firefighters work hard to revive rescued animals using the equipment they already carry, these specially designed kits mean they will be able to give pets an even better chance of survival. We are grateful to Pets at Home for this kind and generous donation.”

Smokey Paws believes every pet deserves the same chance of survival as other family members do and is actively encouraging members of the public and businesses in Cornwall to make donations so that these pet oxygen masks are available at fire stations across the county.  Visit the website for more information or to make your donation or sponsorship pledge


Tackling the Supply of Illegal Tobacco and Alcohol in Cornwall

September 22nd, 2016 by

The Public Protection Service of Cornwall Council is celebrating three successful court prosecutions in the fight against illegal tobacco in Cornwall.  Firstly Ian James Whipp (59) of 4 Apondarose, Minorca Lane, Bugle, was sentenced to 260 days imprisonment after pleading guilty to nine charges relating to illegal tobacco sales at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 5 February 2016.

Following an investigation by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team, Mr Whipp pleaded guilty to 9 charges of trading in illegal tobacco products, which were brought under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

tobacco-haul-004Whipp had been stopped by police officers on two separate occasions in May and November 2015. On both occasions Whipp was found to be in possession of a quantity of tobacco products, both smuggled and non-duty paid.  Further evidence retrieved showed that Whipp was regularly selling the tobacco products to a large group of customers.  At the time that these offences were uncovered Whipp was already serving a suspended prison sentence for similar offences considered by the court in January 2015.

The magistrates took into consideration his “Extremely bad record” for this type of offence.  The suspended sentence was then activated and he was ordered to serve a custodial sentence of 60 days and an additional sentence of 180 days to run consecutively was added for the new offences.

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer for Cornwall Council said “We are extremely pleased with the sentencing. Ian Whipp is a prolific offender and we believe that nothing short of a prison sentence will stop his illegal trading.  We hope that his time in prison will give him opportunity to reflect and consider a new pathway on his release.” 

In the second case Samuel Brown (61) of 12 The Vineries, St Levan near Land’s End appeared before Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 August 2016 where he admitted being involved in the supply of illegal tobacco, evading Tax and obstructing Trading Standards Officers in the course of their investigation.

The Court heard that an investigation was launched by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards when text messages were found that showed Brown to be supplying tobacco to people who were known to sell through pubs and from their homes. An entry warrant was executed at Brown’s home address in January this year, 317 pouches of foreign hand-rolling tobacco, 8 mobile phones and £1,600 in cash were seized. Diaries and notebooks recovered also confirmed his distribution network.

Magistrates described the offences as serious, but gave Brown credit for admitting his guilt at the first opportunity. He was sentenced to a 3-month curfew with electronic tag, ordered to pay £1997 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge. Brown also agreed to forfeit the mobile phones, the tobacco and the cash seized during the search of his home.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities welcomed the penalties imposed: “This was not a case of prosecuting the man in the pub who offers cheap cigarettes and tobacco – this was the man who was supplying the man in the pub and several others like him.

Far from being a victimless crime, the supply of illegal tobacco poses a real threat to our local communities.  The low prices and absence of sales restrictions makes it easier for children to start smoking. The illegal products usually don’t carry the health warnings that serve to encourage smokers to quit, making it more difficult to reduce the rates of smoking-related disease and illness. Illegal sales of tobacco often attract other criminal behaviour and undesirable visitors to the area and honest retailers cannot compete with illegal tobacco sellers, causing local businesses and the Cornwall economy to suffer.”

Most recently, Derwin Hawke (69) of Flat 1 High Cross Street, St Austell also pleaded guilty to a series of charges on Friday 12th August 2016 at Bodmin Magistrates Court. The Court heard that Hawke had been observed selling illegal tobacco on a daily basis in the Wetherspoons pub in St Austell. Evidence recovered showed that Hawke sold 257 pouches (50g) of illegal tobacco in just one two-week period. Over the course of a year this equates to a turnover of £66,820. As a result the Court felt that the level of offending crossed the custody threshold. On the 9 September 2016 he was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 1 year and ordered to pay full costs of over £3,300.

A Partnership Approach: 

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer has successfully completed her Open University Certificate in Promoting Public Health. Liz leads our fight against illegal tobacco and alcohol and it is hoped that her new qualification will help build upon the great partnership work already in place with colleagues in the Public Health Service.

Smokefree Cornwall is an alliance of partners involved in all aspects of Tobacco Control incorporating Public Health, Trading Standards and Environmental Health within Public Protection, and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. The Alliance is currently working on the “Cornwall Tobacco Control Week 2016” bringing together all aspects of Tobacco Control for a week of action in Cornwall, focusing on Launceston.  The week will include advice and visits to residents and businesses, and will climax with a free family Fun-day on the 8 October at Coronation Park in Launceston, one of Cornwall’s newest Smokefree play parks.

Legal Notes:

The legislative framework in place to support the UK’s Tobacco Control measures is constantly evolving with the tobacco marketplace currently adjusting to Standardised packaging, which is being phased in until April 2017.

Proceedings in respect of illegal sales of tobacco can now be brought under a variety of legislation, including;

Customs and Excise Management Act 1979

The Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979

The Tobacco Products Directive 2016

The Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015

The Trade Marks Act 1994

There are three different types of illegal tobacco:

“Smuggled” are products that have been manufactured for direct supply to the black market, where no duty is paid in any country.

“Non-Duty paid” are products where duty has been paid in the country in which they were brought onto the market, but the product has then crossed borders without appropriate duty being paid in the country in which that are sold to the ultimate consumer.

Both these types of tobacco fail to show the appropriate written and pictorial warning in English on their packaging.

“Counterfeit” is product made to look like it has been produced by a recognised manufacturer and is designed to fool the purchaser that they are buying a genuine product”


Anti-social behaviour and drug misuse in Camborne

September 18th, 2016 by

Cornwall Council’s ASB Team joined forces with Devon & Cornwall Police to tackle alleged alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour and drug misuse in Camborne. Joint agency patrols were carried out in the town centre and in ‘hot spot’ areas, where a number of ASB incidents had been reported. The proactive patrols took place as a number of concerns had been raised within the community in relation to regular individuals causing a nuisance in the town. By carrying out patrols, the ASB Team and Police were able to see what activity was taking place in the area and encourage and support the community to report ASB and crime to the appropriate agency. The ASB Team also wore body worn video devices to try and evidence the concerns raised from the public.

asbOne of the patrols carried out in August resulted in 2 males being stopped and searched by the police. An amount of cannabis and heroin was seized. The 2 males were cautioned on the spot and details were taken so they could be dealt with by voluntary attending the police station. The offenders were spoken to with regards to the ASB process, linking civil and criminal law and the possible action which could be taken against them if, when investigated, it was proportionate to do so. Advice was also given to members of the public shopping in the area, highlighting the role of the ASB Team and partnership working with the Police and other agencies.

Members of the public are encouraged to report anti social behaviour. This can be done via the Police 101 number or by emailing

If there is an emergency please call 999. Cornwall Council’s ASB Team can also be contacted on 0300 1234 232 or via


CFOA Business Fire Safety Week 5 September 2016

September 16th, 2016 by

Protection (Fire Safety) Officers from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have been out in force in Looe this month supporting CFOA’s Business Fire Safety Week. Looe was chosen as the town welcomes the Looe festival towards the end of the month, which brings thousands of visitors to the area. Protection officers were out in the town giving fire safety advice and answering any questions asked from business owners or the public. During the week the Protection team visited over 48 separate businesses giving advice on fire risk assessment, fire escape routes and the storage of stock and waste materials. In addition they identified a number of fire safety matters for further investigation and action where required. A specific concern from a member of the public is also being dealt with.


A Busy Time for Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Volunteers

September 15th, 2016 by

Cornwall Council’s team of four Trading Standards Volunteers have been out and about across Cornwall in recent weeks, helping to ‘target harden’ vulnerable groups against the threat of scam mail, scam phone calls and doorstep fraudsters.

photo-1-yr-birthdayThe Volunteers’ main task is to conduct home interventions with suspected victims of mass marketing scams – typically those who are responding to bogus prize notifications, fake clairvoyant letters and mail order subscription traps. But on the basis that prevention is always better than cure they have recently delivered presentations on scams and doorstep crime to around 110 attendees at Appletree in St Austell and at the U3A in Falmouth. They also represented Trading Standards at the Over 50’s day at St Johns Hall in Penzance – handing out leaflets on how to avoid becoming a victim of scams and doorstep crime. And the Volunteers took the opportunity to deliver similar messages to visitors to the three Electric Blanket Testing surgeries at Bude, Newquay and St Austell.


And with the latest list of potential scams victims now provided by City of London Police (the national coordinators) and the new season of Junior Life Skills events due to start, they have decided that it is time to expanded their Volunteer team. Interviews for new recruits are taking place on Friday 30 September.

For further information about the Trading Standards Volunteers please contact:

Julia Groves

Trading Standards Authorised Officer

Public Protection

Cornwall Council

Tel: 01872 327966

Mobile: 07966 862696

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