Safety prevention videos

December 7th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service have created a series of fire safety prevention videos, which will be launched through the CFRCSS Facebook page to target the biggest causes of accidental dwelling fires to improve knowledge, awareness and change behaviour promoting fire safety advice in the home during the festive season.

Look out for each days festive tips 🎄 HERE

 

 

 

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Cornwall Diversity Food Festival

November 9th, 2018 by

It’s time to celebrate food! Come along to the Cornwall Diversity Food Festival at New County Hall on 17th November.

From 11am the event will be open for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate cultures and food from around the world. Find out more about this event from the poster attached.

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Chimney fire

October 3rd, 2018 by

Chimney Fire

A crew of six firefighters from Lostwithiel Community Fire Station were mobilised to a chimney fire on the evening of Monday 2 October within the town. After investigating they found the remains of a birds nest halfway up the chimney breast. Please can we ask you to endure your chimney is cleaned after the summer months ahead of the winter.

Thankfully this incident was contained but so often these types of incidents can escalate.

The following link contains safety advice: https://bit.ly/2fDP8rc

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National Burn Awareness Day

September 27th, 2018 by

National Burn Awareness Day 2018

17 October.

A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.  What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.

In 2017, 7,502 children were burned or scalded. Hot drinks are the most common cause of scald injury in children – followed by contact with electric cookers, irons and hair straighteners.

First Aid

Treat burns with cold running water for 20 minutesGood first aid following a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring.

Two important things to remember are:

Cool, Call, Cover

  1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
  2. Call for help – 999, 111 or local GP for advice
  3. Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm

Stop, Drop, roll

“Stop, drop and roll” is used when clothing catches fire. Children can get confused about when to stop, drop and roll. It is important to know when to do this. Children who do not have a good understanding of stop, drop and roll will sometimes do this if they burn a finger or need to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds. Only use stop, drop and roll when clothing catches fire.

Find out more how to prevent burns HERE

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue takes delivery of new Fireboat

July 27th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has operated a fire boat since 1999 when we took delivery of our first boat – Transco Phoenix, a 7.6 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) powered by twin 100Hp outboard engines. The Service had identified the need to provide an operational emergency fire response in and around the Falmouth harbour area due to the large and rapidly growing maritime risk. Falmouth was also becoming a popular choice as a venue for hosting large regattas such as the J Class Regatta, The Pendennis Cup, Off Shore Powerboat Racing to name a few, all of which require a large amount of safety/fire cover.

Other roles that the fire boat carries out are, to provide personnel and equipment transfer in support of Fire and Rescue Marine Response, Forms part of the King Harry reach response plan, to provide primary fire cover to the 100+ house boats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas. We can also be called upon by other agencies to be used during high profile events anywhere in Cornwall throughout the summer months.

Fast forward 18 years to the start of 2017 and it was clear that Transco Phoenix had served her time and was due for replacement. A tender was put out for Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) manufacturers to bid on. After considering certain criteria, Ribcraft who are based in Yeovil, Somerset were awarded the contract. Ribcraft have a long history of building high spec’ customised RIB’s both for the leisure market and, commercial sector. What really stood out with Ribcraft is that the entire boat is built in house at their factory.

I was tasked with leading the project at a station/operational level, identifying the needs of the Service and how best these could be fulfilled on the new boat. Having had the previous boat to learn from and the luxury of having a RIB built from scratch I was keen to put our own stamp on it and make sure that it would firstly, be fit for purpose, but also easy to use in terms of the firefighting systems.

Working with Ribcraft we drew up certain criteria, namely that it would be easily trailable, would have a good working platform, carry a crew of 6 Firefighters and 2 coxswains, carry a light portable pump (LPP) which could be easily got to work and provide a fixed monitor with water.

Ribcraft have been an excellent company to work with during the build phase of this project keeping us regularly updated through video calls and myself visiting the factory at key stages of the build to ensure good progress and discuss any issues or improvements that needed to be addressed.

Early March, and after some solid and very successful sea trials in Portland Harbour “Skath an Tanlu” (Cornish for “Fire Boat” and chosen by members of the public through public voting) was delivered to the Service.

We could not be more pleased with our latest asset and Ribcraft have delivered exactly what was asked of them and their expertise and craftmanship in building RIBs is clearly evident in the new fire boat. Powered by twin Suzuki 140hp engines she has a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots, “Skath an Tanlu” is 8.5 metres long with a 3 metre beam (width), providing fire crews with an excellent and safe working platform. She carries a Godiva Powerflow 8/5 Twin LPP providing 800l/min at 5 bar.

The boat will be based at Falmouth Community Fire Station and berthed at Falmouth Haven pontoons in Falmouth Harbour during the summer months. It is hoped that “Skath an Tanlu” will be fully operational by July 2018 and it is fair to say that everyone involved is looking forward to getting out and using the RIB for many years to come.

Giles Kent, Crew Manager, Falmouth Community Fire Station

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St Austell Dementia Garden

July 3rd, 2018 by

Since the stations construction in the early 2000’s there has been a section of land adjacent to the building which was unused and underappreciated.  Green watch decided that we must be able to come up with something better for all that would improve things for everyone and make our time at work a better environment that was also healthier and safer for users. We got together as a team and designed a multi-use area that could work on many levels.

A self-help project was set up and we looked into the costings, materials and labour required and during the summer of 2017 the watch made a start by hand digging several tonnes of turf and clearing the area ready for the next phase of construction. The foundations were dug, concrete mixed, and walls built by the crew of general builders before we broke out our ‘Chippy’ skills and constructed a timber decking area which also incorporated a nice ‘multi-gym’ arrangement for those who love an outside workout. Approaching completion the green fingered among us became landscape gardeners and when time permitted the finishing touches were applied with the construction of the multi-use timber seating area, wall panelling, chippings and some tubs and planters.

The garden was officially opened by Station Manager Dave Pilling in May 2018 during the stations Dementia awareness coffee morning. Station personnel and members of our community now use this area to chill out, eat their lunch, briefing, debriefing and lecturing for operational training and now we look forward to Phoenix Services using this area for their Service Delivery.

The watch would like to thank ACFO Hewitt for his help and guidance on this project and would like to dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to our Dementia friends around the county with a warm welcome to any local Dementia groups for coffee mornings or get together now the work has come to an end. I’m so pleased to say that already there are regular visits from local dementia groups planned so they can enjoy the fruits of our labours.

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Cornwall Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 750 people with a learning disability and/or autism

July 2nd, 2018 by
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Raising awareness of responsibilities when running a holiday let

July 2nd, 2018 by

Newquay Community Fire Station is running an initiative this year aimed at holiday let property management companies and online holiday management organisations; like airbnb. The purpose is to educate and inform hosts of their responsibilities under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which makes you responsible for taking steps to protect the people using your property or home from risk of fire. This initiative is not restricted to summer months, so if you know of anyone that lets their property in this way and think they may be unsure of the legal requirements, we have created some guidance to inform and educate them.

If anyone that has a holiday let and enquires about the information they have seen / heard from our initiative, could you please take any details and forward them onto Mark Henwood at Newquay to help with the evaluation of this initiative.

The following list contains some of the fire precautions that maybe expected.  Expectations are risk based, and will depend upon the number of rooms, layout, travel distances and building construction.

  • A fire risk assessment must be completed.
  • Interlinked automatic fire detection throughout (grade D or F LD2).
  • Emergency lighting or torches that come one automatically when the power fails Solid fitting internal doors, ideally FD30S (high risk rooms).
  • Are the means of escape adequate for the premises?
  • External fire escape doors are simple to operate, and do not require a key.
  • Fire action notices (with postcode and six figure grid reference).
  • Multi-purpose extinguishers, fire blanket.
  • Furniture compliant with the Furniture and Furnishing Regulations 1998.
  • Carbon Monoxide detection (if hazards have been identified).
  • Chimneys, wood burners well maintained.
  • Barbecue fire safety and carbon monoxide advice for visitors.
  • Servicing records (fire alarm, gas, electric etc).
  • This checklist is not exhaustive and you should refer to the ‘Do you have Paying Guests’ guide for more information which can be found at: cornwall.gov.uk/holidaylet

For any further information please contact Orange or Black Watch at Newquay Community Fire Station 01637 854015 or email:
Mark Henwood – mhenwood@fire.cornwall.gov.uk
Lee Beresford – lberesford@fire.cornwall.gov.uk.

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NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton

May 3rd, 2018 by

Saturday 28th April was NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton focussing on Fire Safety this year for World Health Day. Crews from Bodmin, Falmouth and Hayle attended their local Asda stores to communicate fire safety messages and advice to members of the public, as well as offer referral cards to people who would qualify for a free home fire safety check. Children were spoken to about the importance of the Stop, Drop and Roll message.

 Over the course of the day over 550 people were spoken to across the three stores, and feedback from Asda Community Champions was very positive:

‘It was a great success with the customers as well so thank you very much for organising all of that.  Come back soon!’

 

‘The Fire Safety Day was brilliant and well received’

‘The customers enjoyed this event and many came up to the fire crew to ask questions.’

 

 

 

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Fire and road safety annual evidence report now available

April 10th, 2018 by

Our new Risk Based Evidence Profile 2018 is now available. It highlights our two highest risk priorities for prevention activities which are: accidental dwelling fires and road traffic collisions.

The document includes the latest research and analysis about fires and road safety, such as, new evidence from the Home Office shows that while the number of fires has fallen nationally the number of people aged 65 and over killed in a fire has risen by 22% between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

To read the full report or find out more fire and road safety facts about Cornwall please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/rbep  A key messages paper is also available on the website which summarises these findings.

Did you know?

Facts about road safety

  • On average there are 24 collisions on roads in Cornwall each week involving an injury.
  • Evidence shows that most of the factors contributing to collisions in Cornwall are related to driver error.
  • The five high risk driving behaviours in Cornwall are:
  1. Failing to look properly
  2. Failed to judge other person’s speed or path
  3. Speeding
  4. Careless/ reckless/in a hurry
  5. Loss of control
  • Motorcycles make up less than 1% of traffic, but are involved in more than 15% of injury collisions.
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