As you may or may not know I am a trustee of the Burnley registered charity ‘Furniture For Education Worldwide’ (FEW).
Over the past years the charity has saved perfectly good school furniture being sent to landfill sites, in fact we have been so successful that we have now sent a total of 48 containers full of school furniture that would have otherwise been destroyed to many countries including Gambia & Kenya to name but a few. We have been able to change the lives of so many school children in these very deprived countries.
Following an invitation from the Minister of State and the Head of a School in Gambia that has recently received furniture sent by FEW, a small group of trustees including myself will be visiting the school to see how we have changed their lives. Our visit will also coincide with a medical mission that will play an important role in many children’s life’s.
The medical mission will perform at least 20 operations and put in place various clinics that will have a long term effect on lots of children, the operations will enable children to walk!
These children may never be given the opportunity to walk for the rest of their lives, together this we can change.
Who can make this happen...we can!
To allow the medical mission to go ahead FEW need to raise £5000.00 in a very short time and yes I know this a lot of money especially in the current economic climate.
So to make this a reality and to allow many children to be able to walk we are looking for sponsors to donate £250.
So the reality is please will you support a child to walk again for £250. Once we have 20 sponsors the medical mission will go ahead. Seems a good deal to me!
If you would like to donate £250 or any other amount no matter how large or small as everything counts, then please contact me in the first instance either by email or on 01282 424757.
p.s Something I can’t promise but I am working on the publicity for all the sponsors with a photo shoot. I will have this confirmed in the next day or so.
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The London Fire Brigade may begin charging building owners for false alarms as fire chiefs look for new ways to reduce their costs as they face cuts to their budgets.
London fire crews are called to over 40,000 false alarms a year at a cost of £37 million.
Hospitals and universities are known to be the worst when it comes to false fire alarms and the brigade has highlighted 403 buildings to which they are called out unnecessarily more than ten times a year and a charge of £290 per fire engine that attends a false alarm is being considered.
James Cleverly, chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, said "Firefighters ought to be available to attend genuine emergencies or carry out training or community fire safety work, rather than attending thousands of false alarms," he stressed.
"Often false alarms are caused by poor management or maintenance of alarm systems. Our proposals to charge should send a clear message that building owners need to sort their fire alarms out or face hefty charges."
The plans are to be consulted on by members of the London Fire Brigade and, provided they agree to take the charging system forward, a formal month-long consultation will begin in January 2013 with a final decision made after this period.
An Alcohol distillery in the West Midlands exploded in a ball of flames on Monday November 26th causing fire and thick black smoke to billow up into the air.
The incident occurred on the site of Alcohols Ltd on Hall Street in Oldbury shortly before 10am and firefighters from the West Midlands Fire Service attended the scene where they discovered a blaze in a three storey gin distillery.
People were evacuated from homes and business premises and surrounding roads were closed and rail services in the area were also halted.
Fortunately there was only one reported injury involving a man believed to have sustained flash burns. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.
It took all night to extinguish the flames and an update was given at 10am on Tuesday November 27th to say that the incident had been dealt with.
Around 20 firefighters and two fire engines remained on the scene to keep watch and a reduced cordon remained in place, affecting around 20 properties.
A structural engineer is due to assess the damage to the distillery to decide whether or not it needs to be demolished for safety reasons.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze, although it is believed to have started when chemicals were being transferred from large tanks into smaller drums outside of the building.
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Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service to reconsider responses to automatic alarms #fireservice #automaticalarms
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are considering changing the way it responds to automatic fire alarms.
As a number of other brigades across the country have already done, they may choose only to respond to those where genuine fires are confirmed or physical signs of a blaze are suspected. This will allow them to cope with budget cuts and would apply to certain commercial premises only, such as factories and shops for example. Call outs to schools, those used for sleeping accommodation or those used by vulnerable people, special industrial sites and residential premises would remain unaffected by the move.
It is thought that this simple change could save the service around £30,000 a year.
According to Nigel Dixon, Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for community protection, fire officers had been working to reduce the number of false fire alarms they attend and have had a reduction of more than 600 calls since April last year after statistics showed that 95 per cent of all automatic fire alarms attended by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are false alarms.
"However, officers believe they can go further and become even more efficient without, crucially, compromising safety."
A large number of these are down to faulty or poorly designed and maintained alarm systems.
Last year fire engines were sent out unnecessarily more than 2,350 times, costing the brigade over £100,000.
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Swindon hotel owner fined for failure to provide fire safety information #firesafety #hotelownerfined
Darioush Keynejad, of the Ivy Hotel in Wroughton, has been fined for failing comply with a requirement to provide information requested by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service within the time stipulated to ensure they could properly assess fire safety provisions at the hotel and identify the responsible person.
Mr Keynejad was ordered to pay a total of £1,265 for the offence, including a £500 fine, a £750 contribution towards Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service's costs and a £15 victim surcharge after appearing at a hearing at Swindon Magistrate's court on November 5th.
In his defence speech, Mr Keynejad claimed that he was left confused by the requirements bestowed on him to comply with both an enforcement notice and the information request. Furthermore, he revealed that a member of his family had fallen ill, which distracted him from his duties as owner of the hotel.
Head of fire safety for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Iain Hunter, said: "It is important the critical work of fire safety inspectors should not be delayed unduly by the need to gather information.
"Any failure of fire safety arrangements in non-domestic premises can endanger both employees and the public, particularly in premises that provide sleeping accommodation.
"This case highlights the need for anyone receiving formal requests for information from the fire service to co-operate fully by responding within the time required."
It is important that business owners realise that they can be prosecuted if they fail to respond to information when requested under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, as well as for breaches in fire safety and failures to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
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Each year people die or are seriously injured as a result of fires at work. Besides loss of life, fire costs UK businesses millions of pounds, from damage to property, loss of business, fines, compensation claims and insurance premiums.
Many fires can be avoided by taking fire precautions. If a fire does break out, the effects can be minimised by having effective controls and procedures in place.
In October 2006 stringent rules introduced in England, Scotland and Wales, 2006 Fire Safety Order (October 2006) requires employers and building owners to:
- Ensure that suitable fire protection is provided for all premises.
- Take measures to protect their premises and those in it from the dangers of fire.
- Have fire detection and alarm systems that are designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by a professional third party certificated company.
The Fire Safety Order 2006 consolidated over 100 pieces of existing fire safety legislation. Fire certificates are no longer required and the emphasis is on preventing fires and reducing risk. Anyone who has some control over premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The regulations apply to all non-domestic premises. This legal obligation is placed on the person in charge of the workplace and is enforced by your local Fire Authority.
Our Fire Risk Assessments provide a systematic look at potential sources of fire in the workplace, the dangers that fire poses to those who use the workplace and how the risk and spread of fire can be minimised. Once the required risks have been identified, the changes must be implemented.
- If you employ 5 or more people your findings and actions should be fully documented
- The Fire Brigade now actively enforce the regulations through ad hoc inspections
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