Subject: Cheshire Fire And Rescue Service April 2017 E-Newsletter - FiRELiNK
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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Fire , Administrator, Cheshire Fire)
Welcome to the April edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Our plans for 2017/18
Cheshire Fire Authority published has now published the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2017/18.
Every year Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service publishes an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives. The plan contains a list of proposals and plans for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for 2017 to 2018.
Changes to the way we respond to automatic fire alarms
Businesses are advised that we have now changed the way they we respond to all Automatic Fire Alarms (AFAs). We will not respond to any AFAs at the majority of business premises (including schools) unless a caller at the building reasonably believes that there is a fire.
AFAs from premises where there could be people sleeping, such as care homes, hospitals, private dwellings, hotels, hostels, halls of residence, very high risk industrial sites and high rise buildings will continue to get an emergency attendance.
Of the total number of AFAs attended in 2015/16, just over 1% of the calls required any firefighting action. AFAs cost business time, money and divert firefighters from genuine emergencies and other duties. They also put road users and pedestrians at risk as fire engines respond at speed on blue lights.
Search and rescue dog Bryn awarded PDSA Order of Merit
Bryn, our extraordinary search and rescue dog, has been honoured by leading vet charity PDSA for his devotion to duty in some of the world’s most challenging regions.
Border Collie Bryn becomes the latest recipient of the prestigious PDSA Order of Merit - the animals' OBE. Bryn’s award is in recognition of his exemplary service as a search and rescue dog, working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and UK’s International Search and Rescue Team.
It's motorbike season! Ride safely
We've recently seen an increase in the number of motorbikes on British roads, and as a result of this there has been an increase in the number of motorcyclists that have been hurt on Britain's roads in recent years.
We are working with motorcyclists across Cheshire to reduce the number of casualties on the roads.
Drowning prevention - be water aware
Around 320 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.
Many people that drown just happen to be near water - such as runners, walkers and anglers.
We are asking people to be ‘Be Water Aware’ - Don't assume you're not at risk of drowning because you don’t intend to go in the water.
Bank Holiday safety advice
Please put safety first over the Bank Holiday weekend - use the links below to access tips and advice on road safety, barbecue safety DIY safety, caravan safety and camping safety.
Have a safe and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.