Meet Vinnie… Tyne and Wear’s youngest ever firefighter

On Bank Holiday Monday, Tyne and Wear FRS welcomed the youngest firefighter ever to don their crested uniform and firefighter’s helmet when Vinnie Hall, aged 2, of Hylton Castle in Sunderland excitedly visited Marley Park Community Fire Station with his…

Firefighters and staff across Tyne and Wear remember those who have died in the line of duty

Firefighters and staff across Tyne and Wear have held a minute’s silence to remember those killed in the line of duty – both at home and overseas. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) joined colleagues around the country…

Firefighter following in father’s footsteps achieves apprenticeship distinction

A Geordie lifesaver born and bred in the West End of Newcastle has proudly achieved a distinction grade in his journey to become a firefighter. Scott Canham, 27, originally from Chapel Park in Newcastle, is one of three firefighters who…

Firefighter finds his home with TWFRS after growing up in the foster system

A fearless lifesaver who was born in Bangladesh and grew up in the UK foster system has finally found his home as a firefighter in Tyne and Wear. Tambir Ali, known as Tam by his friends and colleagues, has been…

Recruitment for firefighters now open in Tyne and Wear

Residents across Tyne and Wear now have the opportunity to protect, prevent and respond in their community – after firefighter recruitment opened on 18 February. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have re-opened their wholetime firefighter recruitment process.…

Rookie firefighters start their training as next generation of lifesavers

A postman, electrician and a hospital porter are among the new generation of firefighters recruited to save lives across Tyne and Wear. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have announced 21 recruits have started their training at their…

TWFRS unveil state-of-the art USAR training facility

A state-of-the-art training facility has been constructed in Tyne and Wear that will help firefighters rescue casualties from collapsed buildings. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have completed construction of a network of modular chambers that are the…

Local family find heritage haul highlighting career of fire and police legend

A local Northumberland and North Tyneside family were delighted to stumble across a ‘box of delights’ that contained priceless memories of a beloved father, grandad and great-grandad. Scott Andrews and his dad Wilf, of North Shields and Holywell, recently rediscovered…

TWFRS praised by health officials for standing up vaccination centre in just four days

Health officials have praised a North East Fire and Rescue Service after they helped set up a vaccination centre in a matter of days. Millions of residents across the UK have been invited to receive their Coronavirus booster vaccination in…

Let’s look out for each other this Christmas

The region’s fire and rescue service has called on people to look out for each other this Christmas after revealing they have been called to help more than 100 people in distress – in just six months. Tyne and Wear…

From runway lights to blue lights

It’s always hard starting a new job, especially when your old one involves travelling to some of the most beautiful places in the world. But when the pandemic grounded the travel industry, former cabin crew Laura Maguire began to think…

New recruits get early Christmas present by passing their firefighter training

A new generation of firefighters passed their firefighter training on Friday, 17 December after one of the largest recruitment drives in recent years. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) are proud to announce that 32 of their latest…

Happy birthday future firefighter

The family of a five-year-old boy who has spent three years battling two holes in the heart have thanked Tyneside fire crews – after they paid him a birthday visit. A crew from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service…

White Ribbon Day – Tyne and Wear organisations come together to say ‘No’ to violence against women

The chief of the region’s Fire and Rescue Service has today called for communities to come together and say ‘No’ to violence against women. Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), has made…

Firefighters praised by police for uncovering huge cannabis operation in Newcastle

Firefighters have been praised by police after they responded to a report of water affecting electrics at a pizza shop – and uncovered a huge cannabis operation. At 8.32pm on Monday crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service…

Bonfire Night success – figures down on previous year

Fire Service bosses have praised the success of their Darker Nights Bonfire Night safety campaign and thanked the public – parents and guardians in particular – for passing on the important messages to their children and relatives about the dangers…

State-of-the-art Tri-Station to be completely carbon neutral

A state-of-the-art Tri-Station that will see all three blue-light services under one roof will be the first of its kind in the country to be completely carbon neutral. Earlier this year Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) revealed…

Deliberate fires are putting people’s lives at risk across Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther has urged teenage arsonists to not put lives at risk this half term after revealing crews are spending 64 days a year tackling deliberate fires. Since Bonfire Night 2020, firefighters and crews…

Every 999 call starts with them

A Station Manager has praised 999 Fire Control Room staff in the North East and revealed they have helped ensure the region has the fastest response in the country. Station Manager Andrew Lineham praised the Control Team at Tyne and…

Wearside firefighter achieves distinction accolade as part of TWFRS apprenticeship programme

A Wearside-based firefighter has achieved the highest possible accolade at the end of her Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) apprenticeship. Firefighter Annabel Evans, aged 27, of Sunderland has gained distinction grades ‘across the board’ after completing the…

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