Success on a life-changing course

An aspiring firefighter who was at a career crossroads has praised a fire-service-led course for putting his life back on track. For Nathan McVeigh, white water rafting and giving back to the community were two things that didn’t usually go…

Wall walking with a difference

Behind a climbing wall or inside a swimming pool pipe room don’t sound like the usual training spaces But fully kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment, it’s the perfect simulation for one of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s (TWFRS)…

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service rated Good by HMICFRS

Staff at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have been praised after inspectors rated the service as one of the top performing in the country. Tyne and Wear’s most senior fire officer has praised firefighters and fire staff…

Planning green light for Hebburn Tri Station

Plans to build a state-of-the-art tri-station have been approved that will see one of the first stations of its kind built in Tyne and Wear. South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee recently approved the application for the Tri Station in Hebburn.…

Canadian firefighter travels over 3,000 miles to visit Newcastle fire station in honour of his late grandfather

A Canadian firefighter has travelled over 3,000 miles to walk in the footsteps of his late grandfather – and visit the fire service where he became a hero. Rob Wilson, a serving firefighter with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue service in…

Lucky to be alive

The victim of a house fire is lucky to be alive after an e-bike was left on charge overnight and caused his home to go up in flames. A fire broke out at the property in Washington after the electric…

Getting hot under the collar

Tyne and Wear is leading the way in life-saving training to help fire and rescue services across the country respond to collapsed buildings and major incidents. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have revealed they are the only…

North East leading the way with trauma support for front-line firefighters

Front-line firefighters in Tyne and Wear are benefitting from a groundbreaking new scheme, which sees them being trained in first aid and trauma support by a leading North East paramedic educator. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have…

Firefighters dash to dramatic Sunday morning animal rescue

On Sunday morning a crew from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were deployed to an animal rescue with a difference. The firefighters from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station were sent to Castle Leazes Student Accommodation as a student…

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…

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