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Completion of Audit of Accounts

Notice is hereby given that the Audit of the Fire Authority’s Accounts for the year ending 31st March, 2018 has been concluded.

Any Local Government Elector for the Boroughs of Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland are entitled to inspect and make copies of the Statement of Accounts and the Auditor’s Report thereon at the Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon and 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and further may require copies thereof on payment of a reasonable fee. The Statement of Accounts is available on the following link: 

Dated this 31st July 2018

Mr C Little, Treasurer of Cleveland Fire Authority, c/o Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY.

Cleveland Fire Brigade signs Armed Forces Covenant

Cleveland Fire Brigade is signing the Armed Forces Covenant at an official ceremony on Thursday July 26 (10.30am) in a pledge to support the Brigade’s employees who are members of the Armed Forces community.

The Covenant will be signed by Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade with Colonel Andy Hadfield and Lieutenant Colonel Chris Green from the 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East, based at Catterick arrison as fire appliances and army vehicles line-up side by side.

CFO Ian Hayton said: “We are honoured to sign-up to the Covenant. Cleveland has strong regional links with the Armed Forces and we have a proud history of employing members of the armed forces and those who continue to do so as reservists. They bring with them a range of transferable skills through their military training, such as leadership, excellent communications and technical application and help strengthen our role in keeping the Cleveland community safe

“The Covenant confirms our commitment to honour the Armed Forces and support the Armed Forces community and their families”.

Organisations signing the Covenant also become eligible for participation in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme which recognises and rewards UK employers for their support to Defence personnel.

The MOD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the North of England, Darren Rhodes said: “The Armed Forces community can contribute real value to a business as employees bringing a wealth of skills and experience. The Armed Forces Covenant encourages the Armed Forces community to nurture a two way relationship, it is important to Defence to foster an open, honest relationship with employers and we ensure the needs for the company are considered alongside those of Defence and the Armed Forces community. We are pleased to welcome Cleveland Fire Brigade as signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant as their strong community links and contribution to public service demonstrate many values in common with the UK’s Defence personnel.”

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant visit: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/covenantinaction

Take care in the kitchen

Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care in the kitchen after being called out to 17 fires since the start of April.

The most common causes include chip pans, leaving cooking unattended, excess oil or fat, tea towels or drying clothes too close to cooker and electrical faults.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The kitchen is the most dangerous place in the house as there are a lot of extra hazards and people just need to be very careful. Something as simple as turning away from the cooker to answer the phone, watch television or look after the children can be distractions that lead to disaster.

“You have to be extra vigilant when cooking. Never leave it unattended, make sure the surfaces are clean and do not use a chip pan. Kitchens can also be a popular room for leaving washing to dry and this can lead to radiated heat starting a fire.

“We do not want your kitchen to be the next one to be damaged in this way.”

Latest figures show there have been five kitchen fires a month in May, June and to date in July, adding to the two reported in April.

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Saddleworth Moor Incident

CFB appliances setting off for Saddleworth Moors

At 1930hrs on Sunday 1st July, Cleveland Fire Brigade were contacted and asked to support the National Resilience efforts and colleagues at Greater Manchester and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service at the ongoing incident on Saddleworth Moor.

Nine firefighters from Cleveland Fire Brigade and two Fire Appliances are on their way to support the ongoing firefighting efforts.

Cleveland’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said that “Wildfires present dangerous circumstances for firefighters particularly from changes in weather. We would like to wish the firefighters who are  attending  this major Incident ‘well’ and will be working with Greater Manchester and Lancashire Fire & Rescue over the next few days to establish any further support through rotating those who have been deployed”.

Eston Hills Action Group

The Eston Hills Action Group is being given a first-hand look at how Cleveland Fire Brigade tackles deliberate fires in the area.

Members have been invited to go on-board the Brigade’s special off-road appliance (UNIMOG) to see what work is being done to combat arson attacks.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, there were 53 deliberate fires on Eston Hills.  Although there has been a slight reduction for April and May 2018, to date, the Cleveland Fire Brigade has still attended 13 fires in these two months which were caused deliberately, down from 29 last year.

As a result of the public meeting called by local MP Anna Turley in February last year, the Eston Hills Action Group was established. It is chaired by Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, includes representatives from Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police, local authorities, Friends of Eston Hills, archaeology groups and, Redcar MP Anna Turley.

Multi-agency prevention measures in recent months include:

  • New barriers and gates across paths to prevent vehicular access
  • Installation of concrete blocks
  • Educational visits to local schools and youth clubs
  • Clampdown on illegal off roading
  • Removal of burnt out vehicles
  • Roadside trenches to prevent access

Simon Weastell, Head of Emergency Response for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said “Deliberate fires on the Eston Hills are wholly irresponsible and apart from causing immense environmental damage, they also divert resources away from emergencies where lives may be at risk.

“This site visit for the Eston Hills Action Group will be a graphic illustration of the problem we face and how they are tackled. It will also showcase measures that have been taken in recent months to prevent further fires.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s UNIMOG, stationed at Grangetown Community Fire Station is an off-road appliance that can provide a rapid and effective response to fires on the hills and reach areas of difficult terrain, which ordinarily cannot be reached with a normal fire appliance.  Its capabilities include ,a water storage tank, hose reels and other firefighting equipment and it is  staffed by a crew of four firefighters..

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “The Eston Hills Action Group was established to develop multi-agency solutions to problems which have plagued residents and landowners on the Hills for years.

“This visit is a good opportunity for the group to see the extent of the improvements to the area, which have already started to have an impact on the number of crimes and fires reported on the Hills.”

Member of Parliament for Redcar Anna Turley said: “The Eston Hills are undoubtedly a safer place for local residents to enjoy as a result of the work of the action group and I want to congratulate all of the partners on the work they have delivered so far.

“The number of arson incidents is down and lots of improvements to secure the hills have been made, but there are sadly still fires being started which shows the work still to be done.

“Crime and anti-social behaviour are issues right across our area, but it has also been important to protect the Hills which were such an open and dangerous target, drawing away emergency resources from elsewhere.”