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New fire station set to be officially opened

Cleveland Fire Brigade will be officially opening the newly rebuilt Grangetown Community Fire Station this Friday (16 March) which forms part of a multi-million pound programme to bring buildings up to 21st century standards.

The state-of-the art Grangetown Community Fire Station, which cost £3 million to build, replaces the previous building on the same site located at Slip Road Church Lane/Trunk Road which was 48 years old.

The single story, four bay fire station houses three fire engines and will deliver prevention, protection and an emergency response service to Grangetown and the surrounding areas. The station also boasts a community room which is available for local groups to use.

The impressive new station forms part of a major re-building programme – partly funded by Government grant – to ensure that the Brigade can continue to provide the very best fire and rescue service to the people of Teesside.

As well as the official opening of the station, there will be a tour of the station, prevention, protection and emergency response displays and the presentation of the Long Service Medals and Awards to staff who have served for more than 20 years in the fire service.

Councillor Jan Brunton Dobson, Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority said, “I am delighted to be officially opening another brand new Fire Station which will help deliver essential services to our local community.

“It is absolutely vital that we invest in new state-of-the–art facilities so that the people of Teesside can rest assured they have the very latest fire and rescue equipment to help keep them safe.”

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said, “This is the third brand new fire station we have built. These new facilities are important, not only in terms of its emergency response to incidents for the area but also as a community hub.

“The building will vastly improve the accommodation for firefighters, will enable them to continue to deliver safety services and enable the community to have a meeting place from which individuals, groups and organisations can work together.

“It’s also fantastic that we can celebrate and reward our staff at this event for their work, commitment and long service to Cleveland Fire Brigade.”

Important message from Age UK

AGE UK URGES OLDER PEOPLE TO CLAIM HELP WITH HEATING COSTS AS MORE HEAVY SNOW AND FREEZING CONDITIONS HIT THE UK

With heavy snow and freezing conditions forecast to last for the rest of the week, Age UK is urging older people to wrap up warm, keep the heating on, and make sure they’re claiming the benefits available to help with their heating costs.

Most older people will have received the Winter Fuel Payment already this winter but Age UK is urging those who haven’t to check their eligibility and make a claim before the deadline on 31st March.

In addition, all Pension Credit recipients will automatically receive a Cold Weather Payment if the criteria is met. Yet official figures show that over a million older people who are eligible for Pension Credit are not claiming it – missing out on valuable extra weekly income as well as Cold Weather Payments. The Charity is urging all older people who are living on a low income but not receiving Pension Credit to find out if they’re eligible for extra support.

Research shows that exposure to the cold can have a devastating impact on the health of older people, who are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures. As people get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for people’s health. The cold can also increase blood pressure which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

AGE UK’S TOP TIPS FOR STAYING WARM AND WELL OVER THE NEXT WEEK

• 18°C (64°F) is the ideal temperature for your bedroom and 21°C (70°F) is the ideal temperature for your living room. Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature.

• Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. If you go out, put a scarf around your mouth to warm up the air before you breathe it in. If you stay in, make sure you keep your windows closed, particularly overnight in the bedroom (even if it’s your normal habit to leave them open).

• Stay active and when you are indoors try not to sit still for more than an hour, if you can get up. Walk around or make a hot drink (or take one to someone you know can’t get out).

• Eat well. It’s important to eat well, especially in the winter. Have at least one hot meal a day and have regular hot drinks, as they help to keep you warm.

Caroline Abrahams. Charity Director at Age UK said: “These arctic conditions will be really challenging for many older people, particularly those who are more vulnerable because of pre-existing health conditions or who are living in housing that is difficult and expensive to heat.

 “With the country now firmly in the grip of the Beast from the East, we are urging people to stay warm, keep the heating on, and make sure they’re receiving all the help that’s available.

 “Now is the time to check in on older family members, friends and neighbours. Picking up some shopping for them or just popping in to check they’re okay can be a big help in these conditions.”

Age UK publishes a number of free guides, including Winter Wrapped Up, which offers practical advice to help older people stay warm and well through the colder months. The guide includes information on cold weather preparations, tips on staying healthy, ways to improve energy efficiency and advice on how to keep warm both inside and outside the home. It includes a section on benefits and concessions available to those eligible and a handy pull-out and keep room thermometer. The Charity also publishes a number of other free guides including More money in your pocket to help people navigate the benefits system and has trained advisers on hand all year round to offer support.

Anyone – whether an older person, carer, friend, neighbour or relative – can pick up a free guide by contacting their local Age UK or visiting the Charity’s website www.ageuk.org.uk/winter or by calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565.

Useful links:

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/winter-fuel-payment/

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/cold-weather-payment/

www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Information-guides/AgeUKIG27_Winter_wrapped_up_inf.pdf?dtrk=true

www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/information-guides/ageukig43_more_money_in_your_pocket_inf.pdf

Brigade supports “Dying to Work” campaign

Signing the Charter (l to r) Dave Howe, Fire Brigades Union; Councillor Jan Brunton Dobson, Chair, Cleveland Fire Authority; Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern Region TUC, Eddie Jeffries, Unison and Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton

Cleveland Fire Brigade has pledged to support, protect and guide any staff diagnosed with a terminal illness.

By signing-up to the TUC “Dying to Work” charter the Brigade continues to recognise that additional support and understanding is needed.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “It was an easy decision to sign-up and make a formal commitment to the work we already do. Sometimes people have to work through very difficult circumstances and it is our job to make sure they get the help and support they need and are treated with the utmost dignity.”

Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority Councillor Jan Brunton-Dobson added: “Cleveland Fire Brigade is a caring organisation that cares for the public, local communities and staff and we are delighted to pledge our support for such a hugely important campaign.”

The Dying to Work charter outlines:

• Recognising terminal illness requires support and understanding

• Terminally ill employees are secure in the knowledge that they will be supported

• They have security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of actions for themselves and families

• All employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection

Award for winter campaign

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s annual winter Stay Safe and Warm campaign has received a national accolade and a £10,000 cash boost.

The campaign, now in its tenth year, has been given an Energy Impact Award from National Energy Action and British Gas, recognising and rewarding innovation and best practice.

The award, which comes with a £10,000 prize, will fund more heaters and blankets and other new equipment as well as help set-up up a “fuel bank” to provide an emergency fuel top-up for those in greatest need

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Little or no heating can be a matter of life and death and no one should be in that position. But we are here to help and this award is testament to the dedication and hard work of all those involved. This extra funding will go alongside the funding we already receive from our four local authorities, which allows us to provide this vital life-saving service.

  “It is not just older people who are vulnerable and at risk of cold weather during the winter months. Every year we are alerted to a number of families who simply cannot afford to put their heating on and often their young children have to go to bed in their clothes to stay warm.

 “We are ready to give any support that may be needed to ensure everyone stays safe and warm in in winter.”

Electric heaters, thermal blankets, flasks and fleecy mattress covers are available through the Stay Safe and Warm campaign and there is also advice on managing fuel bills and referrals for free boiler repairs or replacements where funding is available.

The campaign, which runs annually from October 1 to March 31, is led by Cleveland Fire Brigade and sees many agencies working together to provide advice and support.

Organisations involved include Age UK Teesside, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils, Middlesbrough Environment City, Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND and Warm Homes Healthy People, Stockton.

The campaign comes as fire brigades across the country together with NHS England, Public Health England, Age UK and the Local Government Association have pledged to tackle health and social problems together to try and reduce the number of winter hospital admissions and winter deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

Stay Safe and Warm campaign

  • Who is eligible?  Anyone who is at risk from the effects of cold, either long or short term
  • What does it cost – it’s a free service to anyone living in Cleveland
  • Not means tested
  • What do we offer? 24 hour, seven day a week support and a response within an hour of being contacted
  • What do we provide?  Portable heaters, electric blankets, thermal blankets, flasks, wind-up lanterns
  • Partners: We can put people in touch with other agencies who can provide other support
  • What age group do we cover? The youngest person we have helped is 16. The oldest 94. There is no restriction.
  • Ring 01429 874063 or go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/warm

Cleveland Fire Brigade launches strategy in drive for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Signing up to new strategy (l to r): Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern Region TUC; Dave Howe, Fire Brigade’s Union; Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton, Councillor Jan Brunton Dobson, Chair, Cleveland Fire Authority and Edwin Jeffries and Duncan Rothwell from Unison

Cleveland Fire Brigade has formally launched a new drive for equality, diversity and inclusion in a bid to help build stronger communities and an inclusive workforce

Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “Our world is changing, our communities are diverse and dynamic and we need to adapt and respond accordingly if we are to continue to keep people safe and build a brighter future for all.

We want to create a work environment of equal opportunities that is free from discrimination and where people thrive and where everyone recognises the positive contribution and value of diversity.

This commitment will help us build on the work we have already been doing and also learning from our experiences.”

The new Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Strategy for the next four years commits to having accessible services that are responsive to the needs of diverse communities, a diverse workforce and a working environment that celebrates and supports equality, diversity and inclusion.

Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority, Councillor Jan Brunton Dobson, said: “As a fire and rescue authority, we firmly believe we can make a real positive difference to the safety and quality of lives of people in our communities and this strategy will help move that forward.”

Other key areas in the strategy include having political and professional leaders who promote equality, diversity and inclusion and procurement to advance equality of opportunity and secure efficiencies

To find out more about the strategy and the work we are doing please log onto: www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/about/equality-diversity-inclusion/