Beds Fire ‘Biker Down’ courses for 2019 – Keeping motorcyclists safe on the road

To help Bedfordshire bikers know what to do if they are see a “biker down” Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is running free courses during the year for motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs in the county.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting Wholetime Firefighters

Throughout January Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are running a recruitment campaign for Wholetime (also known as full-time) Firefighters. The recruitment period opens on 4 January and closes on 8 February 2019.

Ambulance bosses thank staff and volunteers for their hard work over the Christmas period

Ambulance bosses have thanked staff, volunteers and patients alike for the hard work of frontline teams and using NHS services wisely over the Christmas period.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) revealed that on Christmas Eve it received 2,898 calls, 25 per cent less than last year when call handlers dealt with 3,850 calls.

This year saw 3,109 calls on Christmas Day, 19 per cent less than 2017 when it received 3,843 calls.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority consult on 2019/20 Council Tax

The Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority (BFRA) is asking local people if they would support an increase in Council Tax of just over 5 pence a week, or £2.86 a year (2.99%) on the current Band D Council Tax of £95.59 to support the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2019/20.

HMICFRS Inspection of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services’ (HMICFRS) has published its inspection report into Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS).

The HMICFRS report grades the Service on three separate areas of work: Effectiveness, Efficiency and People.

BFRS has been judged as ‘Good‘ for Effectiveness and ‘requires improvement’ for the areas of ‘Efficiency’ and ‘People’.

Emollient cream build-up in fabric can lead to fire deaths

People who use emollient creams to treat dry and itchy skin conditions are being warned that residue can build up on fabrics, such as clothing or bedding, and cause them to catch fire more easily

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service: Put fire safety at the top of your Christmas list

Don’t let fire ruin festive cheer this Christmas
Christmas dinner, wrapping presents, decorating your home – there’s lots to think about this Christmas. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) is urging residents in Bedfordshire to put fire safety at top of their Christmas lists.

While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant during the festive season. This is why BFRS is asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.

How a ‘Message in a Bottle’ could save a life

Users store vital medial information in their fridge

At the recent Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch meeting, delegates were given their own ‘Message in a Bottle’.

These small plastic bottles help to save vulnerable people’s lives. Issued by the Lions Club, this free scheme is used by emergency and social services personnel to find vital medical information and emergency contacts.

A counterfeit Christmas present could be a fire hazard

According to safety campaigners Electrical Safety First the number of counterfeit and sub-standard electrical goods sold online has increased considerably in recent years.

The number of fake mobile phones seized has risen by more than 50% with other top electrical fakes including hair straighteners, e-cigarettes chargers and games.

Worryingly their research shows that:

24% of people have knowingly bought a counterfeit product
21% would consider buying one in order to save money
16% do not think counterfeit products could put them at risk

16 days of activism against gender-based violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence, especially against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

During this year’s campaign the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership will be highlighting hidden victims; including male victims, older people, children, young people and the LGBT community.

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