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MFRS SHOWS ITS SUPPORT FOR GAS SAFETY WEEK 2016
Senior Officers from MFRS supported the sixth annual Gas Safety Week, which saw organisations from across the UK work together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly-maintained gas appliances.
GM Gary Oakford travelled to London to support the launch event and took part in radio interviews to promote safety messages. He also contributed an article to the Residential Landlords Association website about the importance of gas safety checks.
SM Mark Jones appeared in a hard-hitting video produced by Gas Safe Register explaining how people can stay safe from gas in their homes. He also delivered a talk at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham about carbon monoxide dangers and the risks it poses to first responders.
Over 6,800 stakeholders signed up to take part in Gas Safety Week 2016, providing a platform for organisations to focus their communications about gas safety in to one week.
MP demands tougher CO alarm regulation following MFRS partnership study
An MP has demanded tougher regulations to ensure the fitting of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all rented properties thanks to work undertaken by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
Margaret Ritchie MP tabled an Early Day Motion in response to a study that revealed that around 50 people a year die from preventable CO poisoning, with low income households most at risk.
The study, which has been running since 2010, has seen MFRS working in partnership with LJMU to determine levels of carbon monoxide in domestic properties.
As part of the research around 24,000 properties were visited across Merseyside between 2010 and 2011, with initial findings showed a startling lack of CO alarm ownership across the county.
The results have prompted
Margaret Ritchie MP to demand
an expansion to current
legislation, which only requires
landlords in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to fit CO alarms in rooms with solid fuel-burning appliances.
Under proposed regulation landlords would be required to fit CO alarms in all rented accommodation to mirror Scotland’s current policy, where all fuel-burning appliances require a CO monitor.
Mark Jones, Station Manager for Community Risk Management (Prevention) said: “We are proud to have been part of this research, which has led to calls for tougher regulations enforcing the fitting of CO alarms.
“By harmonizing regulations for carbon monoxide alarms across the nations of the UK, we can put an end to the needless suffering caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.”
tda granted
award centre
status
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Training & Development Academy in Croxteth has been handed award centre status from the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) for the IFE Level 3 Certificate for Operational Supervisory Managers in Fire and Rescue Services.
The status means that MFRS is now one of only two fire services in the country who can support the qualification.
Staff seeking promotion to supervisory management level are required to undertake a command assessment as part of the Gateway process. They can then chose to register for the IFE Level 3 Certificate.
Operation Training Manager GM Kev Longshaw said:
“This is a huge achievement for the TDA and I extend my thanks to everyone involved in helping to secure the status. I look forward to us supporting many successful candidates in future.
“Having status as an accredited centre is a huge positive step forward and demonstrates further evidence of our commitment to developing staff in their first steps towards management and leadership.”
In order to be considered for the status MFRS was required to submit a portfolio of work detailing its command assessment process.
Such was the quality and content of the portfolio that the IFE is now considering revising its guidance on the qualification to reflect elements included in MFRS procedure.
Under proposed regulation landlords would be required to fit CO alarms in all rented accommodation
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SM Mark Jones appeared at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham
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