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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service marks 50 years of community service

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Celebrating 50 years of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is commemorating its 50th anniversary, marking half a century of dedicated service to the Tyne and Wear community.

The year-long celebration aims to reflect on the past achievements and honour the continuous efforts and contributions made by its personnel over the decades.

As part of the festivities, TWFRS is initiating various projects, including a special anniversary video, a commemorative brochure, and a time capsule, inviting public participation to enrich these events.

The time capsule, set to be opened in another 50 years, will house photographs, memorabilia, and messages from the community, stakeholders, current employees, and retired firefighters.

It will be placed at Hebburn Tri Station, the pioneering carbon-neutral emergency services facility in the country that will open in April, marking the start of the 50th year.

History and evolution of TWFRS

The formation of TWFRS in 1974 brought together several regional fire brigades, creating a robust entity that has since become a pillar of safety in the North East.

From its inaugural major incident in 1975 at Brandon House in Benwell to modern-day challenges, the service has been a cornerstone in fire prevention and response.

Chief Fire Officer, Peter Heath, shared his thoughts: “On behalf of all staff and our Fire Authority I am very privileged to be leading the Service during our 50th year and to be celebrating this significant milestone with staff and the communities we serve.”

From its humble beginnings to now covering 1.1 million residents with 17 stations, the growth of TWFRS has been notable.

“The evolution of the service could not have been possible without the hard work and commitment demonstrated by every team member past and present,” Heath added.

Community and future outlook

Councillor Phil Tye, Chairperson of the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, also commented on the service’s integral role within the community: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is an integral part of local communities.

“In spite of some very challenging financial settlements from Government over the last ten years the Service has and continues to perform exceptionally well.”

The anniversary also includes a call to the public to share their old videos, photographs, and memories to aid in the creation of the anniversary video, time capsule, and brochure.

These contributions can be sent to [email protected], as the service looks forward to another year of celebration and commitment.

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