Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issue carbon monoxide warning
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is targeting the residents of Cornwall to highlight the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home through the use of gas appliances, solid fuel/wood burners and open fires following an incident in Polruan.
The incident in the early hours of this morning (03 September) has once again highlighted the importance of having a carbon monoxide alarm in your home.
At 01:50 this morning a 999 call was received from a property where a carbon monoxide alarm had started sounding. The occupant had evacuated the property and gone to a neighbour’s home to call 999 for assistance. An appliance from Polruan was mobilised and on arrival firefighters tested for and found carbon monoxide. The source of the gas was confirmed as coming from an open fire with a defective chimney flue. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear any remaining carbon monoxide from the premise. The occupant of the property was allowed to return home when crews confirmed the carbon monoxide was cleared and advice was given to get the chimney checked out.
Watch manager Mark Pratten from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service explains:
“Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Carbon-based fuels are safe to use, it is only when the fuel does not burn properly that excess CO is produced, which is poisonous. When CO enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.
We want to raise awareness and provide education to the people of Cornwall regarding the dangers of this silent killer, it is important to understand that carbon monoxide can be produced in many different ways not just by a gas boiler or appliance. We are therefore asking people to be CO aware and to take the following steps to avoid becoming a victim.”
- Purchase a Carbon Monoxide detector to European Standards EN50291and place it in your home (refer to manufacturers guidelines) test it regularly, keep the sensor free from dust and well maintained. A portable detector could also be taken with you on holiday to help safeguard you and your family.
- Have your appliances properly installed and regularly serviced by qualified installers. With gas this means Gas Safe Registered. Ask about training and experience. Ensure that your gas fitter is not only Gas Safe Registered but also qualified to work on that appliance and uses a flue gas analyser to check for the silent killer, CO-Gas. You can check the individual's ID number with the Gas Safe Register to make sure he or she is qualified to undertake work on particular appliances (e.g. gas fires not just boilers). Chimneys and flues must be swept regularly and appliances checked once a year by fully qualified engineer/sweep.
- Do not block vents. Make sure you have some ventilation and wear extra clothes/ bedclothes to keep warm.
- If you are removing hot products of combustion(ashes) from your open fire at the end of the day, please ensure they are removed to fresh air in a metal bucket and extinguished properly in a safe environment.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can have tragic results so KNOW THE DANGERS
More information on the dangers of carbon monoxide is available on our website or call our 24 hr freephone fire safety helpline on 0800 3581 999 for more information on our home fire safety service.
Story posted 3 September 2015
Affordable housing on the agenda for Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting
Residents of the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area are being invited to find out more about affordable housing at the Community Network Panel meeting on 10 September.
The Panel will discuss the amount of affordable housing being delivered as part of new developments in the area and the use of Section 106 funding. Cornwall Council officers will be on hand to answer questions about affordable housing policies and procedures.
Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.
Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 14 parishes in the community network: Egloshayle, Padstow, St Breock, St Endellion, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Kew, St Mabyn, St Merryn, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands, St Tudy and Wadebridge.
The meeting takes place on Thursday 10 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Egloshayle Pavilions. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.
Story posted 3 September 2015
Free training events to help takeaway businesses meet legal conditions
The Cornwall Community Safety Partnership, which includes Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Immigration Enforcement, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Housing are offering free training to those running food takeaway businesses in Cornwall.
The training will offer advice and guidance on a variety of topics including health and safety, food safety, public health and licensing. There will also be sessions on fire safety and employment responsibilities, including those relating to migrant workers, and housing.
Those running takeaway establishments will receive an invitation to attend one of the training sessions taking place on:-
- 14 September - St Clare Committee Room, Penzance
- 15 September - Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne
- 16 September - Carrick House, Truro
- 21 September - Luxstowe House, Liskeard
- 22 September - Bodmin Police Head Quarters
- 23 September - Bodmin Police Head Quarters
Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown says: “I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer and enhance their business reputation. There are many aspects to running a successful takeaway food business and we want operators to be aware of and comply with all their legal obligations. We will be following up the offer of free training with a series of multi-agency visits across Cornwall to assess the success of the training. We’ll also be visiting those businesses that have chosen not to take up the offer of the free training to assess their needs and to make sure they are complying with their legal responsibilities.”
To reserve a place on the course please contact the Council’s Business Support Team on 01208 893133.
Story posted 28 August 2015
Public meeting to hear views on Carbis Bay planning applications
Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on several planning applications at Carbis Bay Holiday Park, Laity Lane. The applications are for 34 dwellings and associated works on Site A, 49 houses on Site B and 35 dwellings on Site C.
The public meeting will be held at St Uny School on Polmenor Drive in Carbis Bay at 6pm on Wednesday 9 September. All are welcome and on arrival will be able to register their wish to speak.
The public meeting is an opportunity for councillors to hear from local people on all sides of the debate and no decision will be taken on the day.
The planning application will be considered by the West Sub Area Planning Committee at its meeting due to be held on Monday 21 September at Committee Room 1, Council Offices, St Clare, Penzance.
Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register - visit the online planning register and use reference numbers; PA15/06282, PA15/02691 and PA15/06284.
Story posted 28 August 2015
Cornwall Council is proud to be part of Cornwall Pride
Cornwall Council is supporting this year’s Cornwall Pride event in Truro on Saturday 29 August 2015 and are proud to be flying the rainbow flag at New County Hall over the Pride weekend.
Cornwall Pride celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities of Cornwall in a fun and inclusive event. Cornwall Council will be there to promote its services and opportunities, and show its support for the communities it serves. Representatives from the Council will join the parade, which will be opened by Cornwall Council Chair Ann Kerridge and starting at 11am from Lemon Quay, and will be in Victoria Gardens, where revellers will gather after the parade.
Information will be available about adoption, fostering and adult education. We will also be asking people to tell us what they think could be done to improve equality and equality of opportunity across Cornwall.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be there to talk about careers within the service as well as being on hand to give advice and guidance on community fire safety. There will be an opportunity for you to share your views on our draft Integrated Risk Management Plan which is currently out for consultation and a number of our firefighters will be in attendance with some of their emergency vehicles.
The Council will also be promoting the services and support on offer from its Registration Service for those who may be planning a marriage or civil ceremony in Cornwall. The registration service can provide information about venues licensed to host a civil ceremony and offer support for that special day.
Representatives from the Safer Cornwall Partnership which includes Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, will be talking about their ongoing ‘what will you drink cost?’ Campaign. The campaign delivers educational and preventive messages on the risks of drinking too much alcohol, and where to find help to cut down. Representatives from the LGBT PACT (Partners and Communities Together) will also be there to discuss specific issues and provide information on what advice and support is available. They will also be advising people on how to report hate crime incidents and encouraging attendance at the Hate Crime Conference at Truro College on the 19 September.
Cllr John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council with responsibility for equality and diversity said “We endeavour to make Cornwall fully inclusive by setting an example in all we do. By participating in the Pride event we intend to show our intent and ability to support the whole community and the range of services we offer. Having attended Pride, it is also great fun!”.
Events in Redruth celebrate site of Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre (2)
Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is celebrating the news of an £11.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, with a range of activities and events celebrating the former Redruth Brewery which will be the site of Kresen Kernow.
To tie in with the national Heritage Open Day scheme and Redruth’s International Mining and Pasty Festival, there will be free guided walking tours of the area on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September leaving from Redruth Community Centre. Find out about life at the brewery in the past, and the luminaries – such as William Murdoch – who had connections to it.
On Saturday 12 September further free events and activities will be held at the Community Centre, including exhibitions related to brewing and pubs in the town and the premiere of an animation about the site’s history, made by Tough Dough and children from Trewirgie Junior School, with input from former brewery workers.
Complementary activities will also be available at the Cornish Studies Library, in Alma Place, on both days where documents and artefacts from the Redruth Brewery will be exhibited by the Trevithick Society.
Iain Rowe, Learning Officer for the Service, says: “We are delighted with the news that Kresen Kernow will bring the brewery site back to life. In honour of this we’re celebrating its long history through these free activities, and we’d love for you to join us to find out more about the brewery’s fascinating history and its illustrious and international connections.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture Julian German said: “These events will help us appreciate the rich history of Redruth as we look forward to a new archive centre which will inspire us to celebrate Cornwall’s distinct identity and history.”
For further information, or to book a place on a guided walk, please contact email@example.com or telephone 01872 323 127.
Photo one: People in Redruth hearing about the plans for Kresen Kernow. Photo two: An artist’s impression of what the finished site will look like
Story posted: 27 August 2015
Suicide prevention partnership to hold saving lives event
Around 60-70 people in Cornwall die by suicide each year and that number is consistently higher than might be expected for the size of the population.
To raise awareness about the issue an event is being held at County Hall in Truro on 10 September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day.
The event has been organised by Sara Roberts, consultant in public health at Cornwall Council. She says “The theme for Suicide Prevention Day this year is ‘reaching out: saving lives’. We want to reach out to join others around the world to address this important public health problem,but we are doing it with a very local focus. So we’ll be exploring a number of different ways of reaching out to save lives in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - reaching out to the suicide prevention community, reaching out to vulnerable individuals to show them that someone cares and to put them in touch with relevant services, and reaching out to support those who have been bereaved by suicide.”
The event forms part of a collaborative programme in South West England, through which local partnerships are working together with a shared aim towards achieving ‘zero suicides’. It will be attended by people who work in public, private or voluntary sectors to support people who may be at risk of suicide, or to reduce risk at a population level, and representatives of people who have experience of suicidal risk.
It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads someone to think that suicide is the only course of action. People who have experienced this suggest that just having someone reach out to them at that crucial time to show care and concern can really help. Dr. Chris Hamilton, a consultant clinical psychologist at Outlook South West, the largest provider of talking therapies in Cornwall, will be encouraging participants to think about their own role as individuals. He says “if we see someone who is distressed, we should have the courage to ask them if they are ok. Just listening to what they have to say can give them time to think and reflect and it can make a huge difference.”
Councillor Jeremy Rowe, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board added: “Every suicide is a tragedy for the person concerned and the people left behind. There is no single or simple solution to this, so I welcome this event bringing people together from a number of different organisations to share information and work together.”
Isolation increases the risk of suicide and, conversely, having strong social connections is protective against it. Therefore, being there for someone who has become disconnected can be life-saving. The support of family and friends is crucial, but it is often not enough. It may also be necessary to put vulnerable individuals in touch with relevant services. Attendees at the event will find out about how local services are working together to prevent suicides. There will be a formal agenda of speakers, but also plenty of opportunity to network. A ‘market place’ of service provider stalls will provide information about the support services available locally.
Suicide is devastating for families, friends and community members who are left behind. In Cornwall & Isles of Scilly we are fortunate to have a Suicide Liaison Service to provide professional support following suicide bereavement, but everyone can be encouraged to offer a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear, reaching out to give someone who has been bereaved by suicide the opportunity to talk about their loss, in their own time, on their own terms.
Story posted: 27 August 2015
Fire, Rescue and Community Safety service consultation needs you!
Cornwall Council’s Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service is preparing for its three year Integrated Risk Management and Service Plan with a Cornwall wide consultation. The consultation will help shape what the service plans to do from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.
Like all public services we are facing reducing budgets with fewer resources to deliver services to the people of Cornwall. This means we need to think differently about how we can deliver essential services with less money, or consider how we work in partnership with other organisations to deliver wider services more efficiently.
To ensure that we are focusing on the right areas we need your views.
We welcome comments from all members of our community irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle or beliefs. We want to actively engage with employees, elected Members, partners and communities.
Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, says “Your opinions really do matter. By telling us what you think you are helping us to make decisions about where we focus our activities and shape the services we deliver.”
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker added ”We pride ourselves on open and regular engagement with our communities as we continue ‘Working together to make Cornwall Safer’. I recognise that we face challenging times ahead but, with flexibility and by working together, we can continue to deliver an excellent 24/7, 365 days a year service to communities, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.
“Please take the time to have your say and help us to shape our projects and activities across the Fire, Rescue and Community Safety service."
You can get involved and let us have your views by completing the online survey: www.cornwall.gov.uk/fireconsultation.
Also keep a look out for updates on our website and social media; on Twitter @CornwallFRS and on Facebook www.facebook.com/CornwallFRS. Don’t forget to use #YourSafetyYourViews.
Story posted: 25 August 2015
If you have any questions or would like to find out other ways to get involved please contact us:
Post: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, FREEPOST (SWB999) Truro TR1 3ZZ
Freephone: 0800 3581 999