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Steve Owen-Hughes appointed Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer

Steve Owen-Hughes has been appointed Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Owen-Hughes (pictured right) joined the service in 2010 as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and has been acting in the role of chief for the past few months. He said: “It’s a great honour to have been appointed to serve Surrey … Continue reading

More than 1,500 responses received so far as fire consultation enters final week

With a week left to run in the fire service consultation on proposals to make Surrey safer, 1,550 responses have already been received. The key proposal is for a big increase in prevention work to stop incidents happening in the first place. Firefighters would go into many more homes, schools and workplaces to help people … Continue reading

First graduates from joint Surrey and Sussex firefighter training course showcase skills at passing out parade

New fire service recruits showcased their skills at a passing out parade after completing 13 weeks of training. Twenty-four recruits demonstrated what they’ve learned during the first Surrey and Sussex “tri-service” course for full-time firefighters. The fire services in Surrey, East and West Sussex joined forces to run the intensive course which began in January … Continue reading

VIDEO: Cabinet member sets out plans to move Surrey’s fire and rescue HQ

The county council’s Cabinet has approved plans to relocate Surrey’s fire and rescue headquarters and other key facilities and upgrade Reigate Fire Station. Watch Denise Turner-Stewart, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, set out how the plans will enable closer working with partners, “drive further service improvements” and provide equipment and technology that … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey fire chief on plans to prevent emergencies happening in the first place

Watch Steve Owen-Hughes, Acting Chief Fire Officer for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, outline proposed changes aimed at preventing emergencies happening in the first place. Find out more out about the proposals here and here.

Surrey firefighters to get closer to communities to help prevent emergencies happening in the first place

Firefighters will work more closely with communities to prevent emergencies happening in the first place under a new plan to make Surrey a safer place to live. They will go into schools, colleges, workplaces, homes and support groups to help people with “lifelong” safety, protecting them not just against house fires but also other kinds … Continue reading

VIDEO: Behind the scenes as new fire service recruits train to keep people safe

Take a look behind the scenes as new fire service recruits are put through their paces during training. Three fire services have joined forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are … Continue reading

Joint fire emergency mobilising system for Surrey and West Sussex

Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services are to move to a joint 999 mobilising system. It follows a decision taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February). West Sussex made a full assessment of the options available for mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services. It … Continue reading

Fire services join forces for firefighter course

Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the 13-week course which started on Monday 14 January. Twenty-four recruits are taking part – 12 from Surrey, eight … Continue reading

Electric fire engine to visit Surrey this week

This vehicle will be taking to Surrey’s roads later this week when the fire service becomes the first in the country to try out an electric fire engine. Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck, which has barely any exhaust emissions and boasts a range of other innovative features, will be based with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service … Continue reading

Surrey fire chief to lead civilian services at national Remembrance Sunday parade

Surrey’s fire chief is to lead members of the civilian services at the national service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Sunday. Steve Owen-Hughes (pictured right) has been asked to lead one of two detachments of the Civilian Services Contingent, made up of staff from the fire, police, ambulance and prison services, as well as St … Continue reading

Firefighters issue safety warnings following spate of incidents linked to warm weather

Surrey firefighters have issued fire and water safety warnings following a spate of incidents linked to the warm weather. Fires can start and spread more quickly on dry sunny days so Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care with barbecues and cigarettes and avoid having bonfires. And while it may … Continue reading

Recycling company fined £30,000 after fire at Surrey plant

A recycling company has been fined following an explosion and fire at their site in Surrey which left a worker in an induced coma. Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd, of Lewes Road, East Sussex, was fined £30,000 following a joint investigation by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and the Health and Safety Executive. It was also … Continue reading

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer recognised in New Year Honours

Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year Honours. Russell Pearson was honoured for outstanding service to the emergency services and the public. Mr Pearson joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in 1992 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2007. David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Road safety show opens up to the public; Starring role for actress at library; Heathrow consultation under way

Road safety show opens up to the public A public performance of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s award-winning road safety show takes place in Dorking on Wednesday, November 8. Safe Drive, Stay Alive is aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds who are about to begin driving and features a live performance alongside a series of films … Continue reading

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