LATEST NEWS FROM DERBYSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE
Shop Fire In Chesterfield
Monday 18th August 2014 - 14:00 Part of Stephenson Place is currently cordoned off after a fire at the Save The Children shop in Chesterfield.
A spokesman for the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has told The Chesterfield Post that a fire was reported at 11.47 am and four fire fighters were in attendance at the blaze - described as being in a ground floor terrace shop.
Crews are still in attendance at the scene though the fire is reported as being out. A fire Investigation Officer is on the way and the road remains cordoned off. No injuries are reported.
Chesterfield Royal Confirms No-one Hurt Following Fire Scare
Wednesday 30th July 2014 Chesterfield Royal Hospital has said this morning that their Accident and Emergency is now running normally after two fire alarms triggered evacuations last night.
A statement last evening (Tuesday 29th July) on the hospital's Facebook page confirmed that no patients were hurt after their Emergency Department had to be evacuated.
It read, "Patients in the Emergency Department were moved to a safe area earlier this evening as a precautionary measure - following sparks in one..." READ MORE...
Fire At Chesterfield's Queen's Park Annexe
Monday 21st July 2014 Fire crews were in attendance during the early hours of Monday morning, at a fire on the site of the Queen's Park Annexe.
A spokesman for the Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service said, "At 22.53pm, fire crews from Chesterfield, Staveley and Clay Cross attended a building fire at Queen's Park Annexe on Boythorpe Road.
"Fire was in a single story sports building approximately 20m x 10m in size, which was well alight. Fire crews used three main lines to put out the fire and Police were in attendance."
Trading Standards Issue An E-Cig Safety Alert
Wednesday 18th June 2014 Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to be extra vigilant when charging electronic cigarettes following incidents where the devices have exploded in people's homes.
Derbyshire County Council's trading standards team have issued the warning after several reports of electronic cigarette batteries overheating or exploding while being charged.
In one incident last October, a 68-year-old woman living in a private care home in Hasland, Chesterfield, died following a fire in her room... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue To Recruit Reserve Firefighters
Wednesday 21st May 2014
In 2013, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) balloted its members regarding industrial action in respect of an on-going dispute with the Government on Pension Reform.
Since the 2013 ballot, several periods of industrial action have taken place. Utilising Reserve Firefighters recruited last year, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority has satisfied its legal obligation under the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004 and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 - and ensured it has been able to continue to provide an emergency response throughout any local industrial action. READ MORE...
Are You Dying 2 Drive?
Thursday 15th May 2014 Several young students were involved in a two collision outside Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road on Monday morning.
Sadly, one lost his life - whilst others were treated for their injuries at the scene, with Fire crews, Police and Ambulance personnel battling in the dreadful weather conditions to free the teenagers for over half an hour. One arrest was made by police officers attending.
Actually, there was an accident on Monday morning but thankfully, it was an exercise staged by the College, in partnership with... READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...
Hoarding Awareness Week - The Hidden Dangers Of Hoarding
Monday 12th May 2014 Compulsive hoarding is a debilitating psychological condition that is only just beginning to be recognised and one that can lead to issues regarding the health, wellbeing and fire safety of all occupants of a hoarding property.
As part of the UK's first ever Hoarding Awareness Week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has joined forces with partners from Telecare, Derby Homes, Derby City Council, NHS, Environment Protection, Housing Standards, Healthy Housing, Social Services and AGE UK to hold the countries first ever Hoarding Awareness Event on the 16th May 2014, from 10am until 3pm, at the... READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Called To Mastin Moor Road Collision
Monday 24th March 2014 On Saturday 22nd March, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to a road traffic collision in Mastin Moor, Derbyshire, where three people were injured and three cars involved.
DLRAA were called out at approximately 11:20am and landed at the scene at around 11:36am. Each of the patients were assessed for their injuries by the crew and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
One of the patients, a 60-year old man, was still trapped in his... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Chief Fire Officer Charged With Rape
Friday 14th March 2014 It's been revealed this morning that Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer, Sean Frayne, 47, has been charged with rape.
A statement from Derbyshire police this morning read, "Derbyshire Constabulary can confirm that Sean Frayne has been charged with an offence of rape of a woman (16 years of age and over) under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Mr Frayne of Etwall, was arrested in February 2014, was charged yesterday afternoon, and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Monday March 31st, 2014.
The charge relates to an alleged incident in Etwall in..." READ MORE...
Derbyshire FRS Outline Proposed Emergency Response Model
Thursday 13th February 2014
Following a comprehensive 12 week consultation - and subsequent evaluation - Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) today presented a series of proposals in relation to the "Transforming Service Delivery - Fit to Respond in 2022 and Beyond" project to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority, at its first meeting of the year.
From the 1st October until the 23rd December 2013, through a range of consultation activities, DFRS sought views from stakeholders on 14 proposals that would form a new emergency response model for Derbyshire. READ MORE...
Major Travel And Train Disruption Tonight
Wednesday 12th February 2014 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has said tonight that residents should consider their journeys very carefully as the county continues to be hit by very high winds.
They also ask that anyone who has to travel should leave extra time and pay attention to "Road Closed" signs. Their control room is receiving a high volume of calls about structural damage and fallen trees this evening and the service would like to remind people that 999 is for emergency use only.
East Midlands Train Services have also been disrupted and they... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Help With Floods In Other Counties
Wednesday 12th February 2014 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has said tonight that it is currently involved in providing on-going support to areas of the country currently affected by severe flooding.
In January, the Service deployed equipment, including a high volume pump (HVP), to Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, to assist them with the pumping of flood water that has been affecting the region for several weeks.
On Tuesday 11th February, a specialist water rescue team was deployed from the Service to assist Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service with... READ MORE...
Large Pub Fire At Danesmoor
Tuesday 21st January 2014 - 08:30 Fire crews from seven stations - including Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Belper, Danesmoor, Ripley and Staveley - have been in attendance overnight at the scene of a large fire at a pub on Plisley Road, Danesmoor.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service say that 5 pumps and various support vehicles were also at the blaze which swept through the Park House Pub in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The latest we have is that crews are still attendance at the scene and that an investigation into the cause of the blaze will take place later with the police. We will have more as we get it.
Warning Of Increased Fire Risk Caused By Illegal Cigarettes
Wednesday 18th December 2013 Smokers are being warned about the increased fire as well as health risks of buying cheap illicit cigarettes.
Derbyshire County Council found that all the illicit tobacco products seized in recent raids were missing vital safety features which help to prevent house fires.
Since 2011, all cigarettes sold in the UK should by law be manufactured with narrow bands of fire retardant paper, called 'speed bumps', which greatly reduce the risk of them continuing to burn if they are left unattended, such as when they are dropped or a smoker falls asleep. READ MORE...
Fire Brigade Union Announce Three New Strike Dates
Tuesday 17th December 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has said it has now received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on, Tuesday, 24th December 2013, from 7pm until midnight, Tuesday, 31st December 2013, from 6:30pm until Wednesday, 1st January 2014, at 12:30am and finally on Friday, 3rd January 2014 from 6:30am until 8:30am.
As stated previously, during times of industrial action, DFRS confirm that they will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, and are once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra... READ MORE...
Fire Brigade Union Announces Further Strike Action
Friday 6th December 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Friday, 13th December 2013, from 6pm until 10pm and Saturday, 14th December 2013, also from 6pm until 10pm.
During times of industrial action, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS is once again calling upon Derbyshire communities to take extra care and endeavour to prevent further emergencies from occurring during this and any subsequent... READ MORE...
MP Natascha Engel To Hold Consultation On Fire Station
Wednesday 4th December 2013
Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, is to hold a public meeting about the future of Dronfield Fire Station and Derbyshire Fire Authority's plans for fire stations across the county.
The meeting will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 8th December 2013. The meeting will be held in the Gosforth Lodge in Cliffe Park, Dronfield.
Natascha Engel said, "Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are consulting on plans to close nine fire stations across the county. Dronfield is one of them. READ MORE...
Faulty Electrical Wiring Blamed For North Wingfield Fire
Wednesday 27th November 2013 Following a joint investigation between Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police into the cause of a house fire at Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield on the 20th November 2013, where tragically four people lost their lives, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is now able to release its findings into the cause of that fire.
Thorough investigations point to an accidental fire caused by a fault in electrical wiring between the ground and first floor of the North Wingfield property.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would once again like to ... READ MORE...
Tributes Paid To Victims As Police State Fire "Not Suspicious"
Friday 22nd November 2013 Police investigating a fire at a house in North Wingfield in which four people died have said that they do not believe the cause to be suspicious at this stage, as the families and Local MP pay tribute to the four victims.
It has also been revealed that post mortem examinations carried out yesterday revealed all four died from smoke inhalation. Investigations into the exact cause of the fire are continuing.
Meanwhile, Lynn Leighton has issued a statement following the... READ MORE...
Investigations Into North Wingfield House Fire Continue
Thursday 21st November 2013 Investigations into the cause of a house fire in North Wingfield, in which four people died, have continued this morning.
Police and Fire Investigators remain at the house on Williamthorpe Road where two women and two young boys died.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 5am yesterday, Wednesday, November 20th.
Claire James, 27, (pictured), Josie Leighton, 32 and her two... READ MORE...
Police Name Victims In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 Police have confirmed the names of four people who died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
Emergency services were called to the house at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two women, Claire James, 27, and Josie Leighton, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Two boys, aged nine and 12-years-old, were also in the house... READ MORE...
Four Confirmed Dead In North Wingfield House Fire
Wednesday 20th November 2013 12:15
Police can confirm four people have died in a house fire on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield.
As we reported earlier, Emergency services were called to the scene at 5am today, Wednesday, November 20th.
Two adults and two children have died as a result of the fire. A third child is currently in hospital being treated for minor injuries. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out by the police and fire service. READ MORE...
House Fire In North Wingfield
Wednesday 20th November 2013 - 09:15 Police and emergency services are on the scene of a house fire at North Wingfield this morning.
Police say they received the call at 05:10 am to the property on Williamthorpe Road and remain in attendance at the scene along with the Ambulance and Fire Services. Due to the ongoing nature of the incident no details are yet being released by the police but they will be updating press shortly.
Williamthorpe Road is closed, and will remain so for some time. Diversions are in place. READ MORE...
Fire Brigades Union Announce Further Strike Action Today
Wednesday 13th November 2013 A reminder that further industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will take place today from 10am until 2pm.
In addition to this latest announcement, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has received notification that the FBU will be balloting its members on the potential to also take action short of a strike, for example only responding to emergency incidents.
Further information regarding this ballot, and any potential impact to DFRS' emergency response, will be communicated after the close of ballot which is understood to be the 4th December 2013. READ MORE...
Investigation Into Chesterfield Residential Home Fire Complete
Friday 8th November 2013 At 12:13am on Sunday 13th October 2013, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend the report of a fire and explosion at Brookholme Croft residential nursing home in Chesterfield.
The fire involved a single bedroom in the residential nursing home, from which Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued an elderly lady and extinguished the fire.
The lady received treatment at the scene from ambulance staff and was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment. Sadly, the lady later died... READ MORE...
Further Fire Service Strikes Loom After Recent Postponement
Wednesday 30th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigade Unions (FBU) national ballot for strike action, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has announced that their FBU members will again take strike action.
The two proposed strikes will take place on Friday 1st November from 6:30pm until 11:30pm and Monday 4th November from 6:00am until 8:00am.
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. It is therefore essential that local communities and businesses take extra care and endeavour to prevent emergencies from occurring.
FBU's Fire Service Strike Action For Saturday Is Cancelled
Friday 18th October 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has this afternoon received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that the national industrial action scheduled to take place on Saturday, 19th October 2013 from 6.30pm until 11.30pm, has been cancelled.
This is not a conclusion of the negotiations, just a postponement to enable further talks.
Reservist Fire Crews first provided resilience cover for the Industrial action on the 25th September 2013, following the FBUs ballot for national strike... READ MORE...
Take Extra Care During Fire Service Strike Action
Friday 18th October 2013 As we reported earlier this week, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) will be taking part in a second period of national industrial action tomorrow, Saturday 19th October 2013 from 18:30 until 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).
Whilst the DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level, during the strike period, it as at a time which can usually be a busy one for the fire service, as many people are at home with their families and many more are out and about socialising. Many people will be at home preparing a meal during this time, or returning from a night out and feeling hungry. The kitchen... READ MORE...
Further Date Announced For Fire Service Strike In Derbyshire
Tuesday 15th October 2013 Following the result of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), national ballot for strike action and subsequent industrial action on the 25th September 2013, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has received notification that FBU members will take further strike action on Saturday, 19th October 2013, from 18:30 hours to 23:30 (6:30pm to 11:30pm).
During these times, DFRS will continue to provide an emergency response service, albeit at a reduced level. DFRS previously thanked Derbyshire communities for heeding advice and preventing emergencies from occurring during the industrial action on the 25th September. READ MORE & AUDIO...
Appeal After A Chesterfield House Window Is Damaged By Fire
Tuesday 1st October 2013 Police are appealing for information after a house window was damaged by fire in Chesterfield.
Fire crews were called to Milton Crescent, Birdholme, at around 4pm on Sunday, September 29th. A decorative wishing well on the front garden of the house had been destroyed by fire and the windows of the property also suffered damage.
It's not known what caused the fire but police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information to contact them on 101, the non emergency number, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Take Extra Care On The Roads During Industrial Action
Wednesday 25th September 2013 With strike action due to begin today, (Wednesday 25th September), Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public to take extra care during periods of industrial action.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during this period, albeit at a reduced level, DFRS is calling upon motorists and businesses to help to prevent emergencies from occurring.
Following notification that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is... READ MORE...
Don't Make Unnecessary 999 Calls As Fire Service Strike Looms
Tuesday 24th September 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging members of the public not to make unnecessary 999 calls - particularly during periods of industrial action.
DFRS has received notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) that their members will take part in national industrial action for 4 hours tomorrow, Wednesday, 25th September 2013 from 12 noon until 4pm.
Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during these periods, albeit at a reduced level, it is essential that members... READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After Suspected Arson Attack
Friday 23rd August 2013 Police are appealing for information about a suspected arson attack on an empty property in Clay Cross.
Emergency services were called to the house on John Street just before 7am today (Friday, August 23rd) after the front door was set alight. Extensive damage was caused to the front door but the neighbouring properties were not affected. It is believed the fire was started deliberately.
Police are appealing for anyone with any information about the fire to call the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Suspected Fire Prompts Action To Seal Off Vicar Lane
Wednesday 24th July 2013 Vicar Lane has been sealed off by Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Services after a suspected fire.
Crews are currently attending outside the Neue Look clothing store in the shopping centre in Chesterfield Town, after smoke was seen to be coming from the rear of the building.
Shoppers and staff have been evacuated while it is attended to.
We will have more details as we have them.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Recruiting Reserve Fire Crew
Wednesday 24th July 2013
With possible industrial action looming for the Fire Service Union, local Fire Crew bosses have initiated contingency plans which mean that they are looking to recruit reserve fire crews who would serve in the advent of strike action.
A statement issued by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service today says, "The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently balloting its members regarding industrial action over their dispute with the Government on Pension Reform. This ballot is due to close on the 29th August 2013." READ MORE...
Serious Gas Leak Prompts Road Closures In Chesterfield
Friday 19th July 2013
Emergency services in Chesterfield have now re-opened roads that were closed this afternoon due to a serious gas leak.
The police were alerted at 2pm that a gas main was leaking at the building site of the new Aldi store off Sheffield Road in the town.
The Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service advised that premises in the area should be evacuated as a precaution - including the PROACT Stadium - and that process had begun when the leak was sealed by National Grid engineers. READ MORE...
Warning Over Moorland Fire Risk In The Peak District
Friday 19th July 2013 People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park after some of the hottest July days on record.
Lack of rain in recent weeks has dried out the moors making them especially vulnerable to fires which harm wildlife, destroy rare plants and cause erosion, taking years to regenerate.
People are asked never to light barbecues or campfires when they visit the moors. They should also never drop cigarette ends... READ MORE...
Fire Crews Praised By Fire Chiefs After Sheffield Blaze
Sunday 14th July 2013 After a large fire took hold at the site of a plastics firm at Attercliffe in Sheffield this afternoon, with crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in attendance, and black smoke seen throughout much of Chesterfield a further statement has been issued tonight by South Yorkshire Fire Service.
Fire Chiefs have praised crews at the scene and say that they hope that the damage was contained to the site itself - with neighbouring properties and businesses safe.
It confirms that, as of 18.45 pm this evening, there were still ten... READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire Service Helping Out South Yorks Fire Service
Sunday 14th July 2013 Derbyshire Fire Service is currently helping South Yorkshire colleagues at the site of a large fire in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield.
Ten fire appliances and around fifty firefighters are dealing with a huge blaze in a plastics factory on Foley Street. Early reports are that the fire initially involved nearby refuse, and spread to the factory, involving around 20 tonnes of plastic.
Fire crews were first called at 2.30pm. There are no reports of any casualties but a large plume of black smoke is spreading across the local area, and local people are advised to go indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.
For up-to-date information on this fire, follow the South Yorks Fire Service's Twitter feed @syfr
Fire Service Statement - Fire At Stone Lane, New Whittington
The statement reads, "Following numerous calls from members of the public, at 11.49 hours on the 25th June, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a fire on Stone Lane, New Whittington.
Fire Crews from Dronfield and Bolsover initially attended the fire with further crews from Clay Cross and Sheffield's Low Edges and Mansfield Road Fire Station attending to assist with a rapidly spreading fire. READ MORE...
Life Carries On In New Whittington After Blaze Drama
Tuesday 25th June 2013 New Whittington is slowly returning to normal tonight after police have confirmed that the fire at Stone Lane is out, and the roads around it have all reopened.
The owners of the property that caught fire have tonight been taken by fire officers to look at the damage caused by the blaze.
Investigations have begun to ascertain the cause of the fire with the East Midlands Fire Service's Dog unit called in, as the work begins to find out what happened just before noon this morning. READ MORE...
Large Fire On New Whittington's Stone Lane - Update
Tuesday 25th June 2013 - 15:45pm
We have just received an update from Derbyshire Fire Service who tell us that the crews fighting the fire at Stone Lane, New Whittington are now being scaled down, though the situation is still ongoing.
Five crews including engines from Bolsover and Dronfield have attended the blaze, described as "challenging and well developed" by the Fire Service.
Onlookers say that there was an explosion, believed to be a gas canister, shortly after the fire started at around 11:45am today. READ MORE...
On-Going Fire Incident At SCA Hygiene, Chesterfield
Wednesday 5th June 2013 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is still in attendance at a fire involving 800 tonnes of waste paper which was being stored in the yard of SCA Hygiene, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, however operations have been scaled down considerably since the height of the fire yesterday.
The fire service is working in partnership with site owners SCA Hygiene, to ensure that the fire is extinguished as efficiently and safely as possible. In order to expedite the end to this incident, work has commenced to remove piles of waste paper from the site; unfortunately this may result in some local residents experiencing higher levels of falling ash. READ MORE...
Major Fire In Chesterfield - Update
Tuesday 4th June 2013 17:30
Following our reports earlier today, Derbyshire Fire Service has now released an update. They say that at 12.38 hours, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend a fire at SCA Hygiene, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield.
Following the initial call to a fire involving 800 tonnes of waste paper in the yard of the business, firefighters from Alfreton, Matlock, Chapel en le Frith, Heanor, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Staveley and Bolsover were mobilised to attend. READ MORE...
'Huge' Compressed Paper Blaze In Chesterfield
Tuesday 4th June 2013 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are warning that there may be congestion around Chesterfield as they tackle what they term a 'large fire' on Goyt side Road where 800 tonnes of compressed paper is on fire.
They say that crews from several stations are battling the blaze, with appliances from Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Staveley, Dronfield, Bolsover, Alfreton. Ripley and Matlock and crews from South Yorkshire in attendance at the fire which was reported at 12.30pm.The fire has spread to trees at the rear of the site on Walgrove Road and crews are currently creating fire breaks to stop the spread of the blaze. We will have updates as soon as we get them.
Derbyshire Fire Service And Ticket Offer At Falcons v Surrey
Tuesday 28th May 2013 - Cricket coverage sponsored by AUTOWORLD
Derbyshire Falcons face Surrey in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture on Wednesday - and the Club has launched a special price half term ticket to maximise value for families - along with the attendance of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service after launch of groundbreaking Community Partnership.
Karl Krikken's young Derbyshire outfit face a Surrey side likely to feature England internationals Steven Davies, Vikram Solanki, Gareth Batty, Jon Lewis, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach at the County Ground... READ MORE...
Victory Road Fire Tragedy - Derbyshire Services Speak Out
Thursday 4th April 2013 Three people convicted of the manslaughter of 6 children in a house fire in Derby in May last year, have been sentenced.
Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced by Judge Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday, April 4th).
Michael Philpott was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 15 years before being considered for parole.
Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were both jailed for 17 years. READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Dronfield Fires
Monday 11th March 2013 Police are appealing for information after two cars and an outbuilding were set on fire at a house in Dronfield.
Sometime between midnight and 9.30am on Saturday, March 2nd, a Renault Clio, a Citreon C3 and a large outbuilding were set alight at a property on Mill Lane, Unstone. The fire was still smouldering when it was discovered by a passer-by who called emergency services at around 9.30am. The cars and outbuilding were completely burnt out. Fire investigators believe the fire was started deliberately. If you have any information about the fire, contact Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Make Every Contact Count
Thursday 13th December 2012
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting health and care organisations across Derbyshire as part of the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative.
MECC, an NHS led initiative is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. All organisations responsible for health, wellbeing, early years, education and care of the public can train their staff to use every encounter with a member of the public as an opportunity to promote health and wellbeing. READ MORE...
Be Safe Over The Christmas Period
Tuesday 4th December 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is launching a campaign to remind Derbyshire residents to keep safe during Christmas and New Year.
The festive season sees an increase in accidental fires in the home. The distraction of a crowded house and celebrations can often result in cooking and candles being left unattended. Decorations are often flammable and wrapping papers can add extra fuel to a fire sparked by overheated sockets or faulty fairy lights.
And, did you know faulty tree lights can cause a Christmas tree fire? READ MORE...
Santa Arrives At Chesterfield Co-Op In Red Hot Fire Engine
Thursday 29th November 2012 Santa Claus arrived in style at the Midlands Co-operative department store on Elder Way, Chesterfield when he chose to travel via a vintage Fire Engine rather than his usual reindeer-drawn sleigh - and was greeted by excited families awaiting his visit.
Santa then made way to his grotto based on the second floor of the department store where colleagues were dressed up as Santa's helpers. Children had the chance to get their photograph taken with Santa after telling him what was on their wish-list.
Proceeds raised from the photoshoot where donated to... READ MORE...
'Fatal' Accident On Infirmary Road
Thursday 22nd November 2012 Three young students were killed and one paralysed, after a collision outside Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road.
Another student, the only one to be wearing a seatbelt, did survive the crash, and is back at home recovering.
Fire crews, Police and Ambulance personnel battled at the scene in the dreadful weather conditions to free the teenagers for over half an hour...
Actually, there was an accident yesterday morning but thankfully... READ MORE...
Blaze At Railway Centre Prompts Police Appeal
Friday 9th November 2012 Police are appealing for information after a fire broke out at the Midland Railway Centre.
On Sunday, October 28th at 1am, a blaze was discovered in cabins at the Swanwick Junction site. PC Paul Bower from Ripley police station says that the effects of the fire will cost the charity which runs the centre dearly, "The Trust is funded purely on donations and the damage caused will cost a considerable amount of money to repair. We would like to speak to a dog walker in connection with our enquiries that was walking on Pennine Avenue, Riddings at around midnight on October 28th"
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bower using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Service Warn Hoax Calls Can Kill
Tuesday 6th November 2012 A reminder today that hoax fire calls divert fire engines away from people who may by in life-threatening situations and who need urgent help. This could mean the difference between life and death for someone in trouble.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service received a number of hoax calls on the 5th November - Bonfire Night - an evening that was busier than usual with several calls to out of control / unattended bonfires. Group Manager, Alex Johnson, Duty Manager on Bonfire Night said: "The role of our emergency call handlers is critical in any emergency. Prank calls can take up their valuable time..." READ MORE...
Bonfire Night Parking At The PROACT Stadium
Sunday 4th November 2012 Car parking will be available at the Proact Stadium on Monday night for those attending the nearby Bonfire Night firework display at Stand Road Park.
The cost of parking is £2 per vehicle with all the money going to the Chesterfield FC Community Trust. Gates at the stadium open at 5.30pm, 30 mins before the gates open at Stand Road. The firework display is scheduled to start at around 8pm and the event will last for approximately an hour. The stadium gates will close at 9.30pm.
The annual event, which is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, will feature a funfair and various catering vans and sweet stalls and is presented by Peak FM Breakfast Show hosts Sean and Becky with AJ and Molly Monroe performing live on stage.
Police Investigate 'Deliberate' Car Fire
Sunday 4th November 2012 Police are investigating after a car was deliberately set on fire outside a house in Chesterfield.
Emergency services were called to an address on Church Lane, Calow, at around 9pm Friday, November 2nd after the car was set alight. The fire service put out the fire and no one was injured. Police believe the fire was started deliberately and are treating it as arson. Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area around the time of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Bonfire Night Advice And Where To Go And See A Display
Saturday 3rd November 2012 Bonfire Night is almost upon us and whilst bonfires and fireworks can be fun they can also be dangerous and even lethal.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take the upmost care this year and consider attending an organised display rather than having a bonfire and fireworks at home.
Station Manager, Alan Richmond said "Bonfire night should be a time of enjoyment and spectacle, however the fire service continue to see the devastation that this time of year can bring. READ MORE...
Suspected Arson Probed In Chesterfield
Thursday 1st November 2012 Detectives are investigating a suspected arson attack after a firework was pushed through the letterbox of a house in Chesterfield.
At around 1am today (Thursday, November 1st) police were called to a house on St Augustine’s Avenue in Chesterfield after the homeowner was woken up by the smoke alarm sounding.
They went downstairs to find a firework on the floor that appeared to have been pushed through the letterbox and the kitchen filled with smoke. READ MORE...
Fire Cadets First In Derbyshire To Receive BTEC Level 2
Wednesday 31st October 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in association with the Fire Services Youth Training Association is proud to announce that five Fire Cadets aged 15 - 17 years old, are the first in Derbyshire to have successfully completed the Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.
The five cadets took part in a variety of fire service activities such as working with ladders, hoses, pumps, hydraulic cutting equipment and the use of Breathing Apparatus. An integral part of the course related to the fires services role within the community, citizenship and personal responsibility. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Warn Take Care During Wet Weather
Monday 24th September 2012 With Derbyshire once again being subjected to heavy rainfall with torrential downpours, strong winds and the risk of gales expected later today - especially over the Peak District - Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice:
Drive to the road conditions, puddles may be deeper than they appear, don't take any unnecessary risks; If you are experiencing flooding in your home - get yourself to a place of safety, maybe upstairs. If you're taking any medication, take this with you; Do NOT exit your property if there is fast flowing water outside; If you think you are at risk of flooding - visit the Environment Agency website for advice and guidance at www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call your local council; Before calling 999, consider - 'How urgent is your call'?
Further advice regarding flooding can be found by visiting their website www.derbys-fire.gov.uk. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for regular incident updates and safety information.
Ongoing Fire Incident At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-Dale
Friday 21st September 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service says all roads are now open, but it continues to have a presence at a fire which started at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale last Saturday 15th September.
Fire crews have been at the fire since Saturday 15th September 2012, with up to eight appliances and over 60 Firefighters in attendance at the height of the fire last Saturday evening.
Area Manager, Bryan Bennett said yesterday "We have reached a point with the Lows Lane incident, where we're happy to scale down operations." READ MORE...
Fire At Lows Lane, Stanton-By-Dale, Now In Third Day
Tuesday 18th September 2012 We reported on Sunday on a severe fire near the M1 - junctions 25 and 26 - and today, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) have told us that they continue to work to fight the blaze, that started at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire, on Saturday 15th September.
Contractors are currently working alongside Firefighters, using JCB's to move unaffected wood pulp, thus reducing the size of the surrounding mound of recycled material. Firefighters continue to damp down the fire and are working to contain further spread. READ MORE...
Police Seek Information After Arson
Monday 17th September 2012 Police are appealing for information about a fire at a flat in a block on Beech Crescent in Killamarsh where, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday, September 4th, emergency services were called.
The fire service attended and put out the fire which had been started deliberately in one of the flats. There was no one in the flat when the fire was set, but extensive damage was caused to the flat and surrounding properties. A 33-year-old man was arrested and has since been charged with arson and criminal damage. Detectives would still like to speak to people who were in the area at the time or anyone who has information about the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Fire At Recycling Facility In Derbyshire
Sunday 16th September 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is currently in attendance at a large fire at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire.
Following a call at 22.37 hours on the 15th September, fire appliances from Ilkeston were mobilised. As the fire escalated, further crews from High Field, Long Eaton, Heanor and Stapleford have attended the scene.
The Salvation Army is also in attendance at the fire providing vital refreshment facilities to the Firefighters. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Annual Awards
Wednesday 12th September 2012 On Thursday 6th September 2012, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service held its annual awards ceremony at Pride Park Stadium, Derby. Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive, Sean Frayne, hosted the event for employees and their families.
This year over 50 employees were recognised for their achievements within the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. Twenty four operational employees were awarded the 20 Year Queen's Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, presented by The Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker. This medal is presented to recognise those who have provided... READ MORE...
Blaze At Old Chesterfield Fire Station
Saturday 8th September 2012 Fire crews were called to the old Fire Station, on Sheffield Road, in the early hours of this morning after reports of fire.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service say the call was received at 01.01 am and on arrival, the building was "well alight". Appliances from Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Staveley attended, with the stop call received at 04.53am. Fire Officers have told The Chesterfield Post that 50% of the first floor of the 25m x 10m derelict two storey building, has been destroyed.
The scene will be revisited at 9am for an inspection and a fire investigation begun.
Fire Involving Recalled Beko Fridge Prompts Warning
Friday 10th August 2012 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a reminder to householders that certain fridge freezers made by BEKO have been recalled after they attended a house fire which had been caused by the type identified.
Crews attended a property fire in Kings Road, Buxton at 14:54hrs on 7th August 2012. The property suffered quite serious damage, causing the family to be relocated temporarily.
The quick thinking occupier had unplugged the appliance before leaving the building. The property was fitted with a working smoke alarm which did activate although the occupier had already raised the alarm. READ MORE...
Extra Derbyshire Handy Van Will Help More Vulnerable
Monday 30th July 2012 Derbyshire's Handy Van Network is planning to expand to offer equipment that will help hundreds more vulnerable people to live safely and independently in their own homes.
The Derbyshire Handy Van Network is coordinated by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and local district and borough councils.
The service, run on a day-to-day basis by local agencies, is free and delivers practical support to older and vulnerable people in their own homes... READ MORE...
Man to Appear In Court For Making False Emergency Calls
Thursday 26th July 2012 A Chesterfield man is to appear in court for making false calls to emergency services.
It's after Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call at around 9am on Saturday, May 12 to say there was a fire at a house on Allpits Road, Calow. Two fire engines attended the address but the owner confirmed the report was a hoax and had been unaware of the call. On the same day the man is alleged to have called police to report a fight in Calow which was later found to be false. The 44 year old has been charged with giving a false report of a fire and wasting police time.
He is set to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield on Friday, August 3rd.
Pavements Shopping Centre Evacuated This Morning
Wednesday 25th July 2012 - pic courtesy Jono Davies
A fire alarm forced the evacuation of The Pavements Shopping Centre in Chesterfield this morning.
Shops including Boots, Poundworld, Sports Direct and Tesco were emptied of customers between 10.15 am and 10.30am after the alarm sounded.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the fire alarm was activated but that, after a call from centre staff established there was no fire on the premises, crews did not attend. A spokesman for the shopping complex told us this morning that the centre had been evacuated as a safety precaution after a faulty alarm had sounded. Business has now returned to normal.
Deborah Dixon - Life As A Firefighter In Chesterfield
Wednesday 4th July 2012 - by CHARLIE HAWKINS Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is available to respond to calls across Derbyshire every minute of every day and works hard to reduce the risks of fires, road traffic accidents and other incidents across the county through its activities.
To do this, the Service employs over 1,000 personnel and has a total of 31 fire stations based in strategic areas to cover the local area. In 2007 Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services attended 804,100 fires, or false alarms in the UK, meaning being a fire-fighter is a stressful and very demanding job, as you have to be ready for what hits you. READ MORE...
Derbyshire Fire And Rescue Is One Of The Best!
Monday 11th June 2012 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Services' Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Sean Frayne and Chair of the Fire Authority, David Wilson are proud to announce that Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has been awarded the highest possible level of achievement, measured against the Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework, this being Excellence.
A team of four Peer Assessors undertook the assessment over a three day period. Interviews with individual employees and focus groups were carried out, along with visits to partner and community projects to hear at first hand, and to confirm the Service's view of its Excellent status. READ MORE...
Fire In Flat At Clay Cross
Thursday 17th May 2012 Police used a garden hose to begin to battle a fire, which had taken hold at a flat in Clay Cross in the early hours of this morning.
Emergency crews were called to the property on North Street, Clay Cross just after 2am after the occupant had called 999 and reported he was trapped by fire and smoke. He was advised by operators to find a safe area and stay there until help arrived.
Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary's road policing unit were first on scene and they tackled the blaze with a hosepipe at the scene until fire crews, deployed from Staveley and Chesterfield arrived.
The man was rescued from the balcony of the flat and checked over by the East Midlands Ambulance crew who also attended the scene, but was not taken to hospital. An investigation by police and fire officers has now begun.
Fire Services 'Feared The Worst' At Chesterfield House Fire
Sunday 13th May 2012 Derbyshire fire and Rescue Service has this morning confirmed that the fire at Mitchell Way, New Whittington is not being treated as suspicious.
They have also said that the fire was so severe that, on arrival at the incident on Friday night, they feared fatalities.
A spokeswoman for the service said that, "Fire crews from Staveley and Chesterfield were called to the incident on Mitchell Way on Friday night at 23:30 and successfully rescued an adult and two children from their burning home..." READ MORE...
New Whittington House Fire Update
Saturday 12th May 2012 Fire Investigations continue this morning into a blaze at a house in New Whittington.
Last night roads were sealed off around the house whilst fire crews battled the fire. Fire crews were called to the property on Mitchell way at 23.30pm. A woman and two young children, rescued from an upstairs window were taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital where they are believed to have been treated for smoke inhalation.
Investigations are being carried out as to the cause of the blaze. A spokesman for the Derbyshire fire and Rescue Service gave a statement... READ MORE...
House Fire In New Whittington
Saturday 12th May 2012, 00:40am
Emergency Services are attending the scene of a house fire at Mitchell Way, New Whittington tonight.
One adult and two children have been rescued from an upstairs window and taken to Hospital.
Police are at the scene and investigations continue.
We will bring you more information as it becomes available.
Death Of Woman In Wingerworth Fire Investigated
Wednesday 9th May 2012 Police and the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the death of a woman in a fire at Wingerworth.
The emergency services were called to a house on Middle Road, Hardwick Wood near Wingerworth at 1.30pm on Tuesday, May 8th to a report of a fire. The body of a 42-year-old woman was found in the garage at the house. Her immediate family are aware of her death but her body has not yet been formally identified.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Fire appliances from Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Matlock attended.
Chesterfield College Students Are Heroes In Training
Sunday 6th May 2012 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have paid tribute to the Chesterfield College Public Services students who took charge of a Road Traffic Collision in Tapton on the evening of Tuesday 2nd May.
When a car collided with a student shuttlebus on the bend heading up to Tapton on Brimington Road, the Public Services students (NCFE Levels 1-3) kicked into action immediately by calling the emergency services and then taking charge of the scene until they arrived.
Having finished a First Aid course... READ MORE...
Cracking Crime In Grassmoor
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 Residents are invited to pick up free security equipment and get the chance to quiz their local police officer at a 'Cracking Crime' event being held in Grassmoor.
North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) will be running the drop-in event on Tuesday 15th May at Grassmoor Community Centre, running from 1pm to 3pm.
The team will be giving out free equipment to people who attend, including property marking kits and personal attack alarms. READ MORE...
Deliberate Fires In Barrow Hill Prompt Police Appeal
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 Police in Barrow Hill are appealing for information after a number of deliberate bin fires in the area.
Since Monday, April 16th, police have received four reports about fires being set in or near to bins. The latest report was on Wednesday, April 25th when a Romford Way resident called officers after they found a pile of burnt papers next to their bins. No damage had been caused.
Officers from the Barrow Hill and Whittington Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are advising residents to be vigilant... READ MORE...
Police Appeal After Two Pigs Killed In Pilsley Barn Fire
Monday 16th April 2012
Police investigating a suspicious fire at a farm in Pilsley are appealing for information.
Emergency services were called to a large barn fire at a farm on Morton Road at 6.50pm on Saturday, April 14th.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and put out the fire. Two pigs died in the fire and the barn was completely destroyed. A joint investigation between police and the fire service into the cause of the blaze is underway. READ MORE...
Fire Crews At Scene Of Chesterfield Tile Shop Blaze
Monday 27th February 2012 Derbyshire Fire and Rescue crews are currently at the scene of a fire at a shop on Chatsworth Road and surrounding properties are currently being evacuated,
The call was received that the two-storey property which houses Croc-o-Tile was ablaze at 14.51pm (Monday) and 4 pumps were dispatched. The fire was found to be on the ground floor of the building and the Fire Service told The Chesterfield Post that thermal imagining cameras were used to check no one was left in the property.
At 15.48 pm the evacuation of surrounding properties took place whilst lateral fire spread checks were carried out. All services have been isolated.
Fire Crews Free Trapped Passengers
Sunday 19th February 2012
Fire crews from Dronfield and Chesterfield were called this morning (Sunday) to remove 3 people trapped in a vehicle on Langdale Avenue.
Crews were called to the incident at 10.30 am and removed the roof of the car to free the passengers who were treated at the scene by ambulance and fire personnel before being taken to hospital.
Ice Is Not Nice! Fire Officer Warns Of Frozen Dangers
Monday 13th February 2012 The icy cold weather may have stopped football matches, caused problems on the roads and forced people to wrap up this weekend but, for one group of emergency personnel, the recent cold snap was a blessing in disguise.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has 4 water safety units in the County - one of which is in Chesterfield - and Saturday morning saw training for rescues from icy water in a frozen over Chesterfield Canal. We Spoke to Fire Officer Chris Bailey who told us just why the chance to perform the exercise was so valuable, and - ahead of a cold half term week - a warning on the dangers of frozen over water. READ MORE...
Helping You Stay Safe And Warm This Winter
Wednesday 1st February 2012 With temperatures predicted to drop sharply over the next few days, Derbyshire residents are being encouraged to follow advice to keep themselves, neighbours and vulnerable people safe and warm during predicted cold weather.
The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert warning of temperatures dropping to -6C across the East Midlands towards the end of this week and Derbyshire County Council is reminding residents about some general cold weather tips as well as useful contacts for information and services they may need. READ MORE...
Police Ask For Information About 'Deliberate' Bin Fires
Wednesday 1st February 2012 Police in Barrow Hill are appealing for information after a spate of deliberate bin fires in the area.
At around 10pm on Monday, January 30th, police were called to Romford Way where a wheelie bin in the back garden had been set on fire. At 11.40pm that night police were called to another fire on Chigwell Way where two bins had been set alight. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and put out both fires. Officers from the Barrow Hill and Whittington Safer Neighbourhood Team are advising residents to be vigilant and contact them with any information about the fires. They are also reminding people to store bins away from windows or wooden fencing and to only put them out on the morning of collection.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man Jailed After Dronfield House Fire
Tuesday 24th January 2012 A man who set fire to a house while he was inside it has been jailed for three years.
Richard Musgrove, 32, started the fire in the bedroom of his partner's house on Wilson Street, Dronfield on May 8th, 2011. He called the fire service when the blaze began to get out of hand and when fire fighters arrived, he was inside the property suffering the effects of smoke inhalation. The fire, which damaged most of the first floor of the house, was started when clothing was set alight. Musgrove, of Larpit Green, Whitwell was arrested and charged with arson. He pleaded guilty to the offence and was jailed for three years at a hearing at Derby Crown Court on Friday, January 20th.
Police Appeal After Coal Aston Fire
Tuesday 24th January 2012 Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspicious fire at an unoccupied house on Eckington Road, Coal Aston.
The fire started on Sunday January 22nd, between 7.10pm - 7.30pm, and is, say police, being treated as arson. Officers believe the offender or offenders may have been carrying some sort of container and that their clothes will smell of paraffin or petrol. Minor damage was caused.
Officers are appealing for witnesses or to anyone who may have information that would help the investigation to contact DC James Wall on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Child Cut From Railings On Chesterfield Canal
Monday 23rd January 2012 A child was yesterday (Sunday) rescued by fire crews after becoming stuck in metal railings just off Troughbrook Road in Hollingwood in the over flow to the side of Chesterfield Canal.
Crews from Chesterfield, Bolsover and Staveley, along with a water rescue unit from Chesterfield, were called at 14.14 pm to the scene. The Fire Service says that the child was cut from the railings using hydraulic equipment and first aid was administered at the scene. Ambulance and Police were informed.
'Think Sprinkler' Campaign Launched By Fire Service
Monday 16th January 2012 A seminar to highlight the benefits of having sprinklers fitted in domestic dwellings was held at the Old fire Station Sheffield Road, and the b2net last Thursday (12th January).
Guests were invited by Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer Chief Executive Sean Frayne and included key individuals who are responsible for decisions relating to new buildings in Derbyshire.
Speakers at the seminar included the TV presenter and long-time advocate of the benefits of sprinklers, Nick Ross along with Caroline Tucker. READ MORE...
Fire Service Called To Clay Cross Incident Sunday Morning
Sunday 15th January 2012 At 9:37 this morning (Sunday, 15th January) fire crews were called after a vehicle crashed into a property on Market Street, Clay Cross.
The Fire Service says that only one vehicle was involved and no one was trapped. Crews shored up the property in order to enter and isolate services, and police and structural engineers were also at the scene.
Fire crews left the scene at 11.07am.
There will be more on this story as we get it.
Death After Eckington Blaze
Monday 26th December 2011 A man has died after being found in a smoke-filled kitchen at a house on Castle Hill in Eckington.
The alarm was raised after neighbours of the man, who was 79 years old, saw smoke coming from his house at about 9pm last night (December 25th). The neighbour and the man's son-in-law got into the house and found him lying on the floor. They dragged him out and began to resuscitate him in the garden. Paramedics continued the resuscitation but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A joint investigation will be carried out by the police and fire service but the man's death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.
Derbyshire Fireservice - Keep Safe This Christmas
Saturday 17th December 2011 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is launching a campaign to remind local residents to keep safe at Christmas.
The festive season sees an increase in accidental fires. The distraction of a crowded house and celebrations can often result in cooking and candles being left unattended. Decorations are often flammable and wrapping papers can add as extra fuel for a fire sparked by overheated sockets or faulty fairy lights.
Firefighters will be asking local people if they have smoke alarms that they test regularly and have a plan of escape should there be a fire. READ MORE...
Huge Industrial Fire At Holmewood
Tuesday 6th December 2011 Fire fighters remain at the scene of a huge industrial fire tonight.
The fire, at a factory on Park Road, Holmewood was reported at 13.45 pm and appliances from 8 areas - Alfreton, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Chesterfield, Staveley, Bolsover, Sutton in Ashfield and Ripley - are at the scene.
The 20m x 17m factory, on two levels, is made up of 4 units, two of which are on fire. The roof has also been breached and fire personnel are using breathing apparatus as they try to contain it.
The Fire Service says that Police are on scene and roads are closed locally.
'Fatal Accident' On Infirmary Road This Morning
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 Three young people, including a motorcyclist, were killed in the grim weather conditions, outside Chesterfield College this morning.
One lad suffered brain damage and 2 more suffered injuries. It came after a collision involving a Vauxhall Tigra, a VW Golf and a motorbike.
Actually, there WAS an accident on Infirmary Road just after 11am this morning, but it was an exercise staged by the Fire Service, in conjunction with other emergency service personnel... READ MORE...
Major Fire In Old Whittington Tonight
Tuesday 27th September 2011 There is a large fire (below) at Banks' scrapyard on Station Lane, Old Whittington tonight. 3 fire engines from Chesterfield, Dronfield and Eckington are currently in attendance.
The alarm was raised at 21:56pm and fire crews were on scene immediately to get the flames under control. Witnesses report hearing an explosion though this has not been confirmed.
A spokeswoman for the Fire Service told The Chesterfield Post that approx 400 sq m of household waste is 'well alight' and fire crews continue to battle the blaze. There are no reports of any injuries.
Pic: Andy Emmens
"Sprinklers Would Have Been No Use" - Hospital Bosses
Monday 27th June 2011 After reports emerged this morning that Chesterfield Hospital did not have a sprinkler system in place at the time of the fire on Saturday night the Board has today issued a statement.
They say that, "A sprinkler system would not have affected an electrical fire of this nature. This hospital meets all the latest standards for fire prevention and safety and is fully compliant with current law. Investment in the main entrance (fire doors and shields) helped to prevent this fire from spreading further. They did the job they were intended to do. There is no legal requirement for sprinkler systems, but it is an issue the trust will review with experts..." READ MORE...
Chesterfield Hospital Fire - "It Could Have Been Worse"
Sunday 26th June 2011
The Chesterfield Post has just left a press conference where it was confirmed by Sarah Turner Saint, Head of Communications that the Estates team are now on site completing a Risk Assessment of the premises.
Reading from a prepared statement, she told the assembled press that, "Its fair to say the damage is substantial, with structural problems to parts of the roof above fracture and orthopaedic clinics. What we're looking at the minute is to relocate some services soon and are hopeful that some parts of the A&E will be open today from 2pm for emergency ambulance patients only." READ MORE & VIDEO...
Chief Fire Officer Speaks To The Post
Sunday 26th June 2011
Bob Currie is the Group Manager of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and he was present at the incident the whole time.
He told the Chesterfield Post how the night unfolded and what the implications were as it spread, "The initial call came in at 9.20 pm and we initially attended with 3 pumping appliances. However, we soon realised that they weren't enough and by the end had 10 appliances here, having drawn on support from our colleagues at Long Eaton, Derby and Sheffield. That's normal for this type of incident however, as it was classed as a major incident." READ MORE & VIDEO...
Update After Hospital Fire
Sunday 26th June 2011 Chesterfield Royal Hospital is this morning assessing damage to it's A&E, Fracture Clinic and Main Entrance after fire ripped through the departments last night.
10 fire crews from all over Derbyshire and South Yorkshire were called to the scene after the alarm was raised at 9.20pm. 15 patients who were in the A&E dept when the fire broke out were stretchered to other hospitals, with what are described as 'walking wounded' treated elsewhere in the hospital. The Hospital was closed to Ambulance and 999 patients and remains so this morning, with patients being taken to Kingsmill Hopsital. READ MORE...
Hospital Fire Statement...
Sunday 26th June 2011 Further Statement issued 01:00 -
"Fire Brigade report that the fire is out. Crew undertaking a search to check for any remaining hot spots. Considerable smoke and fire damage, particularly to A&E patient reception and the fracture clinic, as the fire had spread in to roof space above these areas.
A&E remains closed until further notice. 999 patients transferred to other available hospitals in the area.
Stress that NO WARDS have been evacuated as part of this incident - this has been reported via Facebook and is incorrect. Please re-assure relatives that their loved ones remain safe and secure on wards throughout the hospital."READ MORE...
Major Fire At Royal Hospital
Saturday 25th June 2011
There is a major incident at Chesterfield Royal Hospital tonight with 10 fire engines in attendance.
The first call came at 21.58pm with the Main Entrance reported as being on fire . Within half an hour 10 fire crews had been deployed from Alfreton, Ripley, Clay Cross, Bolsover and South Yorkshire also in attendance.
Police and Ambulances are at the scene along with Chesterfield council Planning Officers and Enviromental Health officers. READ MORE...
Nuisance Fires In Mastin Moor - Police Seek Information
Tuesday 19th April 2011 Police are appealing for information after Derbyshire Fire service was called to a burning cabin on Worksop Road in the early hours of Monday, April 18th.
It's the latest in a series of fires that both the police and fire service believe may have been started deliberately.
The cabin was burnt out and several items which belonged to the Mastin Moor Allotment Association, including gardening tools, a bbq, chairs, tables, Calorgas heaters and camping equipment were destroyed. READ MORE...
Bungalow Blaze In Clowne
Sunday 20th March 2011 A fire has seriously damaged a bungalow on Low Road in Clowne.
Fire Officers were called to the property at 11.45 pm on Saturday 19th March to find the property on fire but no one was injured.
The Fire Service and Police are now conducting a joint investigation into the blaze. Witnesses are asked to call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33.
No Smoke At Chesterfield's Fire Station
Wednesday 9th March 2011 Over a hundred people attended Chesterfield's fire station ahead of today's 'Stop Smoking Day' to take part in fun activities but more importantly learn about the dangers of smoking and how to quit the habit.
The day, organised by NHS Derbyshire County and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service promoted No Smoking Day - the UK's foremost public health event, and one that provides an annual focus for three in every four smokers who want to stop.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable disease and premature death. A quarter of smokers die in middle age. READ MORE...
Friday 28th January 2011 After four young children lost their lives in a tragic house fire in Derbyshire earlier this week, the Derbyshire Fire Service has issued safety advice to residents in the area.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Gavin Tomlinson said: "We believe this tragedy was the result of a spark or ember falling from an open fireplace in the lounge. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this time. READ MORE...
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Friday 3rd December 2010 DERBYSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service has given us some advice to help with driving in the hazardous snowy and icy conditions.
Regularly servicing and checking that your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road. It's worth doing these checks regularly - and particularly before a long journey... READ MORE...
Snow Warning For Boiler Flues
Friday 3rd December 2010 DERBYSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is warning people to make sure the flues of their gas boilers are kept clear of snow following five incidents which lead to firefighters having to be called out to people's homes since the snow began to take hold a week ago.
Watch Manager Glyn Davidson, who is based at Chesterfield Community Fire Station, said: "Two incidents occurred in Claycross, one in Bolsover, one in Chesterfield and one in Alfreton, but we would like to make this a county wide warning as obviously these fires could have happened anywhere in our area." READ MORE...
Be Safe In The Snow
Friday 3rd December 2010 WITH snow covering Chesterfield, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are urging people to take extra care both in the home and when they are out and about.
Fire Officers are warning that, due to the continuing severe road conditions, even 999 responses may be slower and are offering advice which they hope will minimise the need for call outs. READ MORE...