Fire stations of the world: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Sunderland Central Fire Station, UK
The UK’s Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Station 1, Sunderland Central Fire Station, is situated in Railway Row in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear in North East England. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service serves a resident population of 1,09 million spread across the five constituent councils of Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. Our vision is to 'Create the Safest Community'. To help them achieve this they have 17 community fire stations, covering 540 square kilometres. A few years ago, as part of its modernisation, they replaced eight of their older fire stations with six new PFI Community Fire Stations as well as a new headquarters. The Sunderland Central Fire Station was amongst three fire stations that nearly closed in 2015.
Sunderland district has seen big reductions in most of their fire statistics over the last few years but there are still issues they need to address. To identify those who are most at risk from fire, they work closely with Sunderland City Council, the NHS, social services and other agencies to offer practical support to our residents. The area served by Sunderland Central includes the Bridges shopping centre, Sunderland University, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Hendon Docks.
A neighbourhood Police team is based there as well.
The station has a community safety centre, which is home to the Phoenix Programme. The Sunderland Phoenix Programme was established in 2000 in partnership between the Sunderland Youth Offending Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
It was set up in response to the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act which stated that reducing crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour was not just a police problem and local authority organisations should do more to address these issues. This was amended in 2003 to place a specific responsibility on fire and rescue services to take part.
The Phoenix Programme is funded by Together for Children (Early Help) in Sunderland and has developed significantly since it was launched. Its aims are to increase:
It aims to create empathy for the Fire and Rescue Service and teaches young people to understand the dangers of fire, fire-setting and hoax calls.
The programme offers three courses for young people aged 11 to 16 that are referred through the Early Help Allocations team and their family support services, such as Youth Offending Service, schools, pupil referral units and Wear Kids. We use the neutral status of the fire service and the firefighter role model to achieve these aims.
Source: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service