A MESSAGE TO STFF FROM OUR DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE AND RESCUE OFFICER

As I am sure all staff are aware, the Fire Brigades’ Union has announced a further period of strike action that will commence tomorrow morning at 07:00 hours and last for 24 hours.

The ongoing ‘pensions’ dispute with the Government has affected the Service for more than 18 months now and with the hope that a resolution is found quickly, it is perhaps timely to remind everyone that the policies and procedures we have agreed should be adhered to at all times. We all share a common purpose of making our communities safer and as such, we should treat each other and members of our communities with respect at all times remembering the values of the Service, each individual’s right to personal beliefs and the expectations of the communities we serve.

RICHARD CHANDLER
Deputy Chief Fire and Rescue Officer

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ARTFUL ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE

With the rise in number of road traffic collisions that Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service now have to deal with, two firefighters from White Watch at Western Fire and Rescue Station have come up with a unique way to get a road safety message across. Ainsley Burton and Rich ‘Mo’ Curtis have put together a piece of graffiti work that is grabbing the attention of all who pass Western Fire and Rescue Station in New Parks, Leicester. This piece of art highlights the Fatal Four safety message with the grim reaper caricatures recreated as never seen before. And what’s more, the creation of this huge wall mural has all been filmed by local photographer, Scott Choucino, and published via various social media channels. With more than half a day’s filming condensed down into a two and a half minute film, the end result is pretty spectacular. Whilst producing the artwork, many local residents who were passing, stopped to ask Mo and Ainsley about what they were doing and also enquired about what the Fatal Four were. The Fatal Four are the four main causes of deaths and serious injuries to drivers on our roads, and a reaper character represents each of these causes. Have a look at the mural and see if you can work out what each of the causes are. If you want to find out if you were right, then visit http://www.thefatalfour.co.uk to see. If you are interested in having a closer look at the completed mural at Western Fire and Rescue Station, please come down to New Parks Boulevard, off Aikman Avenue. And if you want to see just how Mo and Ainsley’s creative talents were put to use to create the mural, watch Scott Choucino’s film here: http://youtu.be/t8qPPyxQyhk

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