Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Visit to Fire Station

The new South Shields Community Fire Station was built in 2001 on the John Reid Road, when the old Keppel St Station was closed. I was very interested to visit the station and to meet Station Officer, Neville Charlton to learn more about the functions of the Station - particulary with regard to its role as a Community Station. I have to admit, though, I was very disappointed to find no Fire Engines or Firemen present at the station at the time of my visit, so I do think I might have to drop in again!

The fire station is one of only two that provides Tyne and Wear with a rope rescue capability in addition to the firefighters responding to all types of emergencies and the staff at the station are also the main asset in undertaking a range of Community Safety (CS) activities aimed at preventing fires, deaths and injuries in fires. The figures speak for themselves on what firefighters have been able to achieve - there has been a vast reduction the number of fires in the town and the severity of fires has also been reduced - last year there were no fatalities as a result of fire in South Shields. All incidents are mapped on the Tyne and Wear Fire Services' website:


Fully integrated into the station is a Community Centre which comprises an auditorium seating 120, a meeting room and a computer suite for further educational learning available to the public, who can come and go throughout the day. The station also used to house a police team, but unfortunately due to local authority cuts this facility was removed from the station.

Speaking to Officer Charlton, he explained to me most fires are unfortunately started deliberately. It's difficult to forget the fire at Lisle Road:


and only last week I read of several deliberately started fires in the Gazette. It was particularly mindless and upsetting to read about the van set on fire in Tennyson Avenue, which was used to transport disabled children.


Seeing our youngsters resort to setting fire to vehicles, wheely bins and with the most catastrophic results homes, is truly representative of the broken society David Cameron talks about and is deeply disturbing.


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