North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Memorial honours fallen police and firefighters

A memorial to honour fallen members of the police and fire service in North Yorkshire has been unveiled.

Memeorial and cadets
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The obelisk at the police’s headquarters in Northallerton was funded by some of the proceeds from the sale of “AJ1”, the registration number of the first ever police vehicle in North Yorkshire, which was sold at auction earlier this year.

The memorial service at Alverton Court was attended by officers, staff, volunteers and the families of deceased members of North Yorkshire's police and fire service.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “Every day police and fire and rescue officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities.

"Sadly, some pay the ultimate sacrifice, we must never forget them."

Extra training call for fire crews tackling suicide bids

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Firefighters who say they've been called out to assist at more than 120 suicide attempts in three years say they need better training to support people trying to take their own lives.

Fire engine

The fire service in North Yorkshire has seen what's described as a “noticeable increase” in callouts to suicide attempts, attending 122 incidents since 2016.

A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner heard fire crews usually arrive at the scene within minutes, whereas specially-trained police officers may have to travel long distances to reach an incident.

Mark Naylor, from the fire service, told the meeting: “There are negotiators within the police and they can come from quite hefty travel distances. Our crews can be there on scene within minutes.

“Having been to a number of them in the past and successfully got people down, I think the fire service can try to be that friendly person."

Mr Naylor added that there was “an opportunity” for crews to get extra training to help fire officers dealing with people attempting suicide.

Emergency crews tackle 'loose structure' on building

Firefighters have been dealing with a "loose structure" on a North Yorkshire building this morning.

Fire service dealing with loose structure
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crews from Selby and Huntington used an aerial ladder platform to get to the roof of a building in Whitley.

Fire crews are removing the structure which was hanging from the roof.