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Deputy Chief Fire Officer appointed 

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority (SYFRA) has appointed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer following an extensive recruitment process.

Martin Blunden beat off competition from a strong field of external candidates to secure the position permanently, which he had been fulfilling on a temporary basis since January.


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South Yorkshire Community Groups to benefit from latest round of fire funding 

Charities and community groups are being invited to bid for the latest round of funding made available by the County's Fire and Rescue Authority.

Applications will soon open for the third round of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority's Safer, Stronger Communities Reserve Fund, which aims to support the work of local communities to reduce fires and other emergencies.

The maximum amount of money available for each project is £100,000 and the minimum amount is £5,000.  Projects should run for up to two years.  More than 40 projects were given grants as part of two previous open bidding processes.

The latest funding will be allocated for projects which meet specific criteria, which include tackling water safety, arson and road traffic collisions.  Other key priorities include working with those with mental health issues, people from excluded groups include BAME and faith communities and health and social care issues.

An information event is taking place on FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST 2017 at the Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, Beaver Hill Road, Handsworth, Sheffield with limited places available.

For more information please e-mail: or visit

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Public Inspection Advert 2016-17 


Audit of Accounts - Public Inspection Notice 2016-17

Please click on VISIT below for more details.

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Fire Authority approves Fire Service Plans 

At its meeting held on 3rd April 2017, the  Fire and Rescue Authority approved the Service's Integrated Risk Management Plan 2017-20.  Key changes include:

  • Changing the staffing of the second fire engine at Sheffield’s Central fire station so that it is available all of the time in the day, but ‘on call’ at night
  • Adding two additional fire engines at two fire stations in South Yorkshire, which would also be available all of the time in the day, but ‘on call’ at night
  • Continuing to offer fire prevention guidance to all, but prioritising its free Home Safety Checks service for those who the service believes are at the greatest risk of fire
  • Finding further ways of working more closely with the police and ambulance services, as a new law now makes it a requirement for all emergency services to do

For more details - and to view the Plan - please go to VISIT below.

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Housing providers given extra time to bid for Fire Service sprinkler funding 

South Yorkshire housing providers are being given extra time to access fire service funding to support the installation of sprinklers in high-risk homes.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) attends dozens of serious house fires every year in social housing and sheltered accommodation.

To help tackle the problem and increase the number of sprinkler systems fitted across the county, earlier this year SYFR launched a  £1 million fund to encourage more housing providers to install them in buildings lived in by those residents most at risk from fire.

Head of prevention and protection Steve Helps, said: “We’re pleased that several organisations have already come forward to take advantage of this scheme, but we have also listened to feedback from other potential partners who have requested more time to scope and research appropriate funding bids.

Sprinklers are a cost effective way of making homes safer - they stop fires from spreading, put them out quickly and save lives. We are especially concerned about those people who are most at risk of fire such as those with mobility or mental health problems or people with dementia who may not know how to react, or be able to react quickly enough, if they hear a smoke alarm.”

The installation of sprinkler systems in new build homes is now mandatory in Wales and SYFR is actively promoting the use of this type of protection in all types of buildings to build resilience and safety into local communities.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority’s sprinkler fund is open to any social  or private housing provider. It will part fund those projects which demonstrate the best value and innovation in protecting the most vulnerable people possible from fire.  It forms part of the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve, with money set aside from the Authority’s reserves.

For more information on how to submit a funding bid contact

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