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Cleveland Fire Brigade launches campaign to tackle arson in the summer holidays Enough is Enough! Cleveland Fire Brigade launches campaign to tackle arson in the summer holidays Friday 17 July 2015 Jill Barber There will be no let-up in our efforts to tackle arson in our communities thats the message from Cleveland Fire Brigade as it launches its summer campaign to stop deliberate fires. Arson accounts for around 70% of fires across Cleveland and the Brigades Enough is Enough campaign aims to educate young people and the wider public about the dangers and consequences of starting fires. Last year, deliberate fires in the Cleveland area increased by 18 per cent during the eight week period covering the school summer holidays compared to the previous eight weeks. This totalled 456 fires from 11 July to 7 September compared to 388 from 16 May to 11 July. Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: Arson ruins lives, communities and local businesses and our message is quite simple: Enough is Enough. We are watching you and anyone who starts a deliberate fire is likely to be caught. Our ongoing campaign involves targeting hot-spot areas and well be working closely with the Police and other organisations over the summer. North Shore Academy in Stockton-on-Tees hosted the launch which brought together firefighters, young people, community leaders and other key agencies. Pupils were able to view fire appliances, including a hydraulic platform and test their agility on the Brigades climbing wall. Firefighters were also on hand to give out fire safety advice. Mr Lancaster added: Were grateful to North Shore Academy for hosting our launch and allowing us to deliver our messages right into the heart of Stocktons community.

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New York Agrees To $3.8 Million Payout Over Death Of Inmate At Rikers Island Correctional Facility

17. Echevarria swallowed a toxic ball of soap -- presumably to get out of solitary confinement -- which caused fatal injuries to his insides. As his condition deteriorated, he vomited and spit blood on the window of his cell. However, despite being informed of Echevarrias worsening condition, Capt.Terrence Pendergrass, 51, refused to call a doctor to see him. The parties have reached a settlement in principle that brings closure to the family of a tragic matter, a spokesperson for the citys law department said, according to the Daily News. The deal came after Pendergrass was sentenced to a five-year prison term for his role in Echevarria'sdeath. The settlement is an acknowledgement of the seriousness of what occurred, the familys lawyer, Joshua Kellner, said following the announcement of the payout. Its not a happy day for the family," he added."It doesnt bring Jason back." Ramon Echevarria, Jasons father, refused to comment after the announcement. Kellner described him as being emotionally exhausted. Pendergrass was the only prison guard charged in the incident, although others were called to testify in court. It was an entire cell block of correctional officers who walked by an did nothing, Kellner said. Just last year, the city paid$2.25 million after another inmate, Jerome Murdough, died due to the heat in his cell at Rikers Island. Concern about the treatment of inmates at the facility has been persistent and widespread. In October, a federal judge presented a plan to reform Rikers Island so as to tackle incidents of brutality towards prisoners by guards.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade has been working closely with one of the areas major haulage firms to help ensure that the companys drivers stay safe at the wheel. The Brigade have been supporting Bertschi UK Ltds driver training programme delivering a number of sessions at the firms structured training days held recently at Middlesbroughs Riverside Stadium. More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve people who are driving as part of their work. Research also shows that around 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured every week when either driving or using the road for work-related purposes. Andrew Bright of Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: The Fire Brigade is often first at the scene when a road traffic collision occurs so we know all about the carnage that can result and the devastating impact it can have on families. Driving a heavy goods vehicle clearly brings added responsibilities and if something goes wrong the consequences can have fatal implications. During the training sessions we have been focussing on what we call the Fatal Four which are responsible for a large proportion of traffic collisions. These are speed, distracted driving such as using a mobile phone, alcohol & drugs, and seat belt compliance. In addition the dangers of driver fatigue were also covered. Employers have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure that others are not put at risk by work-related activities and that includes driving.

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