New manager for fire crews

A NEW boss has taken charge of the borough’s fire crews.

Peter Iveson, 46, has been appointed as district manager for North Tyneside.

The 46-year-old joined Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 as a firefighter at the old Pilgrim Street fire station in Newcastle.

He also worked at Gateshead East fire station before moving on to the former Fossway station in Newcastle, the Newcastle North station in Gosforth, the Sunderland South station in Rainton Bridge and Hebburn in South Tyneside.

In 2005, Peter, pictured, joined the response support department at the service’s headquarters in Washington, and in 2007, he was made station manager at Sunderland Central fire station in Farringdon.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to the top post in North Tyneside, and I am really looking forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessors.

“Last year, the number of people injured in a fire in the borough reduced by 31 per cent, from 52 to 36, and I am keen to reduce this further.

“By working together with other organisations such as North Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Homes, the National Health Service and the police, I believe we can improve the lives of people in the borough.

“Community safety is a key part of our role now, and our work is paying dividends.

“We are working hard to ensure we target people who are more vulnerable to having a fire to make them safer.

“Over the last year, the service has carried out a range of activities to help reduce accidental and deliberate fires.

“This includes talks to schoolchildren, a play about fire safety and crime prevention aimed at older people and a range of safety workshops.”