Fire Family

Current and retired employees of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service enjoy regular sports and social events, from the annual Hadrian Hike Challenge Walk to sightseeing trips abroad.

Check for upcoming Fire Family events.

We’re proud that our Fire Family is diverse and inclusive, with networks that provide support for our employees and promote fairness for all. They include:

  • Gender Network
  • Disability Network
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network

Network members raise awareness of equality issues and represent us at community events like Pride and Newcastle Mela.


Our employees have access to 2 pension schemes, depending on their roles.

Firefighter Pension Scheme

The pension scheme for our firefighters and other operational employees is administered through the West Yorkshire Pension Fund.

Local Government Pension Scheme

Pensions for our corporate employees are managed through the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund, which is administered by South Tyneside Council.

The Old Hand newsletter

The Old Hand is a quarterly newsletter that helps us maintain contact with retired service members.

It includes news and events, prize draw winners, retirements and obituaries.

To subscribe or contribute, email or call 0191 444 1560.

Read the latest edition:

Old Hands – Issue 64 – May 2019 (PDF: 805KB)

Previous editions are available on request.

Funerals and retirements

Funeral and retirement announcements for current and ex service members are posted on the TWFRS Sports and Welfare Club Facebook page.

If you’d like to receive them by email, send your details to