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Stay Safe on Pancake Day

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people of the dangers of fire in the home especially in the kitchen as we approach Pancake Day. When you are distracted by the delightful image of a delicious, warm pancake sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar, fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind, however, fat and chip pan fires are the second biggest cause of fires in people’s homes. When you are making pancakes it is important that you never leave the pan or kitchen appliances unattended. It only takes a few seconds for … Continue reading

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Electrical Fire in Lancaster Bungalow

Fire in upstairs rooms of the property, thick black smoke venting out of the roof and flames could be seen through the bedroom window. Two firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet and positive pressure ventilation (a portable fan) to supress and ventilate the fire. Checks were also made of an adjoining property to ensure that the fire had not spread. The fire was brought under control within half-an-hour of the 999 call being made. The bedroom was severely damaged by fire. The remainder 1st floor was severely damaged by smoke and … Continue reading

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We Need Retained Firefighters, Can You Help?

Retained fire stations throughout Lancashire are recruiting new retained firefighters this month. Retained firefighters often have another job and they will provide on-call cover from home or their place of work. They respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must live or work within five minutes travel time from the station. The following stations are currently recruiting: Garstang, Carnforth, Silverdale, Hornby, Fleetwood, Preesall, Clitheroe, Wesham, Lytham, Bacup, Haslingden, Chorley, Barnoldswick, Earby, Bamber Bridge, Darwen, Morecambe, Hyndburn, Great Harwood, Nelson, Skelmersdale and Padiham. Firefighters must be 18 years of age when they join, but … Continue reading

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Bonfire Display Raises Record Amount for Charities

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has raised more than £6000 for three different charities following the Bonfire and Firework Display that took place at the Service’s Training Centre in Chorley on Bonfire Night. The annual display was well attended this year and the Service’s employees who work at the training centre decided to split the record profits between three charities; The Fire Fighters Charity will be donated £3,000, The Legacy Rainbow House who will receive £1,500 and the North West Air Ambulance will get £1,500. The Fire Fighters Charity provides a range of services that … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night 2014 – Update @ 2300hrs

This year’s Bonfire Night has passed safely without significant incident in Lancashire, although it continued to be one of the busiest nights of the year for the Service.  From 1800hrs on 5 November until 2300hrs there were 251 calls for assistance in Lancashire.  Many of these were well intentioned or duplicated calls but did not need a fire engine to attend.  However, crews did attend 171 incidents, the majority of which were small fires or bonfires that callers were concerned about but which crews saw to be safe or well controlled.  The majority of 999 calls – 57 –  were reported in the Blackburn area, with 27 … Continue reading

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Incident in Accrington Town Centre

Yesterday afternoon, firefighters from Hyndburn fire station were called to Duckworths Estate Agents in Accrington after staff reported a ‘strange smell and a haze in the property’ at 15:55. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went inside the property to investigate the smell and they managed to isolate the gas and electricity. Once these firefighters had come out of the property they reported having itchy skin and were decontaminated straight away. Paramedics were asked to check the firefighters and the two members of staff inside the estate agents at the time the incident was reported, all … Continue reading

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Fire at commercial unit, Skelmersdale

Firefighters were called to a fire at HR Kilns in Gorsey Way Skelmersdale at around 3am on Sunday 12th October. Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were used by forty firefighters to tackle the blaze which was fully put out by ten am. The building involved the manufacture of fibreglass tanks which contributed to a large amount of smoke in the early stages of the incident and the need to contain fire run off water safely. There was no risk to public health during or after the incident. Officers from the Environment Agency … Continue reading

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Check Your Electric Blanket, It Could Save Your Life

Despite the milder weather we are experiencing at the moment, it is inevitable that with winter approaching, the nights will begin to get cooler. For many residents of Lancashire, this means its time to get their electric blankets out of storage, however, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the potential dangers of electric blankets if they are not used or stored correctly. As a result, Community Fire Safety staff from Preston are inviting people to get their electric blankets tested free of charge, and, if it is found to be faulty, it will … Continue reading

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Burnley and Pendle Prince’s Trust Teams Recruiting

Prince’s Trust teams in Burnley and Pendle are still on the look out for young adults who would like to enrol on a 12 week course beginning as soon as possible. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has developed as a Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner since April 2001, successfully delivering over 270 team programmes to over 3,500 young people across eight locations within the county. The programme is available for both unemployed and employed young people and includes work experience, careers advice and job opportunities, new qualifications, challenging projects, an action-packed team building week away, the … Continue reading

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Electrical Fire Safety Week 2014

Electrical appliances have become a staple of modern life whether it’s our mobile phones or fridge freezers, to kettles, computers and TVs; it’s hard to think how we would get by without our electrically powered essentials. This week sees the start of Electrical Fire Safety week and here at Lancashire Fire Rescue Service we’re going to be supporting the campaign across the county in a bid to raise awareness of one of the biggest causes of accidental house fires in the country. One of the biggest issues with having so many electrical gadgets and gizmos … Continue reading

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