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Lancashire Lends Support To Lancashire’s Carers

This Carers Week (8-14 June) Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is reaching out to local carers and reminding them that help is available to keep them, and the people they care for, safe from fire. Fire safety is another worry on an ever-growing list for those with the extra responsibility of looking after an elderly relative, sick friend or a disabled family member. A recent survey showed that more than half of the people who had tested someone else’s smoke alarm had done so for an older family … Continue reading

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Warnings about candles and fancy dress costumes

On BBC 1’s Watchdog tonight, Claudia Winkleman, the TV presenter, relives the evening her daughter’s clothes caught fire after the fancy dress costume she was wearing brushed against a candle and caught fire. Matilda Winkleman needed several operations to help her recover from her injuries and today her surgeon is calling for stricter fire safety laws on fancy dress costumes which are currently classed as toys and not clothing. This legal flaw means that fancy dress costumes are subject to less rigorous safety tests. Tony Crook, Group Manager responsible for Prevention, Protection and Road Safety … Continue reading

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100 Firefighters Fight Recycling Fire in Preston

Firefighters from across Lancashire have been fighting a massive fire at a recycling company on Longridge Road in Preston overnight. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Recycling Lives just before 21:40 on Thursday evening and when firefighters arrived they found that a pile of cars, approximately 30 metres by 20 metres, which were ready to be recycled, was well alight. Firefighters managed to contain the fire from spreading to other piles of recycling and equipment which is vital to the work of the recycling company. As the fire grew in size, 15 fire engines and … Continue reading

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Fatal House Fire in Nelson

At 1:14am on Saturday (14th March) morning, two fire engines  from Nelson fire station were called to a house fire on Princess Street in Nelson. When firefighters arrived they found a mid-terraced property on fire with smoke spreading to one of the houses next door. Four teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property with hose reels and after searching the premises, they found that a man had unfortunately died as a result of the fire. A joint fire and police investigation is now taking place and the Service offers its condolences to the … Continue reading

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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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