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Skelmersdale Youngster’s Fire Safety Award

Each year fire crews visit local schools and talk to children about the importance of fire safety in the home and especially how important it is to own a working smoke alarm; and this is a message that has stayed with Skelmersdale youngster Samuel Purnell. Samuel who is in year 6 at Saint Richard’s school had a visit from local fire crews back in October of last year and since then has tested his family’s smoke alarms weekly to ensure that they’re in good working order. His keen sense of responsibility when it comes to … 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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Lancashire’s firefighters wish you a pleasant – and above all, safe – Bonfire Night

Usually a busy night for firefighters, dealing with bonfires at risk of spreading to buildings, trees and fences, just how busy this year’s Bonfire Night was for them will be revealed here towards midnight this evening. At half-past six tonight, when this bulletin was posted, our fire crews had dealt with fifteen such incidents.

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The Prince’s Trust and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service – a winning team

Every year, The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards recognise the achievements of young people who have overcome barriers to improve their life chances and make a positive contribution in their community. Imogenn Thornton has won the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year North West and Preston PT Team 55 won the Community Impact Award North West. Thanks to her involvement with The Prince’s Trust Imogenn overcame immense setbacks and obstacles in her life and is now on track as an apprentice undertaker to become fully qualified in the profession. Preston PT Team 55 had completed … Continue reading

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Lancashire Firefighters advise people to celebrate Bonfire Night safely

Lancashire’s firefighters are encouraging people to stay safe during the Bonfire Night period by attending a properly organised bonfire party.  Bonfires and home firework displays need a lot of planning if they are to be safe and not a hazard for those attending.  A visit to an organised display usually means bigger, better fireworks and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.  Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny says:  “Our firefighters, paramedics, A&E staff and the police often witness the down-side to Bonfire Night, the fires and injuries that can easily result when celebration turns … Continue reading

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More strike dates announced by Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union has announced further strike dates in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. The dates are: Friday 31st October 2014 6pm to midnight Saturday 1st November 00.00 am to midnight Sunday 2nd November 00.00 am to midnight Monday 3rd November 00.00 am to midnight Tuesday 4th November 00.00 am to 6pm  Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and our firefighters. “We do have a significant number of our staff … 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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Local business injects some realism into Clitheroe Firefighters’ drill session

FOR firefighters at Clitheroe, Monday night is drill night; a time when the crews come together and put into practice the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the ‘what if?’ rescue scenarios they could expect to encounter when they get called out for real. Last Monday (13th) was no ordinary drill session for the crews; they were to head off site to a simulated chemical incident at Böttcher Systems chemical plant based up at the Link 59 Business Park on the outskirts of the town. The scenario for the exercise involved two night maintenance … Continue reading

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