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Ash and Embers Fire Safety Warning

Firefighters in Ormskirk this week are asking locals using solid fuel open fires or log burners to take extra care when disposing of the ash and embers from their fires after a recent spike in the number of wheelie bin fires which appear to have started as a result of hot ash disposal.   The most recent incident of this nature that fire crews attended was last Tuesday (23rd February) when the occupier had thought that the contents of the ash pan were cool enough to dispose of and unfortunately weren’t. As a result it ignited … Continue reading

Skelmersdale fire station helping to kick out anti-social behaviour

Skelmersdale fire station is getting set to host a new weekly community football coaching programme for young people in the Tanhouse and Digmoor areas alongside Wigan Athletic FC’s Community Trust. ‘Kicks’ is the new Latics in the Community led football coaching scheme that is being run for young people in Skelmersdale aged between 8 and 17. The sessions are free to attend, are open to boys and girls and will offer football coaching, tournaments, volunteering opportunities and even the chance to win tickets to see Wigan Athletic play. The scheme is being supported by Sport … Continue reading

Fire Brigades Union 24-hour strike (now ended)

The Fire Brigades Union announced a strike date relating to a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. The 24-hour strike took place from 7.00am on Wednesday 25th February and ended at 7.00am on Thursday 26th February 2015. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said before the strike: “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 who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public … Continue reading

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

Is your chimney safe to use?

With the winter chill still very much in the air, people could easily be forgiven for choosing to stay in and keep warm by the fire; but with a recent spate of chimney fires in the county we want to take this opportunity to remind people of the importance of having your chimney swept regularly. You could be forgiven for thinking that if you have a gas fire, this advice doesn’t apply, but that’s not necessarily the case. Firefighters in Ormskirk recently attended a chimney fire on Tuesday 27th (January 2015) not involving in an … Continue reading

Fire Safety Prosecution, 38 Westminster Road, Morecambe

On 10th November 2014 Mr Eli Zohar pleaded guilty to two offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following inspection of 38 Westminster Road, Morecambe by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. Officers had visited the premises on 7th June 2013 and issued an Enforcement Notice on 10th June 2013. The offences to which Mr Zohar pleaded guilty were that he failed to comply with an Enforcement Notice, issued by the Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the adequacy of fire precautions, and that he failed to effectively maintain his emergency lighting. Sentencing took … Continue reading

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

Candle Safety this Christmas

With Christmas and the holiday season only a couple of days away we at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service would like to emphasise the importance of candle safety in the home. Candles are often used more at this time of year and with the warm glow they spread it’s easy to see their appeal, however, they can be quite hazardous if they are used incorrectly or left to burn unattended. Thankfully, the numbers of candle fires we attend are low, but they can happen and they are so easily preventable. So if you’re using candles … Continue reading

Road Safety For The Troops

STAFF from LFRS along with partners within Lancashire County Council’s Safer Travel Team attended a road safety round robin held at Weeton Barracks last Tuesday (16th) for around 200 soldiers who are getting ready to go off on their Christmas leave. The event comprised of a Wasted Lives presentation delivered by Steve Collins and Rhiannon Leeds (Safer Travel Team), the drink drive car trailer containing Daniel’s car and a talk from Saint Anne’s fire crews explaining and discussing the equipment used by crews at RTCs. The troops were split into small groups and then made … Continue reading

Fire fatality in Fleetwood

Incident report on our website, fire in domestic property at North Albert Street, Fleetwood, on Tuesday 9th December at 2.46 am:- Fire engines and crews from Blackpool, Bispham and Fleetwood attended a fire involving the ground floor of a property. Alerted to the possibility of someone being trapped inside, six firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus located a casualty and rescued him. The fire was extinguished using a hosereel jet. Casualty was given oxygen therapy by firefighters and was taken to hospital by ambulance. It is with great sadness that we hear that the man rescued from the … Continue reading