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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

This week is Arson Awareness Week

This week Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are highlighting the dangers of deliberate fire setting as part of Arson Awareness Week. Deliberate fires involving vehicles, rubbish, wheelie bins and grass can spread quickly and have devastating effects on families, local businesses and the environment. As recently as two weeks ago firefighters were called to tackle a grass fire near Darwen tower and whilst the cause of this fire is still currently under investigation, the fire itself has left both a scar on the landscape and undoubtedly has had an impact on the habitat of wildlife. … Continue reading

Employers Recognised for Retained Support

Station Manager Tony Ashworth of Nelson Fire Station presented Ian Bannister of Graham Engineering with a Certificate of Appreciation recently in recognition of their continued support for Lancashire’s retained firefighters. Graham Engineering employs two retained firefighters; Steve Holden and Matt Chestney, and the company allow them to respond during the day to emergencies whilst they are at work.   “In Lancashire we need to keep retained fire engines available to respond to incidents particularly during the day and so support from local businesses is vital. In Pendle for instance, every fire station relies on retained … Continue reading

‘Dying for a Dip’ water safety campaign

Today Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service formally launched a new water safety education package ‘Dying for a Dip’ alongside two new video case studies in an attempt to raise awareness around the dangers of swimming in open water in the forthcoming summer months. Drowning is the third most common cause of death amongst young people aged between 10 and 18 and these casualties are also more likely to be male. Over recent years firefighters and community safety staff have delivered water safety awareness sessions across the county but in the aftermath of the James Goodship … Continue reading

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

Investigation Continues Into Death in Blackburn

A joint investigation between Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is underway following the death of a man in Blackburn yesterday afternoon. Police Officers and Firefighters were called at around 3:35pm on Saturday 4th April to the canal towpath close to the former Moorings Pub on Bolton Road, Blackburn following reports that a man was on fire. Sadly a man believed to be aged in his late fifties was confirmed deceased at the scene. Formal identification is yet to take place. A post mortem examination will take place today and enquiries are on-going … Continue reading

Emergency Cover Review implementation – Chorley, Bamber Bridge and USAR

On 1st April 2015, the changes agreed by The Lancashire Combined Fire Authority during the Emergency Cover Review in 2013 will come into effect. The changes will see the wholetime fire engine at Bamber Bridge change to the day crewing plus rota system, whilst the retained fire engine will be kept at the station. The wholetime fire engine at Chorley will also be changed to the day crewing plus (DCP) rota system and the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) function will be split between the two stations and use the day crewing plus firefighters to … Continue reading

Skelmersdale ‘Kicks’ Scheme Scoring Well So Far

‘Kicks’ is the Latics in the Community led football coaching scheme which fire crews from Skelmersdale fire station and staff from the Evermoor Hub in Digmoor have been have been hosting in a bid to engage local youngsters and drive down anti-social behaviour. The football coaching scheme is free to attend and is aimed at youngsters (both male and female) aged between 8 and 17 in the Tanhouse and Digmoor areas of Skelmersdale. The sessions run twice a week from 6pm to 8pm, with the fire station hosting the event on Thursday’s and the Evermoor … Continue reading

Spring into action and test your smoke alarm when you put the clock forward this weekend

Give your smoke alarms a spring clean – Tick Tock Test your smoke alarms when you change your clocks this weekend. As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people across the country to welcome British Summer Time by Tick Tock Testing their smoke alarms when they change their clocks over the weekend of 28-29 March. As we prepare for the warmer weather and the joys of spring, many of us already have a long list of chores like cleaning windows, painting hallways or tidying up the garden. For … Continue reading

Lytham St Annes landlord fined for breaking fire safety law

On the 18th March 2015 Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service successfully prosecuted Mr Stuart De’Ath, the landlord of a number of premises in the Lytham St Annes area, for eighteen separate breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 relating to three of his premises. The prosecution followed an inspection of the premises by Fire Safety Enforcement Officers from St Annes Fire Station and Housing Officers from Fylde Borough Council, which resulted in Mr De’Ath being issued with Prohibition Notices to improve fire safety in the buildings. The three premises, all in St Annes, … Continue reading