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Industrial action by the FBU, 10.59pm to 11.59pm Sunday 10th August

The strike undertaken by FBU members from 10.59pm to 11.59pm tonight has now ended. Fire engines and crews were available to respond to emergency calls during the one-hour period and dealt with a minor fire involving a fridge at a house in Blackburn.

Industrial action by the FBU, 12pm to 2pm Sunday 10th August

The strike undertaken by FBU members from 12pm to 2pm today has now ended. Fire engines and crews responded to four emergency calls during the two-hour period:- a ‘smell of smoke’ investigated in premises in Preston, but there was no fire an automatic fire alarm call in Burscough that was quickly resolved a car on fire at Forton Services, M6 (no injuries) an incident on the M6 northbound between juntions 29 and 30, where a heavy goods vehicle had hit the central reservation (no-one was trapped, no injuries reported)

Industrial action by the FBU, 10.59pm to 11.59pm Saturday 9th August

The strike undertaken by FBU members from 10.59pm to 11.59pm tonight has now ended. Although fire engines and crews were available to respond to emergency calls during the one-hour period, there were no incidents.

Industrial action by the FBU, 12pm to 2pm Saturday 9th August

The strike undertaken by FBU members from 12pm to 2pm today has now ended. Although fire engines and crews were available to respond to emergency calls during the two-hour period, there was just one incident, which proved to be a false alarm call in Preston.

Chorley Needs Retained Firefighters, Can You Help?

Chorley Community Fire Station is on the look out for new retained firefighters who live or work within five minutes of the new fire station in Euxton. Firefighters must be 18 years of age when they join, but this should not dissuade 17-year-olds from registering their interest. All retained firefighters must be able to respond and arrive at the fire station on Westway, Chorley, within five minutes, have permission from their current employer and maintain a reasonable standard of fitness. If you would like to know more about the Retained Duty System, the process for … Continue reading

Little Digmoor’s Community Action and Information Event

Community fire safety staff will be taking part in a local action initiative in Little Digmoor, Skelmersdale next week aiming to help address issues in the local community. The event has been organised by the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime, remove rubbish that can lead to anti-social behaviour and nuisance fires and provide a range of advice and support for various community safety related issues. The information event will take place on Monday 11th at Digmoor’s community centre, however a skip will be provided to facilitate a … Continue reading

More Strike Dates Announced by the FBU

The Fire Brigades Union has announced further strike dates in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. The dates are: Saturday 9 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Sunday 10 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Monday 11 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Tuesday 12 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Wednesday 13 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Thursday 14 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Friday 15 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Saturday 16 August 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny says: “This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and our … Continue reading

Safety First for Summer Cooking

With the summer holidays in full swing, many children across Lancashire will be spending more time in the kitchen. But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob. So as part of the Fire Kills campaign, Lancashire is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn this summer. Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety … Continue reading

Take Care With Candles During ‘Lights Out’ Remembrance

Firefighters across Lancashire are reminding those taking part in the WW1 ‘Lights Out’ remembrance campaign tonight (Monday, August 4th) to take extra care with their candles. Lights Out is a national initiative that marks 100 hundred years since the outbreak of World War 1 when then British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, famously remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” As a mark of remembrance a Royal British Legion is encouraging people to turn off their lights on Monday from 10pm – 11pm … Continue reading

Community Open Day for Blackburn Fire Station

On Saturday 2nd August, between 10am and 3pm, Blackburn’s firefighters along with a few of our partner agencies are inviting the public to come and explore the fire station and catch the crews in action; find out a bit more about fire safety and road safety and of course have a little fun too.   This year’s open day falls around the Islamic celebration of Eid and whilst ultimately the theme of the day will be community fire safety we haven’t forgotten to the fun stuff either. We have stalls selling cakes, Asian cuisine, toys … Continue reading