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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

Safer Together campaign launched to prevent fire deaths this Christmas

In Lancashire, the numbers of house fires and injuries from fires are at their lowest recorded levels ever. Despite this, over the last three years nearly half of the fire deaths in Lancashire have occurred during a three week period at the end of December and early January. Over 90% of people losing their lives at this time of year are older people living alone with no working smoke alarm. With these stats in mind, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is launching their SAFER Together campaign. The campaign aims to reduce the number of elderly … Continue reading

24-hour strike, 9th/10th December, announced by the Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union has announced a further strike period in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. Commencing 9th December at 9am to 9am on the 10th December 2014. 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 who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public can be reassured that the Service … Continue reading

Brightsparx Poster Campaign Winners

Leyland fire station played host to the presentation event for the 2014 Brightsparx poster competition last Wednesday evening where the winner and runners up came along to celebrate their achievement and claim their prizes. The poster competition was run across the South Ribble district, involving local primary schools and we received over 700 entries, but only 15 winners could be selected. First prize was a Samsung Galaxy tablet with the runners up prizes including tickets to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service fireworks display at the service training centre and swimming vouchers. The prizes were … Continue reading

UK Business Safety Week from 8th to 14th December

The Chief Fire Officers Association have announced the launch of UK Business Safety Week 2014 which will be taking place from 8th – 14th December. The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses could have additional fire risks to consider – whether due to large amounts of extra stock, an increase in seasonal employees, or because they are preparing for a winter shutdown period. For more information go HERE

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

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

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

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