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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

Consultation to begin on Performance Report Action Plan proposals

The Lancashire Combined Fire Authority’s Planning Committee met on Monday to agree the proposals in Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s draft copy of Performance Report and Action Plan 2014. This Performance Report and Action Plan describes the performance of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service during 2013/14; it outlines how risk is changing in Lancashire and invites comments on proposals for change. These include proposals to: Introduce variation to the scale and structure of our Home Fire Safety Check Service to ensure provision is according to an individual’s fire risk, with most of our effort and … Continue reading

Amber Warning for Flash Flooding in Lancashire on Saturday

With torrential downpours expected to fall on Saturday, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to only call 999 if there is a life critical incident. Most calls in respect of flooding are not true emergencies in the sense of endangering life or with a significant risk of property damage; and such calls can potentially jeopardise the Service’s ability to deal with fires and rescues as a top priority. Flooding can produce genuine emergencies of course, which Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is ready and eager to respond to.  Nevertheless, its … Continue reading

Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer Receives Honorary Fellowship

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire on Thursday 17th July to acknowledge his contribution to the community. The Liverpudlian who lives in Aughton excelled academically but turned down an opportunity to study biology at university after joining Merseyside Fire Service for what was intended to be a gap year. He became passionate about firefighting and succeeded in a number of challenging roles, including being on the front line during the Toxteth riots. Chris combined his work with a return to education in … Continue reading

Please Help Us! World Cup Campaign Evaluation

During the FIFA World 2014, the emergency services in Lancashire ran a campaign ‘The ugly consequences of the beautiful game’ from 2nd July to 14th July. Sadly, during major football tournaments in the past, there have been notably spikes in domestic abuse; alcohol related violent crime; arson; fires in the home; criminal damage; anti-social behaviour and drink driving. The six week campaign focused on four key themes; drink driving; domestic abuse; deliberate and accidental fires; and alcohol related violent crime. During this time, radio adverts were publicised on local radio stations; posters and banners were … Continue reading

When a sand rescue training exercise became the real thing …

Journalists were invited to see how rescue teams go about releasing people trapped in quicksand in a training exercise involving Lancashire and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Services, HM Coastguard and Bay Search and Rescue to take place on the sands and mudflats of Morecambe Bay at the Sandside, Milnthorpe on Monday night, 30th June.  In addition to journalists, there were a number of members of the public who on a fine, sunny evening strolled over to see what was going on. What began as a training exercise took a dramatic turn however when the Coastguard … Continue reading

Drowning Prevention Week Roundup

This week we have been working with our partners and local communities to raise awareness around the danger of open water as part of our support for Drowning Awareness Week. At the start of this week, we tragically had a fatal incident involving 17 year old James Goodship who lost his life in a lake near Foulridge and we have had several other incidents during the week involving a wide range of people, places and circumstances. Indeed, one gentleman with 23 years of experience on canals got into difficulty after he fell off his boat … Continue reading

Landlords Forum Events in Fleetwood and Morecambe

The private rented sector is growing in size and importance and it provides a flexible source of accommodation for many people. However, although improvements have been recorded, it remains the case that problems still exist. For example, it is known that incidents of fire in rented properties have increased in the Lancaster District over the last three years. Nationally 60% of deaths in residential properties happen in houses of multiple occupation (HMO) type accommodation. To promote a good quality private rented sector, Lancaster City Council Private Housing Services and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service would like … Continue reading

Emergency Services Officially Launch Reflect Course

This afternoon (Wednesday 25th June), representatives from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Police, North West Ambulance Service, Inspire and Burnley Borough Council met at Burnley Community Fire Station to officially launch the Reflect project. The Reflect course aims to offer a restorative approach to an offender who is eligible for a Penalty Notice for Disorder for drunk and disorderly behaviour. These offenders are given the option to pay a £90 fixed penalty and have a criminal record or pay a £50 fine, have no criminal record and attend an educational awareness course at Burnley … Continue reading

House Fire Yesterday on Carlton Street, Brierfield

1 fire engine from Nelson and another from Bacup, which was in the area at the the time, were dispatched to reports of a house fire on Carlton Street, Brierfield yesterday afternoon. On arrival, the ground floor front room of the property was well alight so firefighters wearing breathing apparatus gained entry into the property and managed to bring the well developed fire under control using a hosereel jet. They then carried out a search of the property using thermal imaging equipment to make sure no casualties where still inside. The fire caused extensive damage to … Continue reading