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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

Fatal House Fire in Nelson

At 1:14am on Saturday (14th March) morning, two fire engines  from Nelson fire station were called to a house fire on Princess Street in Nelson. When firefighters arrived they found a mid-terraced property on fire with smoke spreading to one of the houses next door. Four teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property with hose reels and after searching the premises, they found that a man had unfortunately died as a result of the fire. A joint fire and police investigation is now taking place and the Service offers its condolences to the … Continue reading

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and NW Ambulance Service First Responder pilot project

Clinical evidence shows that patients in life-threatening situations who receive rapid intervention will have a better chance of survival. For those who are suffering cardiac arrest, for example, the chance of a positive outcome is improved by ten per cent for every minute saved in getting treatment underway. The First Responder project is a pilot with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) which aims to introduce first responding in Ormskirk and Morecambe station areas. Staff in both locations will be trained as a first responder which will see them respond as a team to medical emergencies … Continue reading

Fatal fire at house on Whalley Road, Barrow, Clitheroe

At 5.20am this morning (Tuesday 3rd March) a call came through that a detached house on Whalley Road, Clitheroe was on fire, both floors of the two-storey building well alight. Five fire engines and crews from Clitheroe (2), Hyndburn (1), Great Harwood (1) and Padiham (1) were sent to the incident together with an aerial ladder platform and crew. Over a period of three hours firefighters extinguished the fire using three main water jets. A man in his 80s was recovered from the property and taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital to be treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. … Continue reading

Spring Into Action and Check Those Smoke Alarms

As we prepare for the warmer weather and the joys of spring, many of us will already have a long list of chores like cleaning windows, painting hallways or tidying up the garden building up and for many people testing smoke alarms is often low on their list of priorities. But doing so could save your life. Most people think that a fire will never break out in their homes but you’re at least four times more likely to die in a fire in your home if you do not have a working smoke alarm.  … Continue reading

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