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Lancashire Firefighters advise people to celebrate Bonfire Night safely

Lancashire’s firefighters are encouraging people to stay safe during the Bonfire Night period by attending a properly organised bonfire party.  Bonfires and home firework displays need a lot of planning if they are to be safe and not a hazard for those attending.  A visit to an organised display usually means bigger, better fireworks and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.  Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny says:  “Our firefighters, paramedics, A&E staff and the police often witness the down-side to Bonfire Night, the fires and injuries that can easily result when celebration turns … Continue reading

More strike dates announced by Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union has announced further strike dates in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms. The dates are: Friday 31st October 2014 6pm to midnight Saturday 1st November 00.00 am to midnight Sunday 2nd November 00.00 am to midnight Monday 3rd November 00.00 am to midnight Tuesday 4th November 00.00 am to 6pm  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 … Continue reading

Incident in Accrington Town Centre

Yesterday afternoon, firefighters from Hyndburn fire station were called to Duckworths Estate Agents in Accrington after staff reported a ‘strange smell and a haze in the property’ at 15:55. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went inside the property to investigate the smell and they managed to isolate the gas and electricity. Once these firefighters had come out of the property they reported having itchy skin and were decontaminated straight away. Paramedics were asked to check the firefighters and the two members of staff inside the estate agents at the time the incident was reported, all … Continue reading

Local business injects some realism into Clitheroe Firefighters’ drill session

FOR firefighters at Clitheroe, Monday night is drill night; a time when the crews come together and put into practice the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the ‘what if?’ rescue scenarios they could expect to encounter when they get called out for real. Last Monday (13th) was no ordinary drill session for the crews; they were to head off site to a simulated chemical incident at Böttcher Systems chemical plant based up at the Link 59 Business Park on the outskirts of the town. The scenario for the exercise involved two night maintenance … Continue reading

Fire at commercial unit, Skelmersdale

Firefighters were called to a fire at HR Kilns in Gorsey Way Skelmersdale at around 3am on Sunday 12th October. Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were used by forty firefighters to tackle the blaze which was fully put out by ten am. The building involved the manufacture of fibreglass tanks which contributed to a large amount of smoke in the early stages of the incident and the need to contain fire run off water safely. There was no risk to public health during or after the incident. Officers from the Environment Agency … Continue reading

Community Open Day for Clitheroe Fire Station

On Sunday 12th October, between 11am and 4pm, Clitheroe’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 and road safety and of course have a little fun too.   We have stalls selling cakes, toys and drinks as well as face painting, quizzes, craft activities and games ensuring that there’s a little bit of something for everyone.   The work of today’s firefighters is more complex and demanding than ever … Continue reading

Check Your Electric Blanket, It Could Save Your Life

Despite the milder weather we are experiencing at the moment, it is inevitable that with winter approaching, the nights will begin to get cooler. For many residents of Lancashire, this means its time to get their electric blankets out of storage, however, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the potential dangers of electric blankets if they are not used or stored correctly. As a result, Community Fire Safety staff from Preston are inviting people to get their electric blankets tested free of charge, and, if it is found to be faulty, it will … Continue reading

Ageing Safely Week this week and UK Older People’s Day on Weds 1st October

Throughout the County during ‘Ageing Safely Week, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will be out and about promoting fire safety, essential any time of year but highlighted this week ond during UK Older People’s Day on Wednesday 1st October. Here’s where and what they’ll be doing:- On Tuesday 30th September Fire safety advice session at Buscough Library during the day More fire safety advice available during a Tea Dance at Chorley Town Hall 2pm to 4pm Cream Tea and fire safety talk at the Town Hall, during the afternoon Tea Dance and fire safety promotion at the North Euston … Continue reading

Burnley and Pendle Prince’s Trust Teams Recruiting

Prince’s Trust teams in Burnley and Pendle are still on the look out for young adults who would like to enrol on a 12 week course beginning as soon as possible. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has developed as a Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner since April 2001, successfully delivering over 270 team programmes to over 3,500 young people across eight locations within the county. The programme is available for both unemployed and employed young people and includes work experience, careers advice and job opportunities, new qualifications, challenging projects, an action-packed team building week away, the … Continue reading

Nelson Fire Station’s Community Open Day

On Saturday 27th September, from 11am until 3pm Nelson’s firefighters will be rolling back those big red doors ready to welcome in the local community for their annual station open day. Each year firefighters invite the public to come along to the fire station, have a chat with them, watch a few demonstrations, explore the fire engines and have a bit of fun and this year there will be plenty of that to be had too. The open day is a free event and open to everyone whether young or old, big or small and … Continue reading