Last year we set out to strengthen community safety in respect of emerging risks affecting Lancashire. Climate change in particular is having a significant impact on homes, businesses and environments, and the risk of flooding and wildfires has increased.

In response, we invested in wildfire personal protective equipment (PPE) for every firefighter in the Service plus additional equipment for specialist wildfire units. Two new all-terrain Hagglund vehicles were added to our fleet to make it easier to access rural areas during extreme weather events. These vehicles have already proved their  worth in multiple incidents across the county.

Collaboration with other emergency services continued to deliver improved public services. We attended more incidents to gain entry to homes where there was a medical emergency and assist in searching for missing people than the previous year.

These partnerships enable us to use our skills and experience to keep people safe in diverse ways. A new collaboration with North West Ambulance Service on their community first responder initiative has already seen a Lancashire resident benefit from life-saving first aid from one of our staff responding from the workplace.

Business Fire Safety Checks is a new service delivered by operational crews to help small and lower risk businesses comply with fire safety laws, following significant changes to legislation. This means our dedicated fire safety inspection teams can focus on premises where occupants are at a higher risk of harm.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our emergency cover consultation which reviewed fire engines and crewing arrangements alongside community risks. The improvements identified reflect the most effective and efficient use of resources for the whole of Lancashire. All 39 fire stations and 58 fire appliances have been maintained and we are increasing the number of firefighters employed.

An innovation that is already benefitting Lancashire as part of the review is the introduction of dynamic cover software to deploy resources. It provides visual data on community risks and emergency cover in real-time to inform decision-making. This means we can position firefighters and fire engines with greater precision and has improved emergency cover and response times in communities during several periods of high demand.

During the year we were proud to offer critical support to people outside of Lancashire, as we responded to international emergency events. We supplied two fire engines and equipment  to Ukrainian firefighters and formed part of search and rescue teams following natural disasters in Turkey and Malawi.

“Behind all these achievements are dedicated people with the highest levels of skills and expertise. From saving lives on the frontline to supporting behind the scenes, we are united in our determination to make Lancashire safer.”

– Chief Fire Officer Justin Johnston