Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s purpose is to make Lancashire safer and we strive to deliver the highest standards of operational response to a wide range of risks and emergencies.
Periodically we undertake an emergency cover review (ECR) to ensure that our emergency response remains effective and efficient, and that we are well equipped to respond to future challenges.
Our strategic assessment of risk identifies the greatest risks to the people and communities of Lancashire, and our community risk management plan and supporting strategies set out how we respond to them.
We have assessed the locations, numbers and types of fire stations and appliances against community risks and incident levels across the county. Duty systems have also been reviewed to establish more sustainable and effective crewing arrangements. The ways we operate evolve as risks to public safety change. The proposals in this ECR aim to strengthen the Service’s response to climate change emergencies by introducing fire appliances that can travel off-road in areas prone to flooding and wildfires. We are also enhancing our capabilities in relation to high rise building and commercial fires, with no reduction in the overall number of fire stations or appliances in the county.
Changes to crewing arrangements are proposed at some stations, based on risks and incident levels in the area, and the introduction of a more flexible and resilient duty system.
The proposals reflect an investment in frontline services and an increase in the number of firefighters that will ensure we continue to build a highly skilled, resilient and agile fire and rescue service, fit for the future.
We welcome your views on the proposals through our consultation.
Justin Johnston, Chief Fire Officer and David O’Toole, Chairman of The Lancashire Combined Fire Authority