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Open days to find new on-call firefighters

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Open days are being held across Cumbria to recruit new on-call firefighters.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service needs additional firefighters in Bootle, Coniston, Grange, Lazonby, Longtown, Penrith, Ambleside, Appleby, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Shap, Staveley, Maryport and Silloth.

The Service says it's looking for men and women from all different backgrounds who are fit, healthy, up for a challenge and prepared to commit to the role.

Call rates vary from fire station to fire station, with some of Cumbria’s on-call stations responding to over 200 calls a year and others as few as 15.

On-call firefighters will be expected to attend a two-hour training session at their fire station each week plus additional core training courses in order to maintain operational skills.

The nature of the on-call duty system means firefighters need to live or work within five minutes of their station so they can respond to emergency calls. On-call firefighters are contracted to provide an agreed number of ‘availability’ hours and only attend the fire station when they have received an emergency callout.

Open days, where those potentially interested in becoming on-call firefighters can visit their station to find out more about what the role involves, are taking place on the following dates.

  • Bootle - Saturday 25 April 10am-1pm
  • Coniston - Monday 27 April 4pm-7pm
  • Grange - Wednesday 22 April 4pm-7pm
  • Longtown - Tuesday 14 April 11am-2pm and Tuesday 5 May 4pm-6pm
  • Ambleside - Saturday 18 April 11am-2pm and Wednesday 29 April 4pm-7pm
  • Appleby - Wednesday 15 April 4pm-7pm and Sunday 26 April 11am-2pm
  • Kirkby Lonsdale - Tuesday 14 April 2.30pm-6pm and Monday 20 April 10am-1pm
  • Milnthorpe - Monday 13 April 4pm-7pm and Saturday 2 May 11am-2pm
  • Shap - Monday 13 April 4pm-7pm and Saturday 25 April 11am-2pm
  • Maryport - Wednesday 22 April 11am-2pm and Tuesday 28 April 4pm-6pm
  • Silloth - Thursday 23 April 4pm-6pm and Thursday 30 April 11am-2pm

E-cigarette charger fire warning issued

Fire damaged e-cigarette charger Credit: Cumbria County Council

E-smokers are being urged to unplug chargers when their cigarettes are powered up following a fire at a flat in Kendal.

The fire, which started as a result of a charger being left in and switched on at the socket, caused significant burning to the charger, clothes and a chest of drawers.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said it was only due to the prompt actions of the occupier that the fire was quickly extinguished.

It is estimated that over 100 fires started in the UK last year due to e-cigarette chargers.

“Chargers such as these burn out very easily and people need to remember to switch them off once their device is fully charged. If the flat had been unoccupied at the time of ignition the incident would have been far more serious.”

– Jim Onions, Chief Fire Officer, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging e-cigarette smokers to take the following precautions.

  • Ensure they are using the correct USB charger or adaptor for the battery
  • Check there are specific instructions with the product to give guidance on recharging and how long to charge for.
  • Don’t leave electronic cigarette battery cells unattended whilst they are charging
  • Remove batteries from the charger immediately when the light turns green
  • Turn off and unplug electronic cigarette battery cells that are charging before you go to bed.
  • Always charge the battery on a fire retardant surface
  • Discontinue using if the battery or cables become damaged, or if the battery becomes hot or changes shape or begins to smell.

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Fatal fire in Silloth

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Investigations are underway after a fatal house fire in Silloth yesterday.

Firefighters were called to an incident at a property on Solway Street at 12.44, although the fire was out on arrival.

The fatality was confirmed at the scene and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Shortage of retained firefighters in Cumbria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue is looking for more on-call firefighters. The service has an ongoing recruitment drive but is currently focussing on Shap and Silloth. Kate Farrance, who has three young children and a part-time job, recently signed up as a retained firefighter in Appleby.

Call for more retained firefighters in Cumbria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue is looking for more on-call firefighters.

The service has an on-going recruitment drive which is currently focussed on Shap and Silloth.

Kate Farrance, who has three young children and a part-time job, recently signed up as a retained firefighter in Appleby.

She told ITV Border it has been a rewarding job:

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Firefighters and highways team clear flood water

Flood water that surrounded shops and cut off access to a business park has been cleared by firefighters and highways workers.

Heavy overnight rain and a blocked culvert under the road caused flooding just off the A69 in Warwick Bridge this morning that put nearby shops at risk of flood damage and prevented vehicles getting to and from Warwick Mill Business Park.

Firefighters pumped water and worked with Cumbria County Council's highways team to remove vegetation blocking the culvert.

Once the blockage was removed water levels began to subside.

Over 120 Cumbria firefighters took part in strike

More than 120 firefighters in Cumbria took part in a 24-hour strike from 7am yesterday.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said 45 full-time and around 80 on-call firefighters walked out in the latest round of industrial action over a long-running pensions dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Government.

During the strike CFRS responded to eight incidents including a car fire in Egremont and a chimney blaze in Ulverston.

Fire and rescue capability was provided by non-striking firefighters during the walkout.

Businesses at risk of flood damage as beck bursts its banks

Flooding off the A69 at Warwick Bridge Credit: ITV Border

Heavy overnight rain has led to a beck bursting its banks and put nearby shops and businesses at risk of flood damage.

Firefighters are currently on the scene pumping out water just off the A69 at Warwick Bridge near Carlisle.

Firefighters at the scene pumping out water Credit: ITV Border

The businesses, including a cafe, are closed as they've been cut off and surrounded by the flood.

Businesses at Warwick Bridge cut off by water Credit: ITV Border
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