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Photographer awarded for rescue of flood victim

Pensioner Elizabeth Young would have died back in January after she became trapped in her car during a severe flood.

Amateur photographer Colin Smithson spotted Elizabeth's plight as he took pictures of the flood.

He then risked his own life to help her to safety.

Today Colin was officially honoured for his bravery.

At a special ceremony at Cumbria Fire and Rescue HQ, the 64-year-old from Kirkbride near Wigton, was officially honoured for saving the life of Elizabeth Young earlier this year.

Four hour rescue to save cow

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have spent four hours rescuing a cow from a slurry pit.

Officers were called to Priory Farm at Armathwaite at about 6:30pm yesterday, Monday 7 April.

It took 11 officers to rescue the pregnant animal.

"It was a good hardworking job that was a successful rescue. It's a good reminder of the varying roles that fire fighters undertake to help the public."

– Eddie Burrows, Cumbria Fire and Rescue

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Hoax caller fears

Hoax callers are risking the lives of residents across Cumbria, with hundreds of malicious calls made in just 12 months. The warning comes from fire service bosses after it was revealed that more than 330 malicious calls were made to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service in 2013.

New number for non-emergencies

Cumbria Fire Service has launched a new non-emergency phone number.

Anyone wanting to find out more about home safety checks, report non-emergency fire risks or make general enquiries can ring 0300 303 8623.

Callers can then press one to report a fire risk, two for a home safety check, three for human resources and four for general enquiries.

The fire service says non-urgent fire risks could include potential wildfire hazards or the unsafe storage of combustible materials.

The number will be in operation 24 hours a day.

New non-emergency number for Cumbria's Fire Service

Cumbria Fire Service has launched a new non-emergency phone number.

Anyone wanting to find out more about home safety checks, report non-emergency fire risks or make general enquiries can ring 0300 303 8623.

Callers can then press one to report a fire risk, two for a home safety check, three for human resources and four for general enquiries.

The fire service says non-urgent fire risks could include potential wildfire hazards or the unsafe storage of combustible materials.

The number will be in operation 24 hours a day.

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Petition against fire services cuts hots up

A petition with more than 40,000 signatures opposed to the proposed cuts to Cumbria's Fire Service has been handed in to Cumbria County Council.

The council have made proposals to cut fire engines from stations at Barrow, Penrith, Kendal, Whitehaven, Maryport, Dalton and Workington.

The plans would help to save £24m from the council's budget, but the Fire Brigades Union says the move would risk lives.

'Lives could be at risk' if Cumbrian fire service budgets are cut

There are claims that lives could be put at risk in Cumbria if the number of fire engines across the county is cut.

A consultation is underway into plans to reduce the number by five.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service argues that the move will be safe because fire prevention measures have lead to a large reduction in the number of call outs.

But critics aren't convinced and say the public will suffer. Tim Backshall reports

Campaigners urge council to axe fire bugdet cuts

Campaigners are today continuing to urge Cumbria County Council not to cut fire and rescue budgets.

The council says it needs to save £80million pounds over the next three years.

It has proposed removing one of two fire engines in towns across Cumbria - including Kendal, Maryport, Penrith and Whitehaven.

The Fire Brigades Union is warning that lives could be put in danger if proposed plans go ahead.

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