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Fire service teaching pupils how to save lives

The fire service will teach pupils to save lives. Credit: ITV Border

Pupils at Keswick School are being taught how to save lives by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

They will be learning a variety of life saving techniques, including CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

The school recently affiliated to the British Heart Foundation and teaches 'Heart Start training' as part of its syllabus.

Washing machine fire at Cumberland Infirmary

The Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters have been called to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, after a washing machine caught fire.

The callout came at around 4pm, and the blaze was put out by the crew using a hose reel jet, with two of them wearing breathing apparatus.

A high pressure fan was then used to ventilate the property.


Council to consider closing fire stations

Cumbria County Council. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to cut millions of pounds from public services in Cumbria will be discussed by councillors today.

Cumbria County Council says it has to save an additional 17.5million pounds next year and is putting forward savings proposals for public consultation.

The plans include closing four fire stations, which the council say could shut as the number of fires in the county is decreasing.

Well we've certainly selected fire stations for a number of reasons, one is that the level of risk has reduced, but also that there is a proximity of other fire resources and fire appliances from local stations in close proximity."

– Jim Onions, Chief Fire Officer, Cumbria Fire and Rescue


'It was unreal', says Carlisle fire witness

A witness to the large blaze in Carlisle has said, "the flames were so intense, it was unreal", after a fire broke out at the garage.

Speaking to ITV News Border, Lorraine Nixon, manager of the St Nicholas Arms Pub nearby, said you could hear the brick work falling from the building:

Six fire crews were called to a garage on London Road at around 6pm tonight, August 25th.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Carlisle garage fire: Man arrested on suspicion of arson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a large fire in Carlisle.

Half a dozen fire crews tackled the blaze at a garage on London Road at around six o'clock tonight, August 25th.

Alan Sowerby from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has told ITV News Border they suspect there may be an asbestos roof involved, so have placed a cordon around the area for the public's safety.

Officers have said man is currently in police custody and is helping with enquiries.

Crowds gather as large fire breaks out in Carlisle

Cumbria Police are asking people to stay away from part of London Road following a huge fire at a garage.

They have said it is not yet know if substances in the garage may become airborne with the fire, which could be harmful to breath in, so the public should avoid the immediate area.

Eye-witness video of fire crews trying to control the fire:

Fire crews tackle 'considerable incident' in Carlisle

Six fire engines have been tackling a large blaze at a garage on London Road, Carlisle.

The fire started behind a Domino's Pizza at around 6pm on Tuesday.

It is not known if there any substances in the garage that may become airborne with the fire, so the public are being advised to keep all windows closed and to stay away from the area.

Cumbria Constabulary have said it is a "considerable incident" and that road closures are expected to be in place for several hours.

Road closures are in place at junctions with:

  • Close Street
  • Grey Street
  • Brook Street

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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