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Have your say on fire station closure plan

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A public-drop in session is being held for people to give their views on plans to close Staveley fire station.

Cumbria County Council has put forward proposals to close five fire stations across the county including Staveley in a bid to save more than £300,000.

The council says adequate cover can be provided from other fire stations and the five at risk of closure are no longer needed but the Fire Brigades Union argue closures could put lives at risk.

?The consultation event is being held at Staveley Village Hall on Tuesday 8 December, from 12 noon to 7pm and will provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and give comments and feedback on the proposals.

Comments can also be made on the county council’s website at https://cumbria.citizenspace.com/cumbria-county-council/environment/cumbria-fire-rescue-service-draft-integrated-risk

The consultation runs until Friday 22 January.

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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
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