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Kendal Fire Crew win award for "outstanding" work during the floods

A fire crew from Kendal have been awarded a Chief Fire Officer's Certificate of Congratulations for a rescue they carried out in Ambleside during the floods.

Certificate of Congratulations awarded to Kendal Fire and Rescue team Credit: ITV Border

Enhanced Cover Watch Manager Paul Hanby and the Kendal Appliance crew responded to an incident in which a couple were in serious danger from the flood water that surrounded their property.

When the they arrived the crew spoke to the couple on the phone. They were in the bedroom with the water level rising. The foundations had been washed away in one corner of the property and the couple were terrified that the house would be swept away.

After attempts to get to the couple were deemed too dangerous, the crew called for a rescue helicopter.

But delays to the helicopter meant it was decided the only way to rescue the couple from the fast flowing waters was by boat. Once the two casualties had put on lifejackets they were helped out of a window by the rescue team, before climbing down a ladder and into a boat.

They were then taken to safety in a nearby hotel.

Fire crew commended for their work during floods

A fire crew from Barrow has today received an award for outstanding work during December's floods.

Barrow Blue Watch have been commended for their work during the floods Credit: ITV Border

Members of the Barrow Blue Watch crew, were given a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation for their work on three highly dramatic rescues. They included:

  • A dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a car in rising water at an unknown location near Kendal. The crew managed to locate and save the lady to a massive relief to all of the personnel in the control room who had kept her calm for over 20 minutes until she was found.
  • The crew then went to help 2 police officers had got in to difficulty on the A590. Their police van was right in the middle of the road being forced against the central reservation. With the water up to the windscreen of their fire engine the crew managed to navigate the appliance next to the police van and get the police officers to dry land.


Fire crews honoured for saving lives during floods

A rescue during the floods. Credit: PA

Firefighters who saved lives when flooding devastated Cumbria last December are being recognised at an awards ceremony today.

It's taking place at the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Penrith today.

They include a team from Penrith who rescued four adults and two children who had become trapped in a loft in Pooley Bridge.

Our firefighters did an incredible job right across the county during the floods; it's no exaggeration to say their work saved lives. But even in that context the work on these three rescues was truly exceptional. All three occurred in the most testing of conditions and required extremely high levels of skill, judgement and bravery. As a service, and a county, we should be proud of them and the difference they made that night."

– Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions

Fire crew: floods show station shouldn't be closed

The fire service played a vital role in the recovery. Credit: ITV Border

Crews from a fire station that could be closed say their work rescuing people from the floods highlights how vital they are to the community.

Cumbria County Council has published plans to close Lazonby fire station in a bid to cut costs.

The village's crews worked round the clock last week to help those trapped by flooding.

Protests expected over fire and rail cuts

The council has proposed closing fire stations. Credit: ITV Border

Opponents of plans to cut fire stations and axe rail jobs in Cumbria are expected to stage protests in Kendal today.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union and the RMT rail union are set to gather outside Cumbria County Council's full council meeting, to object to proposals to close five fire stations and cut train guard posts.

Firefighters continue to tackle 'major timber blaze' near Maryport

The fire at Risehow Industrial Estate Credit: Stephen Longstaff

Ten fire engines battled a blaze at a timber yard in Flimby throughout the night.

Despite the wind creating difficult conditions, the flames at Risehow Industrial Estate are now said to be under control .

Crews were called to the scene at 5.16pm yesterday, where they found fire in a stack of timber.

It was spreading fast through several thousand tonnes of bark chippings.

This morning, four fire engines, along with other Fire and Rescue resources, remain at the site and are continuing to tackle the fire.

Ten fire engines were called to tackle the blaze Credit: Stephen Longstaff


Emergency services called to Carlisle fire

Emergency services at the scene on Newton Road Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are currently dealing with a fire in Carlisle.

Police were called to the scene at Newtown Road at 10:56am today.

The road is currently closed, and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Fire fighters working to put out the flames Credit: ITV Border

Fatal fire in Dumfries

The fire happened in the Larchfield area of Dumfries. Credit: ITV News Border

A man has died after a house fire in Dumfries.

The incident happened around 6pm on Friday in the Larchfield area of the town.

Three fire engines attended the scene and firefighters were notified that a person was still inside the house, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Firefighters in Cumbria prepare to strike

Credit: PA

Firefighters in Cumbria are set to go on strike this week over a long-running dispute with the Government.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called the 24-hour walk-out from 7am on Wednesday in protest at Government plans to raise the retirement age of firefighters in England from 55 to 60.

The FBU opposes this move as they argue older firefighters could struggle with the physical demands of the job and pose a risk to themselves and the public.

Strike action has been taking place on and off since September 2013.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents to take extra fire safety steps to protect themselves and their loved ones when firefighters go on strike as they might not be able to provide the same level of emergency response.

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