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Firefighters have rescued a person from a "large rock" in Whitehaven.
The crew was called at 4:23pm on Monday 13 March, to North Shore Road in the town.
They lowered the casualty from the top of a large rock, using height safety kits, and were on the scene for just over an hour.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit on-call staff at its Lazonby station, near Penrith.
The be eligible for the roles, candidates need to live or work within five minutes of the station.
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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.
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.
A fire crew from Barrow has today received an award for outstanding work during December's floods.
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.
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."
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.
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.