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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

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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.

Man killed in fire is named

A man who died in a house fire in Ryanview Crescent in Stranraer, on Saturday 8th November, has been named by Police Scotland as 91-year-old Norman Fidler.

The Procurator Fiscal has been informed and a joint fire investigation with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to take place to establish the cause of the fire, which at this stage is not thought to be suspicious.

Waste facility to re-open Monday following fire

Shanks Waste Management have said they will re-open on Monday following a fire at their building in Carlisle.

At 12.50am last night, 6th November, four fire engines were called to a fire involving 3000 tonnes of waste at Shanks Waste Management in Hespin Wood, Rockcliffe.

"Shanks can confirm that there has been a small fire at its Hespin Wood facility in Carlisle. We are pleased that our efficient incident management procedures meant that nobody was hurt and there was no damage to the building or equipment. We expect to restart operations at the facility on Monday and investigations into the source of the fire will begin immediately. We would like to thank the fire service for their assistance in dealing with the small fire quickly and efficiently.”

– Official statement from Shanks Waste Management

Fire involved 3000 tonnes of waste

The fire was at Shanks Waste Management in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

A fire, involving 3000 tonnes of waste, has been extinguished in Carlisle.

At 12.50am last night, 6th November, four fire engines were called to a fire involving 3000 tonnes of waste at Shanks Waste Management in Rockcliffe, Carlisle.

Four on site monitors, a main jet and a water bowser were used by the crews to extinguish the blaze. One fire engine remains at the scene monitoring the waste for hotspots.

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