Firefighters could be driving gritting lorries when the roads ice up in winter

September 8, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Fifty Lincolnshire retained firefighters have expressed an interest in helping out the public – as winter gritter drivers. It was revealed on Thursday that Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service are being called on to help their colleagues in county council highways. Because of a poor response to an appeal for people to join the 120-strong gritting fleet drivers’ pool, firefighters are being asked to help out in 2016. Winter maintenance engineer Richard Fenwick confirmed that 50 […]

Emergency service obesity calls in Lincolnshire double

June 25, 2016 Spilsby Online 0

Firefighters in Lincolnshire have seen a doubling in the number of calls to assist the ambulance service treat obese people in one year. Last year Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 37 incidents, compared with 16 in 2014 /2015. The service is now carrying out special training sessions using a 28 stone (179kg) dummy. Figures obtained by the BBC show a rise in “bariatric rescues” from four assistance requests in 2011/12. The type of rescues […]

Lincolnshire fire service: Council backs crew cuts

April 8, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

The number of fire fighters on each crew in Lincolnshire will be reduced from five to four after cuts were approved by the county council. Lincolnshire’s Chief Fire Officer Dave Ramscar said the move would have “no significant impact” on the service’s ability to protect the public. But Fire Brigades Union (FBU) chairman Ben Selby warned the cost-cutting move could put lives at risk. The changes will save about £650,000 annually, the county council said. […]

Reminder To Tick, Tock, Test! This Sunday

March 19, 2015 Spilsby Online 0

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to give their smoke alarms a spring clean and check that it works as the clocks go forward, on 29 March. Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home and national statistics show people are at least four times more likely to die if there’s no working smoke alarm. As part of the national FireKills campaign, firefighters across the county are also encouraging people to […]