Chimney fire

October 3rd, 2018 by

Chimney Fire

A crew of six firefighters from Lostwithiel Community Fire Station were mobilised to a chimney fire on the evening of Monday 2 October within the town. After investigating they found the remains of a birds nest halfway up the chimney breast. Please can we ask you to endure your chimney is cleaned after the summer months ahead of the winter.

Thankfully this incident was contained but so often these types of incidents can escalate.

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National Burn Awareness Day

September 27th, 2018 by

National Burn Awareness Day 2018

17 October.

A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.  What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.

In 2017, 7,502 children were burned or scalded. Hot drinks are the most common cause of scald injury in children – followed by contact with electric cookers, irons and hair straighteners.

First Aid

Treat burns with cold running water for 20 minutesGood first aid following a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring.

Two important things to remember are:

Cool, Call, Cover

  1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
  2. Call for help – 999, 111 or local GP for advice
  3. Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm

Stop, Drop, roll

“Stop, drop and roll” is used when clothing catches fire. Children can get confused about when to stop, drop and roll. It is important to know when to do this. Children who do not have a good understanding of stop, drop and roll will sometimes do this if they burn a finger or need to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds. Only use stop, drop and roll when clothing catches fire.

Find out more how to prevent burns HERE


Cornwall Fire and Rescue takes delivery of new Fireboat

July 27th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has operated a fire boat since 1999 when we took delivery of our first boat – Transco Phoenix, a 7.6 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) powered by twin 100Hp outboard engines. The Service had identified the need to provide an operational emergency fire response in and around the Falmouth harbour area due to the large and rapidly growing maritime risk. Falmouth was also becoming a popular choice as a venue for hosting large regattas such as the J Class Regatta, The Pendennis Cup, Off Shore Powerboat Racing to name a few, all of which require a large amount of safety/fire cover.

Other roles that the fire boat carries out are, to provide personnel and equipment transfer in support of Fire and Rescue Marine Response, Forms part of the King Harry reach response plan, to provide primary fire cover to the 100+ house boats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas. We can also be called upon by other agencies to be used during high profile events anywhere in Cornwall throughout the summer months.

Fast forward 18 years to the start of 2017 and it was clear that Transco Phoenix had served her time and was due for replacement. A tender was put out for Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) manufacturers to bid on. After considering certain criteria, Ribcraft who are based in Yeovil, Somerset were awarded the contract. Ribcraft have a long history of building high spec’ customised RIB’s both for the leisure market and, commercial sector. What really stood out with Ribcraft is that the entire boat is built in house at their factory.

I was tasked with leading the project at a station/operational level, identifying the needs of the Service and how best these could be fulfilled on the new boat. Having had the previous boat to learn from and the luxury of having a RIB built from scratch I was keen to put our own stamp on it and make sure that it would firstly, be fit for purpose, but also easy to use in terms of the firefighting systems.

Working with Ribcraft we drew up certain criteria, namely that it would be easily trailable, would have a good working platform, carry a crew of 6 Firefighters and 2 coxswains, carry a light portable pump (LPP) which could be easily got to work and provide a fixed monitor with water.

Ribcraft have been an excellent company to work with during the build phase of this project keeping us regularly updated through video calls and myself visiting the factory at key stages of the build to ensure good progress and discuss any issues or improvements that needed to be addressed.

Early March, and after some solid and very successful sea trials in Portland Harbour “Skath an Tanlu” (Cornish for “Fire Boat” and chosen by members of the public through public voting) was delivered to the Service.

We could not be more pleased with our latest asset and Ribcraft have delivered exactly what was asked of them and their expertise and craftmanship in building RIBs is clearly evident in the new fire boat. Powered by twin Suzuki 140hp engines she has a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots, “Skath an Tanlu” is 8.5 metres long with a 3 metre beam (width), providing fire crews with an excellent and safe working platform. She carries a Godiva Powerflow 8/5 Twin LPP providing 800l/min at 5 bar.

The boat will be based at Falmouth Community Fire Station and berthed at Falmouth Haven pontoons in Falmouth Harbour during the summer months. It is hoped that “Skath an Tanlu” will be fully operational by July 2018 and it is fair to say that everyone involved is looking forward to getting out and using the RIB for many years to come.

Giles Kent, Crew Manager, Falmouth Community Fire Station


Businesses urged to take precautions to prevent false alarms and arson during UK Business Safety Week 2017

October 3rd, 2017 by

Cornwall businesses are being urged to take precautions to prevent arson and false alarms as part of UK Business Safety Week (11-17 September).

The week, which aims to reduce fire incidents in the workplace, provides an opportunity for local businesses to think about fire safety and focus on prevention in areas which are often overlooked.

Nationally, there are nearly 3,000 arson attacks on businesses each year, prompting the reminder for businesses to take measures to reduce the threat of arson, which is still a major factor in commercial fires.

Terry Nottle, Station Manager for Business Support, said: “An arson attack can be devastating, but it would probably surprise people to know that most arson attacks aren’t planned, they are opportunistic. Simple steps to reduce the build-up of combustibles and waste near buildings can reduce the likelihood of an arson attack. If you haven’t done a recent workplace fire risk assessment, now is the time.”

False alarms are another area businesses are being asked to think about. Across the UK there are nearly 250,000 false alarms a year and according to the Fire Industry Association, this costs business and fire and rescue services £1 billion.

“Every false alarm causes disruption and repeated false alarms are a sign you need to review your procedures, or could be a sign of unmaintained equipment,” said Terry. “This can affect the confidence your customers and staff have in you, as well as impact on productivity and  the general routine of your organisation, not to mention putting lives at risk.

“Ensuring an alarm system is appropriate for your premises can quickly reduce false activations. Our message this week is simple – have you done everything you can to protect your business?”

Arson prevention advice for shops and stores

  • Limit as far as possible the number of entrances in use (but do not block fire exits!)
  • Keep a watch on what is going on. Larger establishments might have a security guard on duty at main entrances, while in smaller businesses you and your staff should practice vigilance.
  • As part of staff training, remind all employees of arson threats and ask them to report any suspicious behaviour.
  • Ensure that doors and windows are in good repair and that locks are working.
  • Gaps under doors to the street should be as narrow as possible – this will prevent items such as lighted paper being pushed under them.
  • If there is a letterbox, it should have a metal container fitted on the inside (to contain any fires from lighted rags or paper).
  • Keep a list of people holding keys to the premises, and chase any that are missing.
  • Identify possible entry routes for intruders (ie. via yards, up drainpipes or even flat roofs) and consider what could be done to prevent access.
  • Special danger areas are storages and warehousing, which should only be accessible to authorised members of staff.
  • Is there a system for leaving lights on at night?
  • For further information on reducing arson risks, please visit our arson prevention webpages

Reducing false alarms

  • The Fire and Rescue Service will work with you to reduce false alarms at your premises and in some cases we may take enforcement action
  • False alarms can be caused by cooking, welding, steam, dust and aerosols, as well as poor maintenance and cleaning or poor design and installation

For further information on how to reduce false alarms please visit our false alarms webpage.

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