Out­stand­ing ac­co­lade for Lan­cashire crews

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LAN­CASHIRE Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is the only fire and res­cue ser­vice to be rated “out­stand­ing” in any cat­e­gory fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary and Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices (HMICFRS).

The ser­vice was in­spected dur­ing the Win­ter Hill moor­land fire in July 2018, in the first full assess­ment of fire and res­cue ser­vices in Eng­land for sev­eral years.

The in­spec­tion as­sessed how ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (LFRS) pre­vents, pro­tects the pub­lic from, and re­sponds to, fires.

It also as­sessed how well the ser­vice looked af­ter staff.

LFRS, which was in the first group of fire and res­cue ser­vices to be in­spected, was rated as “out­stand­ing” for pro­mot­ing its val­ues and cul­ture.

In all other ar­eas, the ser­vice was rated as “good” with no ar­eas that “re­quire im­prove­ment” in any of the 11 cat­e­gories as­sessed.

Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Chris Kenny said: “The re­port re­leased to­day is fur­ther ev­i­dence that Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is a strongly per­form­ing, for­ward think­ing ser­vice and I am proud of ev­ery mem­ber of staff who has helped us get to this po­si­tion.

“It is no ac­ci­dent that the cul­ture and val­ues of the ser­vice were rated as out­stand­ing – this is a re­flec­tion of the at­tributes I see in our staff ev­ery day.”

“We have had to make some tough de­ci­sions in re­cent years be­cause of the bud­get con­straints, but we made those de­ci­sions early.

“This has meant that we are now in a stronger po­si­tion fi­nan­cially and it has al­lowed us to in­no­va­tively rein­vest some of those savings in front­line ser­vices.

“For ex­am­ple, af­ter widespread flood­ing, we pur­chased flood suits for ev­ery fire­fighter.

“We have taken a bold ap­proach to col­lab­o­ra­tion. We work closely with a wide range of part­ners and this has seen us shar­ing the first fire and po­lice air sup­port unit, we take part in new op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties such as gain­ing en­try to prop­er­ties where there’s a med­i­cal emer­gency and as­sist­ing in vul­ner­a­ble miss­ing per­son searches.

“We are now look­ing to build on our strengths and we are al­ready work­ing on ar­eas that we know we can im­prove and this is re­flected in our an­nual ser­vice plan.

“I be­lieve that we are one of the best equipped, best trained and most pro­fes­sional fire and res­cue ser­vices in the coun­try and we are com­mit­ted to find­ing new ways of work­ing to im­prove ser­vices for the peo­ple of Lan­cashire.”

The Win­ter Hill fire, above; LFRS fire en­gines, left; chief of­fi­cer Chris Kenny, in­set left

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