In its annual report released this week, the LFRS said it had:
– attended to 19,000 emergency incidents (a 10% increase over the previous year)
– performed over 17,600 residential fire safety checks (a 30% increase)
– educated 66,141 children and young people on incident prevention (an increase of 213%)
– recruited 50 on-call firefighters
In addition to the more traditional roles of the fire and rescue service, the crews also continued to help roll out the Covid vaccination programme.
Fire Chief Justin Johnston said: “During the pandemic, we helped administer approximately 500,000 vaccinations, with approximately 125,000 vaccines administered by our staff.
“This vital work was done alongside attending nearly 19,000 emergency incidents and performing more than 17,600 home fire safety checks, as well as providing many other services throughout the county. .
“Towards the end of last year the service was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspection of the Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services. The inspection revealed that the Fire and Rescue Service of the Lancashire performs exceptionally well and has recognized that we are ‘outstanding’ at promoting values and culture.
“I am incredibly proud of these accomplishments which reflect the efforts of all of our staff and demonstrate that we continue to be one of the best equipped, best trained and most professional fire and rescue services in the country.
Are there any improvements to be made?
There are some areas where the service fell below 20/21 performance.
The report shows that the average incident response time for 21/22 was 7 minutes 56 seconds, 16 seconds less than the previous year.
The number of engines available also dropped from 90.4% to 88.2%.
A spokesperson for the LFRS told the Post that of the department’s 58 fire engines, on average, 51 were available to respond to incidents.
From a global point of view, the availability of fire trucks is more than 99%, but the reasons why it is not 100% may be due to fire truck failures, malfunctions of the equipment, crew welfare and Covid.
The availability of fire trucks on call has been less than 80% and this is mainly due to the number of firefighters on call not being available.
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Unfortunately, during 2021/22, six people died in accidental house fires – compared to two the previous year – and 40 people were injured. This is up from 35 the previous year.
The number of road traffic collision (RTC) interventions also increased significantly, from 497 interventions in 2020/21 to 721 in 21/22.
The service is developing a new operational climate change response plan addressing both the prevalence and duration of large-scale floods and wildfires.
As part of this plan, two new Hagglund all-terrain vehicles have been purchased, which will help crews respond more effectively to fires and floods in hard-to-reach places.
Every firefighter in the service already has a bespoke flood suit and this year they will be given specialist personal protective equipment to tackle wildfires, making Lancashire the UK’s leading fire and rescue service. United to have a fire kit for all frontline responders.
A contract for two new command units has also been awarded with entry into service scheduled for 2023-24.
National leader in the use of drones
The service is also leading the way in the use of drones for police and fire and rescue services.
This included the use of four new drones with advanced research and artificial intelligence capabilities; a new remote-controlled vehicle that is being tested for underwater rescues; and advanced software that allows the team to create aerial maps of large-scale incidents such as wildfires and floods in near real time.