Plans to turn waste centre into training area for firefighters
Last updated at 11:15, Thursday, 26 September 2013
REALISTIC firefighting training could be offered on the site of Frizington tip.
The aim is to transform the household waste recycling centre at Yeathouse Quarry into a fire and rescue service training facility.
Firefighters from across West Cumbria would train in ‘shipping containers’ by setting fire to wooden pallets and boarding. No chemicals or petrol would be stored on site.
The aim is to cut down on travel for local firefighters who currently have to go to Penrith for this type of training.
Cumbria County Council has submitted a planning application to Copeland Council for the change of use from a recycling centre to a training facility.
A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We would anticipate using the site at Frizington no more than once per week and, on each occasion, would be using the facility for two-three hours.
“In the region of 10 firefighters would use the site at any one time. One fire engine would be used and possibly one or two cars to transport firefighters.
“The site would be used during normal daylight hours and for a two-three hour period generally at some point between 10am-3pm,’’ he added.
“We only burn clean wood and any small amount of accelerant that is needed to get the fire started would be transported to site on the fire engine.”
Cumbria County Council currently has plans to build a new household waste recycling centre at Lillyhall to replace the existing facilities at Frizington and Workington.
A county council spokesperson said: “We are currently purchasing a site for the new facility at Lillyhall and are negotiating changes to our contract with Shanks Cumbria Ltd, who operate the county’s network of HWRCs on our behalf, and will be responsible for constructing and running the new facility.”
CUMBRIAN firefighters were striking yesterday, from noon to 4pm, in a dispute over pensions.
Unions claim it is a “warning shot to the government” over members’ anger about making them work until they are 60.
Ministers say the action is unnecessary and the pension offer is one of the most generous in the public sector.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Services were operating at a reduced emergency response level during the period of strike action.
Although 999 calls continued to be answered as normal, fire officers said the response to incidents where life is considered to be in danger would be prioritised.
Ian Cartwright, Cumbria’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “Our highest priority during industrial action will be to respond to those crucial calls where a life may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued.
“If we respond to low priority calls then those most in need could be at risk.”
First published at 11:11, Thursday, 26 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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The extra cost of traveling to lillyhall would be too much for allot of people so there will be fly tipping all over west cumbria so the council should use common sense and keep frizington tip open
If I were the fire service, I wouldn't hold my breath.
The County Council have yet to start work on the new site at Distington even though the Frizington site's current licence expires early next year.
This 'new site' fiasco has been dragging on for the last couple of years - don't expect a quick conclusion.
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