Latest news and events from Ellesmere Port Fire Station:
Chip pan fire ruins Neston home for Christmas
A Neston couple is hoping they will be able to get back into their home before Christmas after the damage caused by a chip pan fire.
Firefighters were called to David and Margaret Gill’s house on Bendee Avenue just after 6pm on Friday 12 December 2014.
Margaret had gone out and David had decided to start tea and put a pan with oil inside on the hob.
David explained:“We don’t have chips very often and hardly ever use a chip pan but I really fancied sausage, egg and chips so I put the pan of oil on the hob. While it was heating up I went into the front home and nodded off. The next thing I knew I woke up and rushed into the kitchen and saw the fire and smoke everywhere. I rushed next door and told my neighbour to call the Fire Service. I was frantic and frightened and thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to do something’ so I ran to the caravan and got a fire blanket and extinguisher and threw it over the stove.”
Firefighters arrived at the scene and fully extinguished the fire and ventilated the house.
David suffered some smoke inhalation and was checked over by paramedics at the scene.
As Margaret returned home from her friends she saw the fire engines and ambulance outside her house. She was thankful her husband was alright but was shocked and upset by the mess inside.
She said: “I don’t think anyone realises the level of damage fires like this can cause. It isn’t isolated to one area, it spreads through the whole house. I was horrified when I was allowed inside and saw the damage, it broke my heart. I love Christmas and I had got everything ready and had family coming to stay but now we have had to change all our plans.”
Watch Manager Paul Janion said: “This case highlights not only the dangers of chip pans but also the disastrous consequences of leaving cooking unattended. David and his wife currently have to deal with the upset of not being able to live in their home at the moment but the outcome could have been even worse if he had not woken up when he did.
“I want people to think about this case over the festive period when we are all more likely to be cooking more and entertaining in situations where it is easy to get distracted. Please ensure you do not leave your cooking unattended and if there is a fire don’t take any risks, get out, stay out and call us out.”
Cooking safety advice:
- Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
- Make sure saucepan handles don't stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove.
- Take care if you're wearing loose clothing - they can easily catch fire.
- Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
- Double check the cooker is off when you've finished cooking.
- Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
Deep fat frying:
- Take care when cooking with hot oil - it sets alight easily.
- Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash.
- If the oil starts to smoke - it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can't overheat.
What to do if apan catches fire:
- Don't take any risks. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. Never throw water over it.
- Don't tackle the fire yourself - Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.
Crew supports White Ribbon Day
Firefighters from Red Watch attended a local White Ribbon Day event to support the campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
Joined by councillors, including Fire Authority member Tony Sherlock, and police, the crew supported the White Ribbon Pledge by taking part in a photograph standing behind a washing line full of a variety of men’s white underwear.
Domestic abuse statistics show that 70% of incidents result in injury and that on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week. Wearing a white ribbon represents that you will never condone, take part in or remain silent about domestic abuse against women.
Firefighters rescue Kestrel trapped on TV aerial
Firefighters from Ellesmere Port rescued a Kestrel that had become trapped on a TV aerial.
The crew was called by the RSPCA to Station Road, Little Sutton, at 09:51 on 22 November.
They used a 10m ladder and a roof ladder to reach the ridge in order to release the bird which had become wrapped around the aerial when she had landed on it.
A hacksaw was used to cut through the aerial, which was then passed down to the crews and the RSPCA officer cut the bird free using wire cutters.
Watch Manager Phillip Barney said: “It was not an easy task for the firefighter but luckily the bird calmed down as he got close.
“Usually with this type of incident the bird would be injured but when she was placed into the back of the RSPCA van she walked around happily and was given a clean bill of health.”
Children given road safety lesson by firefighters
Primary school children in Ellesmere Port had a visit from their local firefighters who gave them road safety advice as part of Brake Road Safety Week.
The 87 children from Woodlands Primary School were helped to understand road positioning and blind spots, as well as the advantages of high visibility clothing and bike lights.
Crew Manager Andy Gray said: “Road safety is so important for everyone from pedestrians to drivers and cyclists. We used practical sessions to make the children aware of points such as if they can’t see the wing mirror, the driver can’t see them, and the importance of ‘be safe be safe’. The kids seemed to enjoy it and hopefully took away some vital safety messages.’
Ellesmere Port firefighters save family dog after hearing smoke alarm
Firefighters in Ellesmere Port came to the rescue of a family dog when they discovered a house fire while fitting smoke alarms in the property next door.
At around 3.35pm on Sunday 16 November, the crew was at a house on Hawthorn Road, Little Sutton when they heard a light beeping noise and a noticed a slight smell of smoke.
They investigated and when they looked through the letter box of the semi-detached house next door they saw it was full of smoke and the glass windows were hot to touch.
They immediately requested another fire engine, and with their breathing apparatus on, they broke down the door and began searching the property for any people inside and the location of the fire.
When they looked under the stairs, two firefighters found the family dog and rescued the King Charles Spaniel named Gabby-do.
The fire was found in the living room and extinguished using a hose reel jet.
Watch Manager Paul Janion said: “This fire could have been so much worse had the firefighters not heard the smoke alarm and investigated further. It is yet another example of the importance of having a working smoke alarm, they really do save lives and alert people to fires.
“We searched the house to make sure no one was inside and as we walked out the family arrived home, welcomed by their dog, which they must have feared the worst for. I am really pleased the crew were in the area at the time and prevented the fire spreading any further.”
The house suffered fire and smoke damage to the living room and the rest of the house was also smoke damaged. The cause of the blaze is believed to be electrical as a result of a plug socket.
Smoke alarms save lives
Buying and fitting smoke alarms could help you to save your home and the lives of your family.
A smoke alarm is a device that detects fire in its early stages and gives a loud audible warning.
Your smoke alarms needs regular maintenance:
Once a year replace the battery
Once a month check the alarm by pressing the test button
Once a year vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor chamber
Remember, it's a lot easier to replace a dead battery!
Firefighters give local scouts safety tips
Scouts from 1st Helsby had their knowledge tested when they visited Ellesmere Port Fire Station recently.
The firefighters told them about the different types of extinguishers they have and which one to use on different kinds of fires, as well as the information they should give when calling 999 and in the event of a fire in the home.
Watch Manager Garry Sawdy said: “Visits like this are something the young people really enjoy but are also a great opportunity for us to deliver vital safety information. We showed them how we receive emergency calls and demonstrated some of the equipment and I hope the group took away some useful information that could ultimately save their lives.”
Plans in place to ensure bonfire period runs smoothly
Fire officers in Ellesmere Port are working closely with partners in the area to ensure thebonfire period results in a reduction in deliberate fires.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is also warning about the dangers of themisuse of fireworks and urging residents to take care and go to organiseddisplays.
In 2013 there were 20 incidents in Ellesmere Port, which is one more than theprevious year, and the town is still one of the busiest areas for firefighters,often dealing with nuisance deliberate fires.
Station Manager Paul Watts said: “This is always a busy time of year and wework closely with police, local authorities and youth projects, to educate andinvolve the local community in a bid to keep the number of incidents ofdeliberates as low as possible.”
Most injuries throughout the bonfire period occur as a result of peoplebuilding their own bonfires, and setting off their own or misusing fireworks.
Paulcontinued: “Safety is the number one priority and our advice would always be togo to an organised display. People might see starting a small bonfire orsetting off fireworks as a bit of harmless fun, but fire is unpredictable andcan easily get out of control and spread, and all sorts of things can go wrongwith fireworks, so save your money and go to an organised event.”
As well as engaging with young people and parents in a bid to educate people onthe consequences of nuisance fires, preventative action is also being takenwith the use of a waste recovery team to remove potentially nuisance ordangerous bonfires. In Ellesmere Port residents can report unlit bonfires toStreetScene on 0300 123 7026.
Over the bonfireperiod smaller fire engines, known as Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs), willbe monitoring high risk areas to enable a quick response to small nuisancebonfires and act as a deterrent.
The public canalso do their bit to reduce the likelihood of deliberate fires by ensuringwheelie bins and rubbish are not left out in the open, once your bin has beenemptied please ensure you put it away securely.
Anyone withinformation about arson incidents in Ellesmere Port can call police on 101 oralternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
View a list of organised bonfire and firework displays
Firefighters pass on winter driving advice to motorists
Firefighters and Prevention staff from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were out giving Winter Safe Driving advice to motorists outside Morrisons in Ellesmere Port over the weekend (11 October).
Nation Tyres were with the crew, providing free advice about tyre tread depths and safety. Local Police Community Support Officer’s were also there giving safety advice to cyclists and offering electronic chips so the bikes can be traced back to the owner in the event of loss or theft.
White Watch Manager Garry Sawdy said: “This event was a great way for us to join up with partner agencies that have a shared objective with us in making sure people are prepared for the winter months on the road. It is really important that people prepare their vehicles for the cold and wet weather conditions, and are reminded of the dangers of the road to continually improve the safety of Cheshire’s roads.”
Firefighters visit local retirement village as part of Ageing Safely Week
Firefighters from Ellesmere Port paid a visit to a local retirement home to promote fire safety messages as part of Ageing Safely Week.
Around 30 people were involved in the session at Hollymere Retirement village, talking about cooking safety and aiming to help reduce unwanted fire calls.
Watch Manager Garry Sawdy said: “The visit was focussed on building links with older people and providing vital fire safety information around escape routes, smoke detectors and cooking safety. We engage with the community with events like this all year round but these awareness weeks are a good way of targeting specific vulnerable groups, aiming to keep them safe in their homes.”
Training exercise for Cheshire Firefighters
Ellesmere Port Firefighters have taken part in a major training exercise where they acted out a mass decontamination process.
The crews were accompanied on the exercise by 70 students from Mid Cheshire College, who are currently on the Emergency Service Course. The students played the role of actors for the day to make the exercise as realistic as possible for the crews.
Woodford Lodge Sports Complex car park on Woodford Lane West was used for the scenario, where a suspected substance had leaked from a package, affecting the workers inside a building.
The students played the role of the workers and were required to go through a decontamination unit which was set up for the day.
Cheshire Police also took part in the exercise where fire engines from Winsford, Northwich, Crewe, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Runcorn attended.
Watch Manager Hannah Caulfield was the Exercise Commander. She said: "The was a National Resilience exercise and gave firefighters the chance to put into practice what they would be required to do if this scenario was real.
"By using the students it added an extra element and demonstrated how people might react when being decontaminated."
Ellesmere Port Station Manager Paul Watts said: "The exercise went well and was a great way of ensuring that our crews have the best possible training in preparation for a major emergency such as this."
Salvation Army also provided liquid refreshments for the crews.
Crews use 'Think' car to engage with drivers
Crews from Ellesmere Port were at Hapsford Services on Friday 15 August using the impactive ‘Think’ car to engage with drivers.
People from the Road Safety team were also there to draw the attention of motorists passing through Cheshire to the potential for serious injury or loss of life on the roads.
The emphasis of these events is to raise awareness of driver tiredness, taking regular breaks on long journeys, and the two second rule, where drivers keep a two second distance between them and the driver in front.
Watch Manager Garry Sawdy said: “All our work in the community at events like this are all ultimately aimed at improving the safety of Cheshire’s roads. The ‘Think’ car is always a good focal point and way of attracting people over to talk to us so we can engage with drivers face to face and reaffirm the road safety messages that can ultimately save lives.”
Firefighters to give safety advice as part of community event
Firefighters from Ellesmere Port will be delivering fire safety advice to people as part of an event in the town.
The crews will be with other partner organisations on the green area at the end of Singleton Road/Malpas Road between 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday 30 July.
They will be talking to residents of the flats as well as people from the surrounding area, highlighting messages such as BBQ and camping safety over the holiday period, as well as fire safety in the home.
Watch Manager Garry Sawdy said: “It is important for us to get out to events like this as they are a great way for us to engage directly with people who live in the area but may not seek out advice, and just need some simple safety reminders.
“We will also be working with Plus Dane in trying to target some of the harder people to engage with to offer them safety information, highlighting the importance of having a working smoke alarm that is regularly tested, something that can ultimately save their life.”
Ellesmere Port Open Day offers fun for everyone
Ellesmere Port Fire Station is going to open its doors to the public on 2 August 2014, showcasing the range of ways they work to help and protect the public.
The free event will be on 11am to 3pm and will include a range of activities to involve all the family including road traffic collision demonstrations, chip pan and smoke tent demonstrations, a climbing wall, face painting, children’s rides, a puppeteer, and much more.
There will also be modern and vintage appliances on display, as well as the Services largest appliance - the hydraulic platform.
Event Organiser, Firefighter Fred Beyeler said: “The open day is always a really good event and a great way for people to come and find out about their local station and what services we deliver to the public. There is certainly something for everyone and kids love the chance to go on a fire engine and see all the other demonstrations we put on. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with the public, while still delivering some vital safety messages. I would encourage everyone to come along and have a look, a free event for the whole family to enjoy.”
Free ice cream will also be available as well as other refreshments to purchase throughout the day .
The fire station is located on Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0EZGrass fire warning
Firefighters in Ellesmere Port are warning people about the dangers of grass fires
The warmer weather and school holiday’s often lead to an increase in this type of fire which can be extremely dangerous and spread quickly.
Crews in the town have been called to incidents this week (wc 21 July 2014), and with the sunshine set to continue for the time being the Service is reminding people to take extra care when out and about.
Ellesmere Port Station Manager Paul Watts said: “It is really important for people to be aware of the risks when it comes to grass fires as the dry weather can make conditions extremely dangerous. They can quickly get out of hand, cause extensive damage, and put lives at risk. Once a fire takes hold they can also last for several days, using up valuable Fire Service resources which could be needed elsewhere.
“Although there are a number of reasons why grass fires start, one of them is as a result of people starting them deliberately and I would urge parents to help us try and prevent this by talking to their children about the dangers.”
By following a few simple precautions and showing a little extra care, many grass fires could be prevented:
Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.
Don't leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after use.
Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to prevent them magnifying the sun's rays and starting a fire.
Explain to children the dangers of playing with lighted fires.
If a fire breaks out call the Fire and Rescue Service immediately. Remember, what looks like a small grass fire at the time can quickly turn into a major incident. Do not attempt to put the fire out yourself.
If anyone has any information about people starting fires deliberately they can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0845 555 111 or by calling Cheshire Police on 101.
For further safety information visit the web site www.cheshirefire.gov.uk or follow @cheshirefire on Twitter.
Smoke alarm alerts residents to house fire
Four people had a fortunate early wake up call this morning (Thursday 3 July 2014), alerting them to a fire in an Ellesmere Port bungalow.
A smoke alarm, which had been fitted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in July 2012 activated in the home, waking two of the occupants, who then woke up the other people inside.
Firefighters were called to Derwent Drive, Childer Thornton at 2:16am, where a candle on a bedside set of draws had melted down and set fire to the top of the draws.
Firefighters used a large fan to get the smoke out.
Watch Manager Carl Nevitt said: “Thankfully this fire was out when we arrived but this case highlights just how vital smoke alarms are – they do save lives, giving people valuable time to get out and call the fire and rescue service, and everyone should have them in their homes.
“Our advice to anyone who is alerted to a fire in their home is to where possible close the door on the fire, get out, stay out and call us out. It is important to always ensure your smoke alarms are working and people should regularly test them.”
For information about fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire please visit www.cheshirefire.gov.uk
Candle Safety Advice
Here are some safety tips that will help you to use candles safely:
Outdoor candles should never be used indoors
Leave at least four inches (10 cms) between any two candles
Always use a suitable holder when burning candles
Keep loose clothing, hair or other fabrics away from flames
Children and pets should be supervised when close to candles
Make sure candles are put out before you go out
Consider an extra smoke alarm in the rooms that candles are burnt in
Don't put candles near curtains, or other fabrics or furniture and keep them out of draughts
Extinguish candles before moving them and don't let anything fall into the hot wax, like matchsticks
Candles should always be sited out of the reach of children and away from areas that pets can get into
Don't put them under shelves - make sure there's at least one metre (three feet) between a candle and any surface above it.
Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. Blowing them can send sparks and hot wax flying and double check that they are completely out and not still smouldering
Put them on a heat-resistant surface and be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic; TVs are not fire resistant objects
Don't leave them burning. You should extinguish candles before you leave a room; never go to sleep with a candle still burning and never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child's bedroom
Crews to pass on vital safety messages to drivers
Firefighters from Ellesmere Port will be at Hapsford Services (on the M56 motorway) on Thursday 17 July engaging with drivers.
The event from 11am to 3pm gives the crews the opportunity to talk to people about a number of areas and give advice in a bid to improve the safety of the roads in Cheshire.
The emphasis of these events is to raise awareness of driver tiredness, taking regular breaks on long journeys, and the two second rule, where drivers keep a two second distance between them and the driver in front.
Watch Manager Carl Nevitt said: “These events are a great way for us to engage with drivers face to face and reaffirm the road safety messages that can ultimately save lives.”
Warning after e-cigarette causes flat fire in Ellesmere Port
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is once again warning people about the dangers of over-charging e-cigarettes after a fire in Ellesmere Port.
Three fire engines attended a report of a flat fire on Westminster Road at 19:08 on Thursday 5 June.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze in a bedroom, and a large fan was then used to clear the smoke from the property.
Two women were inside the flat when the Service arrived and were led to safety by the crews and checked over by paramedics.
The cause of the fire was deemed to be an e-cigarette that had been left on charge throughout the day.
Watch Manager at Ellesmere Port Ant Fletcher said: “Thankfully no one was injured as a result of this fire and due to the bedroom door being closed the fire was contained to the bedroom and did not spread any further.
“The outcome could have been much worse which is why I want to use this case to stress the importance of people not leaving electrical items such as e-cigarettes on charge while they are away from the house or asleep, and the importance of closing doors to prevent fire spreading.
Head of Prevention and Protection for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Keith Brooks added: "“With the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes fire and rescue services across the UK have seen a number of incidents relating to them, and we need to make sure that people know the risks and how to charge them safely.
“Our advice for e-cigarettes is the same as for many smaller electrical appliances such as mobile phones and laptops - don’t be tempted to buy cheap unbranded chargers, don’t leave them to charge whilst you are out of the house or asleep and keep them well away from flammable materials.”
Advice has been issued nationally to e-cigarette users after reports of several devices exploding while charging, causing minor fires:
Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods
Do not mix components of different e-cigarettes
Only use the charger supplied
Ensure you purchase your e-cigarette from a reputable source
Check the e-cigarette carries CE certification
Test your smoke alarm regularly
Close doors to prevent fire spreading
Contact Trading Standards over any e-cigarette safety concerns
Bucketloads for charity from Ellesmere Port firefighters
Firefighters want to thank the people of Ellesmere Port for their generosity following their successful charity car wash on May 10.
Drivers turned out in force to support The Fire Fighters Charity. White Firefighter Graham McEnaney said: "Firefighters, fire cadets and teams of helpers with their buckets and sponges raised money for this worthy cause as well as handing out road safety advice at the Station. We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us raise an amazing £246."
Chair of the Fire Fighters Charity and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin said, "It is testament to the support we have from the public when events such as this show how generous people can be as a magnificent total of £246 was raised on the day.
"It costs over £9 million every year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running and, with no government funding, it is completely reliant on donations from the general public and fire community.”
Ellesmere Port Prince's Trust Team - April 2014
Ellesmere Port firefighters showed their Prince's Trust Team what they do at Road Traffic Collisions, the kit they use and how to extricate a 'casualty'.
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