Video review of 2017
As we approach the end of 2017, here's a video review of the year for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service - giving a snapshot of incidents, awards, openings and more across the Service.
Jumping five places in the LGBT charity Stonewall’s prestigious Top 100 Employers, the Service entered the top 10 at number eight, the fifth consecutive year we have featured in the Top 100. Malpas on-call firefighter Margot Davies celebrated 20 years’ service and a major training exercise involving eight appliances took place at Quarry Bank Mill.
It was a busy month with the launch of Safe and Well and Penketh Fire Station’s official opening by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE and children from St Vincent’s Primary School. Sprinklers saved a Congleton business from disaster after a serious fire in Brick Lane and Peter Rabbit suffered a sad demise after an arson attack at a Nantwich ice cream farm.
Search and rescue dog Bryn was honoured with the canine equivalent of the OBE and 10 appliances attended a fire at a disused restaurant in Warrington. Glen, a 23 year old horse, was helped to his hooves by Macclesfield firefighters and Bollington’s animal rescue unit, much to the relief of Glen’s owner Bob Heap.
Tesco ‘opened’ a store in Lymm but there’s nothing for sale! The supermarket chain teamed up with Safety Central and kitted out a small store in the venue to help young people to budget, recognise healthy and less healthy choices and understand the law around age-restricted products. The new Powey Lane Fire Station was officially opened by Chair of the Fire Authority, Cllr Bob Rudd.
Thelwall Junior School lent their expertise to new games in the Sparkton section of the website. Fun, educational, realistic are just some of the words the pupils used to describe Sparkton, wishing the new quiz was even longer! 92 year old Alice Humphreys’ day was made after Chester Red Watch took her a deep fat fryer. She had received a Safe and Well visit from Richard Whitley’s crew, who noticed she was using a traditional chip pan so they popped back with a deep fat fryer for her.
We received a prestigious Healthcare Transformation Award in the Improving Cancer Outcomes for Safe and Well visits and the Grenfell Tower blaze prompted additional reassurance visits and home safety checks for each of the 21 high rises across the county. Nantwich firefighters and the Knutsford animal rescue team had the unenviable task of rescuing a cow from a slurry pit in Burleydam.
An emergency services stone was unveiled at the two year Bosley explosion commemoration service. The service was attended by representatives from fire, police and ambulance. A lorry overturned near Chester leaving its load of cement setting across the carriageway and causing traffic chaos on the roads.
Our first-ever all-female Prince’s Trust Team graduated at a ceremony at Chester Town Hall. Hannah, Tara, Jessica, Eve, Beth and Lisabeth all successfully completed the 12-week programme. Wholetime recruitment was launched resulting in over 2000 applications.
The Prevention team successfully prosecuted a company which manages Crewe Arms Hotel which pleaded guilty to five counts of breaching the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Sentencing is due to take place at the end of this year. Crews worked throughout the night at a fire on Macon Way, next door to Crewe Fire Station, which brought the surrounding area to a standstill. The fire, in a disused building, raged through the ground floor, first floor and roof.
Life-saving defibrillators were fitted outside all of our fire stations. Funded by the Fire Authority, the installation coincided with British Heart Foundation’s Restart A Heart Day 2017. 15 Fire Cadets, and nine leaders flew to Nepal to work with Classroom In The Clouds to complete a school in the north east of the country.
Ashley Banjo spent a day with Lymm firefighters to show the incredible work the emergency services do, The filming was to promote ITV’s A Night For The Emergency Services Christmas special which will feature our FireChoir who sing with Leona Lewis on December 21. Bonfire Night was eventful with some incidents of stones and fireworks being thrown at firefighters reported. Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Bob Rudd spent the evening at North West Fire Control, gaining firsthand experience of the types of calls received and incidents crews were mobilised to.
Following the successful moves of several support departments to Clemonds Hey throughout the year, some teams have TUPEd with others taking that step over the next few months. It’s hoped the programme will be completed by spring 2018. Northwich, Winsford and Lymm crews tackled a serious bungalow fire in Davenham.