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Lincolnshire | Ten new boats improve rescue response

Lincolnshire | 6 May 2012

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue now has one of the UK’s largest flood rescue capabilities after taking delivery of 10 new rescue boats in March.

As a result, the number of specially trained and equipped water rescue teams in the county has increased ten-fold, making Lincolnshire one of the nation’s most prepared areas for flooding.

More than 60 personnel will receive the training, skills, and kit to rescue people from both flowing and still water.

The teams will be strategically distributed at Boston, Louth, Gainsborough, Sleaford and with the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to ensure the best coverage and response times.

The boats were secured through a grant from Defra following recommendations contained in the Pitt Report, commissioned in the aftermath of widespread floods in 2007 in order to identify ways to improve preparedness for flooding. One of the report’s recommendations was to enhance flood rescue capabilities.

Defra first produced a key document explaining best practise, techniques and standards for rescue teams, as well as procedure for command and control and requesting aid.

Then, Defra completed a national register of specialist assets and enhanced this through delivery of the Flood Rescue Grant.

Following Lincolnshire’s successful bid in 2011, Defra paid for new vessels, equipment and training as part of the £250,000 government grant.

Councillor Peter Robinson, executive councillor for community safety, said: “Flooding, especially from the sea, has been identified as a key risk for Lincolnshire and this extra resource will give us significantly more capability and expertise to help people should a flood occur.

“Building on the water rescue resources we have now, and those of our partner organisations, we will be better prepared to assist in both local and national flood responses.”

It is planned that all 10 rescue teams will be fully operational by June.

Lincolnshire | Rescue dog Alfie reporting for duty

Chris Jefferson and Alfie

Lincolnshire | 6 May 2012

The newest member of the Service’s UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team has now qualified to deploy to rescue missions abroad.

Two-year-old Alfie, a black Labrador, has been training with handler and USAR Technician Chris Jefferson for the past 14 months.

He has now passed his ISAR ‘grading’ – a stringent process of training and demanding assessments – meaning he can be deployed in the event of an emergency to assist with search and rescue efforts.

Alfie underwent a 36-hour exercise in Hampshire that required him to complete eight searches for multiple casualties while ignoring distractions such as machinery, noise, food and other canines.

The test made sure he could complete searches during the day and at night, without resting between searches, and that he can find casualties buried in buildings or rubble, or trapped above ground-level.

After the eight searches are complete, the scores are added up and the dogs must score above a certain percentage to pass. However, the dogs fail automatically if they miss more than one casualty, indicate falsely or are distracted.

Alfie’s handler, Chris, said: “It’s a very intense process, and it’s not just Alfie being graded – the assessors are looking at how I manage him and how well I look after his welfare.

Chris added: “We don’t officially know his score yet, but we do know that he scored very high and I’ve heard he only dropped one mark. If that’s the case, he would be one of the top dogs in the country.

“Continuous training keeps us motivated and at the top of our game; I want to see him get to the level where he’s one of the best dogs in the country.”

Lincolnshire | FESS Co-ordinator wins national award

Anita Moore, British Red Cross Service Co-ordinator for the Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire | 6 May 2012

Anita Moore, British Red Cross Service Co-ordinator for the Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) in Lincolnshire, has been recognised as one of the country’s top mums.

Anita was one of three women recognised by Channel 5’s Marvellous Mums competition, launched on the show Live with Gabby.

She was nominated by her daughter, Francesca Stanley, who, in a written submission to the show’s producers, praised her mum’s work with FESS and her generosity in helping others – even when this meant missing out on special family occasions.

Francesca, 21, said: “The service runs 365 days a year; my mum has often missed part of Christmas because she’s helped people who have had house fires on Christmas morning. She is so generous with her time, especially in FESS, comforting those who have had horrible things happen to them.”

The submission also went on to describe how the FESS team helped provide food, water and vital supplies to residents affected by the severe winter weather in 2010.

It also highlighted Anita’s contribution to the Welfare Support Team.

Francesca then praised Anita’s accomplishments as a mum, adding: “Her work life aside, all my life, my mum has been amazing. She does so much for us on a daily basis.”

As her prize, Anita and Francesca will have a day out in London comprising an appointment with a celebrity hairdresser, a beauty makeover, £1,000 high street vouchers, a champagne afternoon tea and a year’s supply of Procter and Gamble products.

Anita said: “I’m really chuffed and honoured; it was lovely to know that my daughter appreciates what I do, because my family have had to pick up the flack when I’ve been called out.

“Knowing they appreciate me makes it all worthwhile, but to then be nationally recognised was the icing on the cake. The submission brought me to tears; I’m not known for being overly-emotional, but this really touched me.”

Lincolnshire |Two hidden heroes win High Sheriff’s Award

Counsellor Carol Pask and Firefighter Simon Coxell with the High Sheriff

Lincolnshire | 6 May 2012

Two Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue staff members have been recognised for making extraordinary differences to the lives of others in Lincolnshire communities.

Counsellor Carol Pask and Firefighter Simon Coxell were among the 13 people this year chosen to receive the High Sheriff’s Award.

Carol took the award for her devotion in helping people cope with trauma – giving what she calls ‘emergency first aid.’ She co-founded the Service’s Welfare Support team, which helps firefighters cope with the tragedies they sometimes see in their line of work.

She also works with the Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS), which helps people recover in the aftermath of an emergency like a fire or flood. And she gives her own time to driving injured firefighters to the Fire Fighters Charity rehabilitation centres, going as far away as Devon.

Firefighter Simon Coxell scooped the award for his efforts to reduce the number of young people killed on Lincolnshire’s roads. His work with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to educate young people on safer driving has seen a significant drop in young people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads in the last five years.

Simon has also worked hard to help turn around the lives of troubled youngsters, initiating a highly-regarded work experience programme in Skegness to develop their skills and confidence.

At the High Sheriff’s Award ceremony, which was held in the county court, all 13 recipients were presented with a certificate and a special engraved lapel pin.

Competition this year was tough, with hundreds of nominations flooding in from throughout historic Lincolnshire, including areas like Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

But the High Sheriff, Mr Robin Battle, said Carol and Simon were deserving winners.

He added: “One of the most important parts of my role is to meet and reward people like Simon and Carol, who have gone to extraordinary lengths to make things better for others.

“On behalf of Lincolnshire, I’d like to give them both my heartfelt thanks for the part they have played in making Lincolnshire a county to be proud of.”

Lincolnshire | Fire service goes social

Lincolnshire | 27 April 2012

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is now using social networking to help make residents safer.

The service is joining Twitter and Facebook as a way of getting in touch with local people and spreading important safety advice.

Anyone with access to the internet will be able to use the social networking sites to follow Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and learn more about what it does.

People will be able to share their views on the work of the service, find out how to avoid fires, get handy reminders on when to test their smoke alarms, and keep up to date on the latest news and events.

It’s hoped that the sites will help the service reach out to even more people and also encourage some of them to become on-call firefighters.  The latest recruitment and fire station open days will be among the events being promoted.

Nick Borrill, assistant chief fire officer says:

“One of our most important roles is to communicate with people.  We do a lot of work to get out and meet locals but we can’t be everywhere at once.  Our new social networking accounts will make it possible for us to reach more people and give them advice that could save their life.

“But this is about much more than explaining fire safety.  We hope people will use Twitter and Facebook to get to know us and understand the personality behind the uniforms.  And we hope to get to know them by listening to their experiences, feedback, interests and concerns.”

Follow Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lincsfirerescue and on Facebook, at Official Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.