MP‘s fact-finding visit to fire station

Meet the crews: Wyre MP Ben Wallace visiting Garstang Fire Station
Meet the crews: Wyre MP Ben Wallace visiting Garstang Fire Station

Wyre MP Ben Wallace visited Garstang Fire Station to get an update on new equipment and to discover some of the challenges faced by the service locally.

Mr Wallace was introduced to the local team, which is made up of retained staff. by Northern area group manager Tony Crook and then given a tour of the station.

He was also given a brief on risks and response before discussing many other issues with the local management team.

Mr Wallace said: “I would like to thank Tony, station manager Paul Dorrington, unit manager Chris Horner, crew manager James Bunting and all staff at the station for making me welcome and updating and briefing me on many issues.

“These issues included road traffic collisions, which include considerable emergency response work as well as proactive preventative measures which are delivered through the Waste Lives campaign. This encourages young drivers to act responsibly.

“There are also the issues of accidental cooking fires, deliberate secondary fires (small rubbish fires) and youth engagement via the Prince’s Trust team programme.

“The dedication and commitment of all staff was clear, and this is highlighted by the local retained staff who also manage full-time employment. On a professional basis, I will take away many issues which were highlighted during the visit, but being a family man the two which really hit home were that speed kills and just how destructive and indiscriminate fire is.”

l People are reminded to have a smoke detector and check weekly that it works. Call free phone 0800 169 1125 to book a home visit. The fire and rescue service will provide and install free 10-year smoke alarms where necessary.