Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service enhances crew welfare with new mobile units

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Introduction of new welfare units for Firefighters

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is demonstrating its commitment to the wellbeing of its crews through the introduction of two advanced welfare units.

Costing £180,000, these vehicles serve as mobile bases, offering essential facilities to crews during extensive or challenging incidents.

These units, equipped with kitchens, toilet/shower facilities, and changing spaces, provide a supportive environment for Firefighters on duty.

One vehicle is currently based at Cockermouth Fire Station, while the second will be stationed in the Westmorland and Furness area.

However, both units are available for deployment across the county wherever needed.

Ian Seel, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager, highlighted the benefits of these vehicles: “Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to introduce these two new vehicles to the service.

“They offer a warm, dry and safe space for Firefighters working in an operational environment, supporting their health, safety and wellbeing during a lengthy or challenging incident.”

Visit by Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Mike Johnson, Cumbria’s Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, recently visited Cockermouth Fire Station to interact with the crew and explore the welfare unit.

During his visit, Mr Johnson underscored the importance of investing in Firefighter welfare, especially considering the risks they face in their line of duty.

He remarked: “Our Firefighters regularly put their own lives at risk to save others in their communities, so it is only right that we invest in their welfare, especially during large-scale incidents that can take place over several hours.

“The addition of these latest new vehicles means that we will soon have three mobile welfare units spread across the county.

“It is important that we provide our Firefighters with the best resources possible, to help keep Cumbria safe.”

Recruitment of On-Call Firefighters in Cockermouth

In addition to enhancing crew welfare, Cockermouth Fire Station is actively recruiting On-Call Firefighters.

An open evening was organised this week to offer prospective recruits more information and a guided tour of the station and vehicles.

Those interested in joining the team and contributing to community safety can find more details and application instructions on the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service website.

IFSJ Comment

The introduction of new welfare units by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service marks a thoughtful investment in the wellbeing of its Firefighters.

Providing these facilities recognises the demanding nature of their work and the need for a supportive environment during prolonged incidents.

It exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to resource allocation, ensuring that those who protect the community are themselves well cared for.

Such developments in crew welfare are essential for maintaining a resilient and effective emergency service.

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