Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Recycling centre set to become training area for west Cumbria firefighters

Firefighters look set to get new training – on the site of a rubbish dump.

The fire service has lodged plans with Copeland council to transform to the waste and recycling centre at Yeathouse Quarry, in Frizington, into a fire and rescue service training facility.

Firefighters from across west Cumbria would train in ‘shipping containers’ by setting fire to wooden pallets and boarding.

The aim is to cut down on travel for local firefighters who currently have to go to Penrith for this type of training.

No chemicals or petrol would be stored on site.

Cumbria County Council has submitted a planning application to Copeland council for the change of use from a recycling centre to a training facility.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We would anticipate using the site at Frizington no more than once per week and, on each occasion, would be using the facility for two to three hours.

“Around 10 firefighters would use the site at any one time.

“One fire engine would be used and possibly one or two cars to transport firefighters.

“The site would be used during normal daylight hours and for a two-three hour period generally at some point between 10am-3pm.”

He said they would only burn ‘clean wood’ and any small amount of accelerant needed to get the fire started would be transported on fire appliances travelling to the site.

Cumbria County Council currently has plans to build a new household waste recycling centre at Lillyhall to replace the existing facilities at Frizington and Workington.

A county council spokesperson said: “We are currently purchasing a site for the new facility at Lillyhall and are negotiating changes to our contract with Shanks Cumbria Ltd, who operate the county’s network of HWRCs on our behalf, and will be responsible for constructing and running the new facility.”


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