New Stinger's rubbish call-out

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service's new '˜Stinger' engine was used to tackle a '˜steaming' pile of rubbish last night.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 19th February 2017, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:44 am
The Stringer was used to pump 3,000l of water into a steamin rubbish pile (Pic: Shaun Walton/LFRS)
The Stringer was used to pump 3,000l of water into a steamin rubbish pile (Pic: Shaun Walton/LFRS)

The high-tech appliance, which is being trialled in Blackburn and features a pointed ‘stinger’, is capable of piercing roofing slates, tiles, and panels to tackle blazes from above.

It was called out to Dawson Lane in Whittle-le-Woods at 10.18pm to pump 3,000 litres of water into the huge mound as a precaution.

“They were not sure if it was a fire or just steaming off,” a spokesman for the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.

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The Stringer was used to pump 3,000l of water into a steamin rubbish pile (Pic: Shaun Walton/LFRS)

The building was left open and was re-inspected this morning, when it became clear following further tests the rubbish had been decomposing and not burning as first feared.

The Stinger, which replaced a regular engine at Blackburn last November, will move onto Burnley for six months later this year, but will continue to be used at major incidents across the county, and could also end up in Preston.

The Stringer was used to pump 3,000l of water into a steamin rubbish pile (Pic: Shaun Walton/LFRS)