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Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

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Lostwithiel Community Fire Station, Pleyber Christ Way, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0HA

Telephone: 01208 872314

Staff training night: Tuesday 7pm - 9pm

View a Map of Lostwithiel showing the location of the community fire station.

Lostwithiel is an on-call fire station.

We welcome applications from anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment interview (regardless of whether there is a vacancy at the station or not). Suitable applicants will be invited to the (twice yearly) assessment centres and if successful they will be placed in the Talent Pool to be selected for progression to the Approved to Ride Course as and when an appropriate vacancy at their Fire Station arises

For more information and to apply to become an on-call firefighter, please visit our Service Careers recruitment pages and/or call our Resourcing Team on 01872 323800.

View our community fire and rescue service events page for a full list of activities taking place this year across the county.

Find out how often Lostwithiel on-call firefighters are called out to assist the Fire and Rescue Service:

The fire station regularly visit local residents to carry out free home fire safety checks and often visit local schools and playgroups offering fire safety education.

Register for a free home fire safety check online or for more information about them, visit the fire safety page.

Lostwithiel Community Fire Station have a unique resource called early learning fire safety (elfs), which is available to borrow free of charge by all early years establishments (including: nurseries, pre-schools, child minder's). You can find out more information by visiting our page on elfs and how to borrow the resource from a community fire station in Cornwall.

If you would like to enquire about arranging a visit for your playgroup or other relevant organisation, please email  or telephone 0300 1234 232.

Lostwithiel Community Fire Station, is situated in a rural town in the middle of Cornwall. There are fire records that go back as far as August 1644, where a number of the town's buildings were set alight, by occupying Parliamentary Army. As the people of Lostwithiel rebuilt the town, they developed the beginnings of a fire fighting service, one of the first in Cornwall. The church bell was used for almost 300 years to call the Firefighters in when needed for fire fighting emergencies. This ceased in 1939 at the outbreak of the War, it was then that the siren was used to signal a fire emergency.

Lostwithiel was given its first fire engine as a gift by Lord Edgcumbe in 1716, which is now held in the Lostwithiel museum.  The 1716 appliance was replaced with another in 1804; this was a more efficient, horse drawn pump. This engine as well as a number of others attended a major fire at Lanhydrock House in 1881, when much of the building was destroyed.

The first steam engine - a `Merryweather' named Loveday (again horse drawn), was purchased in 1904, which replaced the 1804 engine.

In September 1939, the National Fire Service was formed with Lostwithiel being a part of the service. By this time, `Loveday' was replaced by a trailer and drawn by a lorry that was kept in Skelton's Garage, Bridgend.  Lostwithiel was frequently called to attend fires in Plymouth, Devonport, and Torpoint during the blitz of 1940 - 1941. During one of these raids, Section Leader Tearle lost his life, he was one of Lostwithiel Units earliest casualties of the war.

In 1948, the County Fire Brigade was formed with Lostwithiel being one of 29 fully operational stations with a trailer pump.

The Lostwithiel unit was disbanded in 1952 and was reformed from the Auxiliary Fire Service (A.F.S) in 1960 - a volunteer service; this was led by Chief Fire Officer Phillips. The volunteer crew had use of the Old Green Goddess type Fire Appliance.

In the 1960s, Roger Pascal campaigned constantly to gain retained status for Lostwithiel, with all Rogers' hard work in 1969 the dream became a reality. The Station was known as B17 with Station Officer R. Pascal at the helm. The Crew were called via a siren that would be heard from a distance of at least 2 miles away until 1990.

One night in June 1983, the fire station responded to a call where sadly, Station Officer Roger Pascal died from a heart attack. Roger is missed by everyone, as we knew of the hard work he personally did with the Lostwithiel fire unit.

During the 1980's, the stations crew worked hard to raise £8,000 for crash rescue equipment to assist at road traffic collisions, which was well supported by the community. The crews have done a number of displays showing the techniques of rescue to the community at various functions.

In 2004, the crew once again worked hard to raise funds of £8,000 for a thermal imaging camera to add to the search and rescue of persons in a smoked logged buildings. The crew had tremendous support from local businesses and the local community for this piece of equipment.

Since June 1983, the station has had four other Station Managers to lead and promote the station within the community - they are listed below:

  • David Abbiss, June 1983 - December 1991
  • Victor May, January 1992 - May 2000
  • Peter Ashwin, June 2000 - November 2002 
  • Francis Doney, December 2002 - March 2013
  • Jonathon Abbiss, March 2013 - November 2017
  • John Peareth, November 2017 to current

The area covered by the station has an average radius of 10kms that includes:

West Taphouse, Middle Taphouse, Lanreath, Lerryn, Polruan, Tywardreath Highway, Lanlivery, Luxulyan, Sweetshouse, Redmoor, Helmen Tor,Trebyan, Milltown, Lanescot, and Maudlin.

The station is also on "stand by" to assist and back up other fire stations of a radius up to 25kms.

These include: St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, Looe and Fowey.

Lostwithiel has a number of special risks that include:

  • Five residential homes
  • Duchy Timber Yard
  • Restormel Water Treatment Works
  • Restormel Industrial Estate; this estate has a number of various businesses from manufacturing to processing outlets
  • Four local schools

Any general enquiries should be directed to: 0300 1234 232

Or for 24 hour fire safety advice call free on: 0800 3581 999

View our information on dialling 999 in an emergency.