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15 firefighters battle fire at farm

Fifteen firefighters attended the scene of a fire on a farm in the UK over the weekend.

Crews from Cannock, Penkridge and Stafford were called to Deanery Farm, on Whiston Road, in Penkridge at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 19th,

According to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, the fire took hold of a large amount of logs and wood next to a garage.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the fire service said:

“We were called to reports of a serious fire at the Deanary Farm in Penkridge.”

“We have had two hose jets working to put out the fire, with one appliance fighting the fire, another dampening it down and a third removing wood from the scene with a piece of farm equipment.”

“Crews have used water from the River Penk to fight the fire.”

Machinery fires

Earlier this month, firefighters issued fire safety advice to farmers and agricultural contractors as silage season continues.

Carlow County Fire Service has provided some useful tips to reduce the risk of your tractor or machinery catching fire.

A spokesperson said: “As the silage cutting season is currently underway, Carlow County Fire Service is reminding farmers and agricultural contractors that they should carry a fire extinguisher on all farm machinery where there is potential for a fire to take hold.”

Fire safety advice

  • Keep machinery clean and free of combustible materials such as straw and hay, particularly engine compartments where machinery fires often start;
  • Ensure certain exhaust systems, including manifolds, mufflers and turbochargers, are free of leaks and in good working order;
  • Follow instructions when installing and operating farm machinery. Also, follow maintenance schedules;
  • Replace worn electrical components, bearings, belts or chains;
  • Keep appropriate fully charged fire extinguishers on tractors, silage harvesters, combines and near all farm machinery;
  • Only use welders and acetylene cutting torches in clean areas away from any flammable and combustible materials;
  • Store vehicles and machinery, which present special hazards, in buildings separate from those used for other purposes.

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