Welcome

Welcome to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service's Heritage and Education pages

Merseyside has a long and very proud fire heritage having been at the forefront of innovation and the introduction of new technology to firefighting for more than 180 years. It was Liverpool which put into service the world's first steam fire engine, decades before other cities.

The Service has one of the largest photographic archives held by any UK Fire Service including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures.

We now have an Heritage and Education Centre which tells the story of firefighting on Merseyside, located at our Bridle Road headquarters in Bootle, Sefton in Merseyside. It is well worth a visit.

About Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre

Heritage

Merseyside has a 180-year proud tradition of firefighting and has often been at the forefront of innovation and new technology during that time.

The service has memorabilia, machines and equipment from generations of firefighting and one of the largest photographic archives of any UK fire and rescue service including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures. Why not visit our Heritage and Education Centre.

more about the Heritage Centre


Opening Times

Please note the Centre is open to the Public as follows, unless a pre booked visit has been specially arranged.

Mondays, Wednesday's and Friday's 10.30 until 15.00

Guided Tours will commence at 10.30 and 14.00. on each of the above days

For Reception staff If members of the public arrive at Reception to visit the Centre on a Tuesday or a Thursday they should be advised it is not open given a leaflet and asked to telephone the number quoted on it - 0151 286 4714 to make an appointment for one of the above days.

or e-mail: dannymurphy@merseyfire.gov.uk