Research

We welcome visitors to our Heritage and Education Centre at Bridle Road, Bootle just click on the link on the Home Page for details.

If you are unable to visit and have a query about a relative who served in the Fire Service on Merseyside please complete the attached form and e-mail it to: simonryan@merseyfire.gov.uk . We do have restrictions on the data we can release and in general information is only given to next of kin or with the written permission of the next of kin.

Please note that we do not hold the records of most of the pre-1974 Brigades including Southport, Wallasey, Birkenhead, Cheshire County and Lancashire County.

We do have comprehensive records on the Liverpool Police Fire Brigade [1836-1941] and of the City of Liverpool Fire Service / Brigade [1948-1974], as well as information on the Liverpool Salvage Corps [1835-1984], although most original records are held in the Liverpool Reference Library.

Records for Wirral Urban District Council and Hoylake and West Kirby are held in Wirral Archives or at Cheshire Archives in Chester.

Many relatives may have served in the Auxiliary Fire Service from 1939 to1941 and and from1952 to1968, however the details we have here are sparse. Liverpool Reference Library however holds the original copies of the details for the wartime Liverpool AFS.

As to the National Fire Service [1941-1948] there are few remaining records that have survived for the local Fire Forces, Numbers 26 and 41. At its peak the NFS had over 100,000 firemen nationally and the absence of these records means that details of service in the later years of World War II are generally not available.

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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.

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Opening Times

The Heritage Centre is open to the Public Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 15.00.

It is essential that visits are pre-booked, preferably by telephone or email.

Tel: 0151 296 4714 / 4640

Email: dannymurphy@merseyfire.gov.uk

For reception staff if members of the public arrive at reception to visit the Heritage Centre without pre-booking please phone the centre to check staff are available.

The Heritage and Education centre is located at; Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 4YD