Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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River Mersey Community Fire and Rescue Station (Marine Rescue Unit)

Community Interaction

Community groups are welcome to visit the River Mersey Community Fire and Rescue Station by prior appointment.

Visits are possible on weekdays or at weekends between 9am and 4pm. Consideration will be given on an individual request basis for visits outside of these hours with regard to community groups who normally meet at a different time (e.g. Scouts, Cadets etc).

 Your visit will include a

  • A presentation on water safety and the work of the Marine Rescue Unit.
  • An insight in to Search and Rescue operations on the River Mersey.
  • A tour of the River Mersey Community Fire and Rescue Station facilities.
  • A close look at the Rescue Boat, Marine Fire One.

If you have any specific River Mersey, marine or water safety-related topics, or learning points you would like us to include in our presentation we would be happy to consider such requests.

Group visits are designed to last approximately 1½ hours including a break for refreshments.

As the Station is located on the Pier Head Landing Stage, it is reached by a ramp which slopes down quite steeply at low tide. If you have any mobility requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make effective provision for a safe and happy visit.

As part of your visit will involve a talk and tour by one of our crew members on the rescue vessel, Marine Fire One, you will need to wear flat, sensible footwear and clothes appropriate for the weather.

The maximum number for a group visit is 12.

It should be noted that the Rescue Boat is an operational asset and can be called out at any time. In the event of a call out, or if the Station facilities are required in an emergency situation, this may result in the visit being cancelled or rearranged at short notice.

How to book

To book a visit, send a visit request form giving at least one alternative date and a minimum of 14 days’ notice. Please return this form via email to ( ) or by hardcopy to the addresses at the foot of the request form.

Upon receipt of a visit request, MRU staff will contact the responsible person to finalise arrangements and respond to any questions you may have.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has thorough procedures to ensure the health and safety of visitors to operational stations. These procedures will be explained to the responsible person prior to your visit and in the form of an induction and safety briefing to all upon arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you to the River Mersey Community Fire and Rescue Station.

Please complete a Marine Rescue Unit Visit Request Form to book a visit.

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