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Engineering Centre of Excellence

LaddersThe Engineering Centre of Excellence forms an integral part of MF&RS operational and non-operational response activities, initiatives and services. It aims to support these requirements to ensure these capabilities are maintained.

The centre aims to make certain that personnel are equipped with the best means available to support not only Fire and Rescue operations, but all the core responsibilities expected of a modern Fire and Rescue Service.

The centre's primary responsibility is to ensure that the fire appliances, ancillary vehicles, equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) introduced into service are fit for purpose, provide best value to the communities of Merseyside and meet the diverse needs of the Service.

Operational Equipment

EquipmentThe Operational Equipment Team is managed by experienced officers supported by administrative and technical personnel.

The responsibilities of the team range from:

  • The asset management for all operational equipment and PPE.
  • The management and scheduling of equipment maintenance, servicing and repairs.
  • The preparation and management of the Services equipment revenue and capital budgets.
  • The production of technical instructions, risk and Equality Impact Assessments (EIA).
  • Assist in informal and formal investigations with reference to operational equipment and PPE.
  • Research and development through to the procurement and introduction of new equipment and PPE.

Key partner engagement forms a vital element of our work ensuring all relevant internal and external stakeholders are consulted and / or informed on the procedural, training, use and maintenance of such assets.

  • Maintenance, testing, servicing and repair of a range of operational equipment including breathing apparatus (BA), gas tight suits, resuscitation sets, air cylinders, compressors, BA ancillary equipment, hydraulic rescue equipment, rope access equipment and water rescue equipment.
  • Maintenance of accurate records of all equipment servicing and repairs.
  • Monitoring stocks of spare operational equipment.
  • Liaison with external contractors regarding repair and testing of specialist equipment.

Liaison with transport staff to determine emergency response vehicle specifications and stowage solutions.

Liaison with procurement team, to ensure compliance with contract standing orders when undertaking the introduction and purchase of new PPE and equipment and to assist with contract negotiations with manufacturer/suppliers.

Breathing Apparatus

The breathing apparatus (BA) department and operational stores provide a high quality technical capability and are responsible for:

Clothing & Other Equipment Stores

Located within the Centre, the stores team provide the care, safe custody and delivery of clothing and other equipment required to maintain operational efficiency.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Manage, record and monitor all stock transactions.
  • Ensure adequate stock levels are maintained and subject to regular independent physical audits.
  • All goods are ordered in accordance with the Authority’s financial regulations.
  • Management of internal courier service.
  • Management of Service's pool fleet of ancillary vehicles.

Firefighting Media (Water)

HoseWater team includes dedicated clerical and technical staff and their role is to take all reasonable measures to ensure the provision of adequate water supplies for firefighting operations.

Their responsibilities include:

  • All hydrant outlets belonging to MF&RS are tested, inspected and maintained in good working order.
  • Manage and maintain the Service's water management system.
  • Liaison with Community Fire Stations, water undertakers and other such organisations.
  • Undertake a risk assessment process for all new developments, refurbishment and abandonment of water mains installations
  • Arrange, manage and invoice external customers for the inspection of private hydrants.

Transport and Workshops

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