Engineering Centre of Excellence
The 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.
The Operational Equipment Team
is managed by experienced officers supported by administrative and technical
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
- Research and development through to the procurement and introduction of new equipment
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
- 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.
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
- 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)
Water 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
- 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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