As climate change increased the number of natural disasters in the UK and
following the 'New Dimension' terrorist attacks early this century the
Government decided to strengthen the capability of the emergency services to
respond to these incidents by launching its New Dimension project. Through the
Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) they provided national
resilience for equipment and training to establish a standardised national
response for numerous Fire and Rescue Services in several critical disciplines.
Those in Merseyside included CBRN, USAR, and Water/High volume pump response.
Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN)
Split into two main areas of Mass Decontamination (MD) and Detection,
Identification, and Monitoring (DIM)
Based at Station 10 Kirkdale Community Fire Station the Mass Decontamination
Unit (MDU) and the Incident Response Unit (IRU) carry large amounts of equipment
e.g. disrobe shelters, showers and clothing, capable of the rapid, safe
decontamination of large numbers of members of the public.
Operating from Station 21 Bromborough Community Fire Station one of the UK's 18
DIM vehicles has the capability to attend hazmat incidents, deployed with a DIM
officer, and use its technological equipment to identify substances quickly and
establish the relevant course of action.
Urban Search And Rescue (USAR)
Attending a wide variety of collapses as well as heavy vehicle
incidents, MF&RS's USAR team, comprising of Search and Rescue Team (SRT) personnel, is based at Station 19
Croxteth Community Fire Station. Equipment for breaking and breaching, structural
shoring, technical search, lifting and moving is carried on five demountable
modules. The Canine Search Team also deploy as part of the USAR team.
Water and High Volume Pump
Based at Station 24 West Kirby Community Fire Station but also staffed by
personnel from 22 Heswall are two demountable modules carrying a hydrosub High
Volume Pump ( HVP) as well as several kilometres of 150mm hose for use at
incidents, which require large amounts of water to be either supplied, or