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Kate Morris from our Service’s St Helens district prevention team is kneeling next to Pauline Stone, Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer at St Helens Council, at the front of the photo. St Helens District Prevention Manager Sara Garside is also pictured in the group to the left along with others partners in the campaign. Photo supplied by St Helens Council.
Springing into Action
Fire prevention staff and firefighters are taking part in a campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour including arson.
Campaign organisers are keen to ensure everyone is aware of the drive to tackle grass fires, off-road vehicle nuisance, neighbourhood nuisance and dog fouling – all of which tend to increase when the clocks go forward.
But to ensure the SpringWatch campaign is effective, members of the public are being asked to play their part too.
A range of events for young people have been organised as part of the campaign including Helena Partnerships and our Service inviting 200 young people along to a community event at St Helens Community Fire Station.
Firefighters were also visiting schools to deliver presentations on the dangers of nuisance grass fires in parks and open spaces.
Group Manager Chris Case, district manager for St Helens, said:
“2013 was a challenging year for us with 100 arson grass fires in the space of 12 days, between the end of March and April 9 last year. This presents a significant danger to people’s property, wildlife, motorists and the people who start these fires who do not realise how quickly the fire can spread.
“We will investigate every fire we are called to and work with our partners to bring those who commit arson to court and to face the consequences of their crimes. We will continue to work
with and liaise with the police, council and other partners to reduce this risk to our communities.
“We would ask parents to talk to their children about the dangers of starting fires, not only does it pose a risk of burns but also takes a fire engine away from other emergencies such as house fires and road accidents.
“Deliberately starting fires on grassland and open spaces is arson and offenders will be prosecuted.”
The SpringWatch campaign is a joint initiative involving our Service, St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and registered social landlords like Helena Partnerships.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing, Planning and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “We're asking residents to be our eyes and ears – so we can all help keep St Helens safe and clean this spring.
“When you see off-road vehicles out causing a nuisance in the community, or anyone looking to set a nuisance fire in parks, please report it to the Police on 101.”
To find out about the activities available for young people this spring go to
For more information about the spring anti-social behaviour campaign, please visit:
A woman was rescued by firefighters after she became trapped in mud while walking a dog.
Our Service’s firefighters spotted the woman in difficulty on a Sunday afternoon near Tower Promenade, New Brighton.
Firefighters wearing water rescue kit used salvage sheets along with a nine-metre ladder and triple extension ladder to safely access the area where the woman was and rescue her.
Watch Manager Ben Flint, who attended the call-out with Blue Watch at Wallasey Community Fire Station, said: “When we arrived the woman had sunk into the mud up to about knee-level. The tide was still on its way out however, this could have been a very different situation.
area the woman was in and to rescue her safely.
Two firefighters from Wallasey completed this rescue efficiently and quickly.
“We advise people to watch where they are walking on shorelines and beaches and to be aware of muddy areas, particularly those which may be historic, or possible locations where quicksand may be.”
The woman was assessed by paramedics at the scene and taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.
A fire appliance from Wallasey Community Fire Station and one from Heswall Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
The Marine Rescue Unit’s boat, Marine Fire One, also responded to the call-out along with the Search and Rescue Team. The call-out was on March 2.
“Firefighters used salvage sheets and ladders on the ground to distribute weight to allow safe access to the

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