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The rugby game was closely fought.
A campaign against violence was highlighted by firefighters who went head-to-head in a recent rugby match between England Fire Service and Wales Fire Service at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club.
The game was closely fought with England only four points behind until the last five minutes when Wales scored and snatched victory.
Firefighter Richie Young from Upton Community Fire Station and Watch Manager Ben Flint from Wallasey Community Fire Station were among the players on the England team.
Before the game, England team players put Prenton Primary School pupils through their paces with a training session on the pitch. Around 20 pupils aged nine to 11 took part.
Station Manager Paul Kay, who is the England Fire Service Team Manager, said: “The game was closely fought and there was only four points in it going into the last five minutes. It looked as though England might steal victory however a Welsh penalty resulted in the game finishing 31-34 to Wales.
“It was a fantastic event and the children who took part in the training session before the game seemed to really enjoy it.”
Supporting campaign for stopping violence against women
On the night Station Manager Kay and Group Manager Dewi Jones, of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, also signed a pledge to support the Men Against Violence Campaign. This is in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign, which calls for men to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
A number of our Service’s fire appliances also carried a magnetic white ribbon during the White Ribbon Campaign’s action week at the end of November.
Station Manager Kay added: “Men Against Violence is a campaign for men and boys of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in with the shared goal of ending all forms of violence and abuse in society. There is a link between certain forms of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia. Therefore the key to ending many social ills is for men to personally and collectively challenge attitudes, become educated about the issues and redefine masculinity and men's relationships with women and men in healthy ways.”
For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign go to:
ArsONisTs JAiLEd
A woman was jailed for 21 months after starting fires in a flat in St Helens.
Firefighters were called out on June 8 this year and our Service’s Incident Investigation Team (IIT) investigated the cause of the fire.
The Incident Investigation Team found the fires had been started using a naked flame and some had been caused by joss sticks in a bundle held against items, rather than due to a single joss stick being carelessly placed and causing the fires.
Another man was sentenced to 30 months in prison in November this year after a joint investigation between IIT and Merseyside Police. The man started a fire in his Southport home on August 8 this year.
“A Fine Example”
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Councillor Kevin Cluskey and Linda Cluskey pictured with Danny Murphy, manager of the Heritage and Education Centre. Photo: Lyndsay Young.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton were given a guided tour of the Service’s Heritage and Education Centre.
Their visit started off with a presentation on Merseyside’s firefighting history given by volunteers at the centre.
Mayor of Sefton, councillor Kevin Cluskey and Mayoress Linda Cluskey were also shown the variety of firefighting memorabilia, ranging from uniforms to appliances, on
display at the centre at Service headquarters.
It houses an array of artefacts such as items from the Blitz and rare vintage fire appliances as well as a digital archive of more than 200,000 digital photographs showing the history of the fire service.
The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Cluskey, said: “I can remember a lot of these fire appliances from when I was a child. It’s a fantastic centre and a fine example of a museum.”
Photos: Chris Phillips.

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