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Group Manager Glynis Lomax of Fire Control is pictured on the left of this photo in the new facilities at the JCC.
WELL IN CONTROL
Fire control staff have now moved into their new home at the Joint Control Centre at Headquarters.
Formerly based at MACC on Derby Road, the staff moved into the site in July.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority member, Councillor Lesley Rennie and Area Manager Nick Searle, who are pictured above on the right hand side, were given a tour of the new facility and spoke to staff to see how they are settling in.
Cllr Rennie, Lead Member for Operational Preparedness, said:
“It is a fantastic development and we are really pleased that we have got it here on site.
“I’m just pleased that Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service decided to keep the control centre local.
“It is a fantastic opportunity to work really closely with our colleagues in Merseyside Police. We would hope in the future other blue light services may want to join us.
“I think the building is wonderful. After looking around at MACC, which was in need of redevelopment, this is just a fantastic venue for everybody.
“The staff seem extremely comfortable and happy to work there. It is about offering the best facilities for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service staff.”
IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY
A woman whose late husband was a Liverpool firefighter received an extra special surprise for her 100th birthday when a fire crew turned up to her party.
Marion Matthews, who was born and still lives in Liverpool, was celebrating her birthday at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, Anfield, when a fire appliance arrived.
The fire crew presented Marion with a bouquet and wished her a happy birthday.
Marion’s late husband Thomas, who died in 1988, had served as a firefighter in Liverpool for 25 years before retiring in 1965.
He first joined the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1939 during World War II. He went on to join the National Fire Service in 1942 and later transferred to the Liverpool Brigade.
After retiring as a firefighter he returned to the Service as a hydrant tester at Derby Lane where he worked until the mid- 1970s.
Around 80 guests were helping Marion to celebrate her birthday when firefighters turned up.
Guests included her son Tommy and daughters Linda Lander, Violet Bancroft and Susan Roper, along with her eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
They also had the opportunity to have a look around the fire appliance.
Susan said: “It was absolutely fantastic. The firefighters were so nice. It brought my dad into the celebration which was lovely.
“My mum had a lovely day. It was just brilliant.”
Also among the guests was the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp.
Instead of presents Marion asked for donations to be made to Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, raising £715.
Marion also donated money to The Fire Fighters Charity and the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.
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Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Watch Manager Paul Moss and Marion during the visit for her birthday. Photos supplied by Marion Matthews.


































































































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