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FIeLD OF FIRe
Firefighters were called to a fire involving two acres of corn field in Maghull.
Two fire appliances from Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station and Aintree Community Fire Station were called out to near the Green Lane and Bells Lane area on a Friday evening.
Firefighters used beaters to tackle the fire and were there for around 50 minutes.
It is suspected that the fire was started deliberately.
Watch Manager Ian Mullen, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service arson reduction manager, said: “Grass fires and crop fires are dangerous as they can spread very quickly. They pose a risk to anyone who sets fires and a risk to other people. They can also destroy the natural habitat of wildlife in the area.”
The call-out was on August 15.
Firefighters tackle the flames in the corn field. Photo supplied by Councillor Tony Robertson.
Root of the Issue
A task force has been set up to deal with secondary fires in the Clubmoor area.
There had been an increase in deliberate fires and anti-social behaviour in Larkhill Gardens this year compared to 2013.
District Advocate Rachel Renshaw, of the North Liverpool Prevention Team, communicated with residents and asked for a Problem Solving Group (PSG) to be called.
The meeting was
attended by MF&RS,
councillors, ward support officers, parks and gardens staff from Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police.
A plan of action was put in place in a bid to reduce incidents of fires and anti-social behaviour. Liverpool City Council funded a climbing wall session on Friday, August 15, to help engage with local youths and it was attended by over 80 young people.
Sarah Wyatt, District Prevention Manager for Liverpool North also deployed the Street Intervention Team from Friday to Sunday each week throughout August.
Merseyside Police also deployed dedicated officers to the area.
Rachel said: “Due to the increased patrols from Merseyside Police, City Watch, Street Intervention Team and the climbing wall session we have seen a decrease in incidents of anti-social behaviour and fires. We have a few names of potential offenders and will be discussing this with Merseyside Police at the next PSG meeting.”
Hundreds of people were given fire safety information as part of work using quad bikes along the coastline during The Open tournament in Hoylake.
Our Service and Merseyside Police joined forces over The Open golf to keep the area free from arson, crime and anti-social behaviour.
Fire and Rescue Service and Police Quad Bikes and 4 x 4 vehicles patrolled the area including the beach and sand dunes.
Mike Buratti, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Arson reduction Officer for Wirral, said: “It was a busy three days with thousands of people from all over the World visiting the area.
“The quad bikes were used to get to places where normal vehicles can’t, such as the beach, and engage with members of the public. We engaged with hundreds of people and were on hand to offer advice about reducing accidental fires such as BBQ and cigarette safety, particularly in the grassy areas.
“Our presence was also there to deter any acts of anti-social behaviour and arson as in the past there have been problems on the sand dunes with grass being set alight. We also administered first aid to a number of members of the public for injuries to feet in the beach area.”
In the weeks approaching The Open, local fire crews have carried out site visits to the area where the top golfers were playing. The visits were carried out to make sure firefighters were familiar with access points and what is located on site, in case an emergency should occur.
Group Manager Paul Murphy, district manager for Wirral, said: “Fire safety and prevention of fires starting is a key aim for us, particularly during the summer when the grass and ground is dry and fires can start easily and spread unpredictably.”
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OPEN CHAMPIONS
Left to right is: Graham Morgan, Sefton Arson reduction Officer, Sergeant Andy Carter, Constable Steve Gaffney and Wirral Arson reduction Officer Mike Buratti. Picture taken in Wirral Sailing Centre car park overlooking West Kirby beach. Photo supplied by Mike Buratti.
A photo of the climbing wall session at Larkhill Gardens. Photo supplied by Rachel Renshaw.


































































































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