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Parents and children flocked to a summer safety garden party organised by our Service and Seacombe Children’s Centre.
The event, which was held in the grounds of the centre in St Pauls Road, attracted around 300 people.
It was aimed at helping to reduce the number of accidental and deliberate fires involving grass, rubbish, bonfires and fly-tipped material.
Children sat on the MF&RS quad bike while people were educated on how they could help reduce fires.
Merseyside Police were also registering bicycles to help prevent bike thefts and to help return them to their owners if they are stolen.
The event also aimed to improve the wellbeing, lifestyle and fitness of people in the community.
There were also free NHS health checks, debt advice to young families and support for pregnant women.
People had a go of the MF&RS smoothie bike, making healthy smoothies while burning calories and a Build a Butty stall offered tips on how to make a healthy sandwich.
Information stalls were held by partner organisations signposting people to various support agencies.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Steve Foulkes and Mayoress Elaine Nolan.
There was also entertainment from the Hoylake Hand and Voice Choir, who performed four songs in British Sign Language and the children joined in.
The event was organised by Watch Manager Eddie Parry,
who is the Community Fire Safety Officer for Wirral IFIP (Intensive Family Intervention Programme) with the assistance of Trish Hornby from Seacombe Children’s Centre.
Eddie said: “This was a very well attended event and it was clear to see all the commitment put in by all involved, including the Wallasey Prevention Team. The community benefited from this event and was certainly made safer as a result of all advice and support given.”
A woman has marked 40 years of handling emergency calls and helping to save lives at our Service.
Watch Manager Jacky Ryland, 56, who works in Fire Control, was given a special presentation for her 40th anniversary with the Service.
Jacky grew up in the firefighting community and followed in the footsteps of her father, Eric Parr, who was a firefighter for 21 years as well as her uncle, Les Parr, who was also a firefighter.
She was just 16 when she decided to join the Service when she left school and said she has never looked back.
Jacky, who grew up in Garston but has lived in Skelmersdale for 28 years, said: “I still can’t believe that it’s 40 years.
A lot has changed but it doesn’t feel like that long.
“I feel really proud to have been here for so long.”
The married mother-of-one started her service at Hatton Garden and moved to the former airport fire station in Speke before moving to Derby Road in Bootle.
One of the busiest times in her career was in 1976 when Merseyside suffered a spate of serious grass fires caused by a heat wave.
She said: “I was 18 at the time. The weather was just so hot and the land was so dry. It was constant grass fires.”
After being promoted to Crew Manager, Jacky recently became a Watch Manager, which involves managing a team of control room staff.
To mark her 40th anniversary she was presented with a bouquet at a special presentation by Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens.
Jacky, who is now based at the Joint Control Centre at our Service Headquarters in Bootle, said: “I’ve really enjoyed working with so many
different people over
the years. They are not just colleagues, they’re friends.
“I wouldn’t change this job for the world. You don’t know what you are going to face each day.
“It’s just really rewarding and I get satisfaction out of knowing I’ve done a good job over the years.”
Photo: Lyndsay Young.
In Safe Hands
Jacky in the fire control room at the Joint Control Centre. Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Mayor of Wirral, on the front right of the photo and Crew Manager Eddie Parry, on the left of the photo, next to the Mayoress of Wirral at the event.
Photo supplied by Glynis Lomax.

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