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On The RighT TRack
An exercise involving a tram on Southport Pier was staged as part of training.
The scenario saw a rescue from a simulated tram fire on the pier. Three fire appliances were deployed on the day.
This is one of the ongoing exercises that firefighters carry out at sites in communities as part of their training.
Crew Manager Steve McHale, who led the exercise, said: “Due to this being a unique location and unique structure, we thought it would be beneficial to run an exercise at the pier.
“The exercise was carried out in partnership with Sefton Council.
“It also raised firefighters’ awareness of the mechanisms of the tram and the pier.”
The exercise was held on November 28.
Stranded Seal Helped
Firefighters helped a seal found in a farmer’s field, 20 miles from the coast.
Our Service was called out by the RSPCA to grassland on Winwick Road, Newton-le-Willows, after the 5-foot seal had made its way onto the farmland.
It is believed the seal may have come from the River Mersey and entered the Sankey Canal before making its way on to the grassland.
A fire appliance from Newton-le-Willows Community Fire Station and the MF&RS Search and Rescue Team were called out in December.
Firefighters helped to transport the seal onto a trailer and applied water spray to the seal, which was suffering from dehydration.
The seal was transported to an RSPCA welfare centre in Nantwich. Sadly the seal died in January.
Station Manager Mark Jones said: "This was an adult seal that had made its way onto a field and had become fatigued.
"Firefighters and police officers guided the seal on to an RSPCA trailer and then firefighters used a mist spray to keep the seal hydrated."
Photo taken and supplied by Firefighter Darren Evans.
Photos: Tony Thomas.

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