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From the Chair...
The news of the Chief Fire Officer being awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the New Year’s Honours was excellent news and so well deserved. The honour reflects well on Merseyside and the professionalism of not only our Chief Fire Officer but everyone who works for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
I have also been very pleased to see so much of the positive work everyone who works for the Authority and Service have been doing in the last few months.
I, along with my colleagues on the Fire and Rescue Authority, are also very proud of the results of an assurance visit to audit the operational readiness of National Resilience (NR) assets provided by our Service.
It shows we have an excellent fire and rescue service that has highly trained firefighters who have a wide breadth of rescue skills and equipment to help those in need when that emergency call comes.
BEAR NECESSITIES
Staff from our Service took to the streets in Liverpool to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Volunteers grabbed their buckets and took part in a street collection, which raised around £400 for the charity.
Group Manager Gary Oakford, firefighter Faye Disley, Rebecca Cummins from Time and Resource Management and Lyndsay Young from Corporate Communications joined Alan Knell, the charity’s Regional Fundraising Officer for the event.
Rebecca also donned the Blaze Bear suit and a number of people queued up to have “selfie” photos taken with the charity’s mascot.
Bill’s Restaurant in Liverpool ONE also gave their support to the volunteers by providing free cups of coffee to keep them warm in the cold weather.
Group Manager Gary Oakford has been the charity’s volunteer Service Co-ordinator at MF&RS for almost two years. This year the role has now been handed
over to Group Manager Brian Welsh, who is the charity’s new Service Co-ordinator at MF&RS.
Group Manager Oakford said: “It has been a fantastic experience and a real eye-opener over the past two
years to see the extent of the valuable work of the charity locally and across the region.
“I will remain a champion of the charity and would
encourage other people to get involved. I wish Brian every success in the role and I am sure he
will enjoy it as much as I have.”
Rebecca Cummins as Blaze Bear.
PAGE 4 HOTNEWS
Total Incidents by Ground Station between 1st December 2014 to 31st December 2014
Station Ground
All Accidental All Deliberate All RTC Primary Home Secondary Secondary Special
Fires Fires Fires Fires Service
10 Kirkdale
11 City Centre
12 Kensington
13Allerton 5
14 Speke - Garston 13 3 7 6
15 Toxteth 6 2 8 8
16OldSwan 747683 17BelleVale 754451
30 Bootle & Netherton 31 Crosby
32 Formby
33 Southport
6 3 101023
7 1 11 6 10 4 5 5 3 2 2
17 1 41 41 44 84
18 Aintree
19 Croxteth
20 Birkenhead
21 Bromborough
22 Heswall
23 Upton
24 West Kirby
25Wallasey 1055472
10 1 10 10
3 1 2 2 8 7
5 3 10 13 6 11 10 5 7 2 2 2
8
8
3 7
9 3 11 2 1 2
5
9 32
153 572 11 4 12 2 472 41Whiston 313353
14 9 4 10 7 6 2 1 3 11 8 6 7 3 4
40 Huyton
42Kirkby 81777
50 St Helens 156 18 18
9 4
51 Newton-Le-Willows 7 5 52 Eccleston 2 1 Grand Total 201 93
33
11 10 1
During December 2014, MF&RS crews rescued eight people from Road Traffic Collisions.
177 146
147 52
2 4
2 3
MF&RS staff pictured with Alan Knell, Regional Fundraising Officer for The Fire Fighters Charity during the fundraiser.


































































































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