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Stuck In The Muddle With You
Firefighters and the Search and Rescue Team have been involved in three exercises with the Coastguard.
Fire crews from West Kirby Community Fire Station, Upton Community Fire Station and the Search and Rescue Team shared skills and knowledge as part of the
Coastguard Rescue Officers from the Hoylake and New Brighton teams were involved in the recent training which included a mud rescue scenario working with fire officers.
Watch Manager Gareth Evans, from Blue Watch at West Kirby Community Fire Station, said: "The exercise was organised with the Coastguard to understand how each of the services would deal with an incident involving a mud rescue. It was a great opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the different kit that is used by the Coastguard at incidents where we will be working closely together. The scenario was two people stuck in mud and unable to remove themselves.
“The Coastguard along with crews from West Kirby and Upton community fire stations and the Search and Rescue Team ran three exercises sharing skills and knowledge which is invaluable for future incidents.
"The training has helped develop closer working relationships and a better understanding of how the Coastguard and ourselves can support each other whilst attending further incidents on Merseyside.
“Future training exercises will be organised and this will help provide an excellent operational response from both services."
One of the training exercises took place on November 30 on West Kirby beach in the Wirral. It started at 8.30am with a simulated 999 call reporting that two people were stuck in the mud near to West Kirby Marine Lake, an area where real mud rescues can occur as people get into difficulty.
Coastguard Rescue Officer Gary Wright, who co-ordinated a joint exercise on November 30 with our Service, said: “Our priority is getting the best outcome for the casualty and joint working
between emergency services is essential to that.
“Through this exercise, we have developed closer working relationships and a better understanding of how the Coastguard and Merseyside
Fire & Rescue Service can support each other in mud rescues on the Wirral coast.
“In addition to mud and
quicksand rescues,
Coastguard Rescue Teams
are also trained and equipped to deal with a wide range of other emergencies, including water rescue, rope rescue and searching for lost or missing people.
“We hope to carry out further joint training exercises like this involving other emergency services, to continue to build on our existing strengths and capabilities.”
Between January 1, 2014, and December 1, 2014, Liverpool Coastguard dealt with 70 mud incidents.
The Coastguard is a 24/7 emergency service, ready to respond at any time day or night to incidents on our coastline or out at sea. If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Properties were visited after a fire in the kitchen of a house.
Two women were treated for suspected smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene near Liverpool Road, Ainsdale. Both were taken to Southport and Formby District General Hospital for precautionary checks.
The fire involved an electric cooker and the fire was out when firefighters arrived.
A fire appliance from Formby Community Fire Station and two from Southport Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Watch Manager Ian Nelson, who attended the call-out with White Watch firefighters from Southport Community Fire Station, said: “Two firefighters from Formby Community Fire Station rapidly deployed into the property to make sure the fire was out and firefighters ventilated the kitchen to clear smoke.
“There were no working smoke alarms at this property. Smoke alarms can give the vital early warning of a fire and
we urge people to have working smoke alarms on each level of their home.
“We urge people never to re-enter a property if there is a fire, even if there are pets inside the building. A few breaths of toxic smoke from fires can make you unconscious.
“If you do have large dogs, or pets that may jump up or near counter tops, please make sure that cookers are switched off on the master red switch on the wall to reduce the risk of any fires occurring.”
Around 10% of the kitchen was severely damaged by fire. There was also smoke damage to the ground floor of the property.
Firefighters carried out a Home Fire Safety Check at the property and fitted smoke alarms. Crews also visited nine properties in the Meadow Lane area to highlight fire safety information since this fire and firefighters from Formby visited more properties on January 6.
Our Service was called at 9.46pm on December 31.
A woman who had become stuck in mud while out walking was freed by firefighters. Our Service was called on a Sunday afternoon in January to Carr Mill Dam near Garswood Old Road, St Helens.
Watch Manager Mike Foster, who attended the call-out with firefighters from Green Watch at St Helens Community Fire Station, said: “Firefighters conducted a search to locate the woman. The woman was trapped up to her knees in mud but she did not appear to be injured. Firefighters wearing water rescue equipment used a short extension ladder and salvage sheets to rescue the woman and bring her to safety. We advise people take care when out walking and avoid areas where there is mud as people can get stuck very easily.”
A fire appliance from St Helens Community Fire Station, the Search and Rescue Team and an appliance from Huyton Community Fire Station attended the call-out on January 18.
Photos: Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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