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Birthday Honours
A volunteer who has dedicated years of service to
preserving Merseyside’s fire and rescue history
has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Danny Murphy, 75,
who founded the MF&RS Heritage and Education Centre at our
headquarter’s site, will be appointed a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire. He will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM).
The former firefighter was named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his heritage work, fundraising efforts and for demonstrating a passion and commitment to making a difference to the lives of others.
Danny’s interest in the fire service started as a child as his father was a firefighter at Bootle Fire Brigade and he would visit his workplace as a child.
After joining the fire service in the Royal Army Service Corps, he went on to work for the Auxiliary Fire Service and then became a voluntary firefighter at Lancashire County Fire Service.
In 1966 he started collecting memorabilia as a hobby, with a view of setting up a fire service museum in Merseyside.
As the collection grew it moved to various venues over the years and finally a base was set up in Crosby behind Crosby Community Fire Station in the 1980s.
Finally the museum moved into what is now the Heritage and Education Centre.
Danny, who is also a volunteer and the manager of the centre, said: “What really started as a hobby, has now been left as a legacy for all the firefighters in Merseyside and the community to enjoy.
“It has gone from success to success and every single day you work it just gets better and better.”
Speaking about the BEM announcement, he said:
“I was absolutely delighted when I found out.
It’s a huge honour and one that you don’t expect.”
Training Prompts Improvement
Our control room operators say they have noticed a “clear improvement” to emergency calls from care line providers who attended an education and awareness session held at Kirkdale Community Fire Station earlier this year.
Managers and trainers from care line providers in Merseyside attended the session, which was organised and hosted by Watch Manager Phil Byrne. Crew Manager Tina Fishwick from MACC and Kevin Johnson, from Community Fire Prevention, who also helped lead the session.
The aim was to enhance the quality of calls to MACC and the information that care line agencies pass on to their clients.
It is mainly vulnerable people that use care line systems. Care line staff members at the session were told the advice from MF&RS to anyone who has a house fire is to get out, stay out and call 999.
Crew Manager Tina Fishwick, who led on the project for Control, said: “This was a positive move forward and a great piece of work with Prevention and Protection and Control working together to deliver education and awareness to these
companies which has resulted in better and more informed call handling by these agencies. They are now aware of why we ask for the information we do and why it is important that the information they pass to us is current and relevant which, in turn, allows control to mobilise the relevant response for each call received.”
Watch Manager Byrne, who led on the work for Prevention and Protection, said: “This was a valuable exercise which has led to forging relations with other agencies. We will continue working with the various providers of care line across Merseyside to continually improve our ability to safely and effectively respond to operational incidents. We are hoping to enhance our partnership by sharing data with these agencies which will allow us to target vulnerability within our communities during our prevention work.”
The improvement to date will see calls originating from Care Line Agencies being treated as “persons’ reported” only when information gathered by Control indicates that there is a life at risk rather than the temporary measure of treating all calls to these premises as “persons’ reported”.
Groups wishing to visit the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre should make an appointment by calling 0151 2964640 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Danny Murphy next to an old fire appliance with his letter announcing that he has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Danny Murphy next to vintage fire appliances at the MF&RS Heritage and Education Centre.
Photos: Lyndsay Young.

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