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Two men were rescued by firefighters after entering water for a swim.
It is thought they had gone swimming towards a buoy at Eccleston Mere, near Burrows Lane, Eccleston, on a warm Saturday evening.
White Watch at Eccleston Community Fire Station attended on June 21. A firefighter in water rescue kit entered the water to complete the rescues. He was assisted by another firefighter in water rescue kit who was on the shoreline.
Station Manager Dave Watson said: “During the summer it can be tempting to take a dip in open water to cool down, but you are putting yourself at risk.
“You do not know what obstacles are under the water which can catch your legs and arms. Water poses a range of dangers including cold water shock which can lead to the strongest swimmers getting into difficulty.”
The two men were assessed by paramedics and taken to Whiston Hospital for further checks.
We Need Your Help With Positive Action
Over the next few months we will be promoting the role, skills and work of firefighters in the Service as part of our “Positive Action” approach to recruitment.
During this period the Service will particularly, but not exclusively, focus on under-represented groups who live in our communities, some of whom may never have considered a career in the Fire and Rescue Service before.
It is important that the Service understands and is able to respond to individual and community differences so we can provide the right service, to the right people in the right way.
To do this, we believe that we need a workforce that fully represents the communities we serve and the values we hold.
It is on this basis that the Service is looking to you, our staff, to reach out to our communities in order to help identify those people who you feel share our values and would embrace the challenges that no doubt lie ahead.
A limited number of information Z cards about the role of a firefighter in Merseyside and how to register an interest in joining the Service have been produced.
If you feel you know someone who would be an asset to the Service, you can request an information Z Card by contacting
Events are also being attended by the Positive Action Team to help reach out to a wider section of the communities we serve and highlight the role of a firefighter.
Updates on where the team will be next will be available on Twitter and Facebook.
A fire involving part of a warehouse that saw black smoke billowing across roads in a town centre was extinguished by our crews.
Firefighters attended the call-out which involved the single-storey brick building in Thomas Street, Birkenhead.
The fire, which involved a large quantity of tyres along with household and building refuse, was a suspected deliberate ignition.
Crews using main jets and a ground monitor had brought the fire under control within three hours of the call on June 23 and carried out damping down operations.
Station Manager Steve Gadsdon said: “Firefighters had to work quickly, during a very warm day and did well to prevent this fire spreading to other buildings in this area of Birkenhead. This was an intense fire and firefighters fought the flames from three sides of the building as well as from above. When firefighters arrived flames could be seen coming through parts
of the roof of the warehouse.
“Eight fire appliances attended the scene to make sure we had enough firefighters at the scene to control, contain and extinguish the fire safely.
“The fire was brought under control and firefighters worked to extinguish the flames at the site.”
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Incident Management Team also attended as well as a structural engineer.
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room received 31 calls about the fire. Fire appliances from Wallasey, Birkenhead, Toxteth, Kensington, Liverpool City, Bromborough, Upton, Heswall, Kirkdale and Belle Vale community fire stations attended the call-out.
Photo: Chris Phillips.

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