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From the Chair...
We have seen some great work by firefighters and other staff in the last month in the drive to make Merseyside’s roads safer.
A number of impressive car collision rescues were staged for the public and from the photos that I have seen they really make their point and are a great way of raising awareness about the dangers, and consequences, of actions by certain drivers on our roads.
The Service’s crash car trailer was also seen in the very busy and bustling shopping area of Liverpool One in Liverpool.
The aim of the events during UK Road Safety Week is to reduce the number of people injured or killed on our roads. A road collision can have a devastating impact, not only on those directly involved but on their families and loved ones.
Firefighters in Merseyside rescue more people from road collisions than house fires each year and I believe these events help people to stay as safe as possible on our roads. I would like to thank all our staff within the Service, and our partners who worked on the planning and delivery of these events.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Two members of our Service accompanied a Second World War veteran to France to commemorate 70 years since the D-Day landings.
Albert Owens was a Forward Observation Officer for the 7th Field Regiment Royal Artillery on D-Day, amongst the first to go ashore on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944.
As a 19-year-old Albert recalls going ashore and seeing the Beachmaster for his sector killed - a Major D. Board, who only days earlier had given Albert's detachment their orders. Albert himself was blown up and injured on June 8 as the Germans counter attacked the beachhead. Gunner Cliff Truman, who was next to him and just 20-years-old, was killed.
Watch Manager Peter Owens, who is the son of Albert, said: “This was the first time my Dad had attended any formal ceremony to commemorate D-Day and the fact that the French Government chose to hold the main event on Sword Beach meant a lot to him and us as a family.
“On the 70th Anniversary my father Albert and other family members visited the graves of fallen comrades and also layed a Wreath of Remembrance from MF&RS
at Hermanville Cemetery, where so many of the first British casualties of the landings are buried. The wreath was kindly donated by the Fire Authority as part of remembrance.”
The grave of Gunner Cliff Truman at the cemetery.
For more on visits to France to remember those lost in the First World War go to Pages 10-11.
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HOTNEWS
Total Incidents by Ground Station between 1st May 2014 to 31st May 2014.
Station Ground
All Accidental All Deliberate All RTC Primary Home Secondary Secondary Special
10 Kirkdale
11 City Centre
12 Kensington
13Allerton 6
35 72 6 123 23 81 4 7 6 91
Fires Fires Fires
Fires Service
10 3 36 13 3 9 16 8 25
14 Speke - Garston
15 Toxteth
16 Old Swan
17BelleVale 538811
3 0 10 8 14 5
9 11 25
6 2 4 10 11 3 24 13 4
11212 10 9327 26 271031 31 5417 16
3 5
18 Aintree
19 Croxteth
20 Birkenhead
21 Bromborough
22Heswall 31221
23 Upton
24 West Kirby
25 Wallasey
30 Bootle & Netherton
31 Crosby
32Formby 10763 33Southport 6474101
40 Huyton 12 4 13 41 Whiston 5 1 12 42 Kirkby 7 4 16 50 St Helens 15 2 22 51 Newton-Le-Willows 4 2 13 52 Eccleston 3 1 13
11 3 1 10 1 1 16 4
22 7 3
Grand Total 225 88 398
354 157 48
7 4 17 3 3 6 9 4 20 7 2 14 14 3 19
14 51 4 1
During May 2014 there were 13 rescues from Fire incidents and 13 rescues from Road Traffic Collsions.
18 11
12 63 15 93
9 3 3 10 5
4 1 16 2 2 5
Photos supplied by Watch Manager Peter Owens.
Pictured, right to left, is Watch Manager Peter Owens next to his father Albert and one of our service’s control room operators Tim Gerrard on the far left of the photo.


































































































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