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Fire crews from Kirkby Community Fire Station have carried out a series of training exercises and engagement work with businesses in Knowsley.
In partnership with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, firefighters have been engaging with local businesses through the Knowsley Business Watch forum.
Crews have completed familiarisation visits, carried out SSRI’s and have tested operational procedures at a number of venues.
The watches at Kirkby have undertaken a series of training exercises, including a rescue from height at QVC and a fire and full evacuation at the Suites Hotel.
One exercise involved a fire and horse evacuation at Knowsley Village Stables, which has previously been targeted by arson.
A fourth exercise was due to take place at the News International site this month.
Station Manager Mark Thomas said: “Feedback from crews has been very positive and comments from the Business Watch have also been extremely positive.
“Being able to engage our local businesses to undertake these types of training exercises allows our crews to highlight any issues that may crop up prior to an actual call-out.”
Pat King, General Manager of the Suites Hotel, said:
“With just a few email exchanges I was able to arrange a full fire training exercise where all of our employees experienced a full evacuation. It couldn’t have been easier to arrange with the help of the Chamber’s Business Watch initiative.”
No Horsing Around: These photos show the training exercise at Knowsley Village Stables. Photo supplied by Station Manager Mark Thomas.

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