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No Name From To Date
3282 Michael Burns WMB T&DA Non Ops WMB Stn 14 Speke Blue Watch 21/04/2014
5108 William McGinn FF Stn 21 Alternative Pattern 2825 John Andre FF Stn 23 Upton Altops Pattern 7
8193 Colette Kelly FF       MACC White Watch Nights
No Name Designation Location
2802 Paul Totty 23 Upton Red Watch
2740 John Gomez Stn 21 Bromborough Green Watch 2677 Philip Wakefield Stn 33 Southport Green Watch
No Name Designation Location
4550 Lisa Smith T/Team Leader Prince’s Trust.
FF Stn 21 Brombrough Red Watch 15/04/2014 FF Stn 21 Bromborough Altops 14/04/2014
Pattern 25
FF  MACC Red Watch Nights   24/03/2014
And the Bronze goes to...Kirkdale
Blue Watch Firefighters at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, as part of their ongoing commitment to Youth Engagement, hosted and worked with a youth group from the Sefton area.
The group of 14 boys, who are all 15-years-old, have been visiting the station on a weekly basis since January as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which began in the summer of last year.
Watch Manager Dave Perrin, from Blue Watch at Kirkdale, said: “The award scheme, which was co-ordinated overall by the team from Meols Cop Youth Centre, requires the participants to complete the following four key areas in order to achieve the award – volunteering, expedition, physical and skills, with all bar one of the elements taking three months each and the other element six months.
“The crews at Kirkdale, who have been working with youth groups for nearly 20 years, were able to assist the boys in achieving the skills element by delivering a basic first aid course and home fire safety.
“There was also an opportunity for the Watch to deliver the ‘Suddenly from Nowhere’ RTC package to help make Merseyside’s roads safer, which was well received by the group, who took an active part and both the group and leaders gave very positive feedback.”
Dave added: “The boys, who have shown a growing maturity throughout the course, which finished in May, look set to complete and achieve the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in the summer and the staff of Blue Watch wish them well and hope they use it as a spring board to go on and achieve Silver, and ultimately Gold, in the future.”
The group from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme during a visit to Kirkdale Community Fire Station. Photo supplied by Watch Manager Dave Perrin.
Start Date
20/04/2014 31/03/2014 12/04/2014
Start Date
Making Wirral a Safer Place
Hundreds of people were helped in a month of activity in Wirral aimed at keeping residents safe from fires in the home.
Home Safety Month was held across Wirral, with activities ranging from community fire station open days, fire safety talks with schoolchildren and home visits, to sessions with vulnerable people.
The aim was to reduce the number of deaths or injuries caused by fires in the home.
Firefighters and
prevention staff were
out in force visiting homes throughout the month and carried out 658 Home Fire Safety Checks.
More than 70 people attended two community days at Birkenhead and Heswall community fire stations, where there were health checks, bingo, information stalls, family activities and refreshments were available. Firefighters also visited supermarkets, where they engaged with the community, offered fire safety advice and gave out leaflets.
Talks were given to vulnerable people in the community including people who have suffered a stroke and people in the Polish community.
Staff also carried out a two-day reassurance campaign in Heswall aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. They also engaged with a variety of community groups including residents’ associations, Beavers and children’s centres.
Group Manager Paul Murphy, Wirral District Manager, said:
“The month of action allowed us to engage with many vulnerable people in the community, as well as families and people of all ages.”
Jennifer Welsh, Wirral District Prevention Manager, added:
“It was great that so many people either attended our
events or welcomed our staff into their homes and
community groups.” HOTNEWS
Firefighter Geoff Little speaking to residents during the open day at Birkenhead Community Fire Station. Photo supplied by Jennifer Welsh.

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