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“The airport has a training facility on site which includes an example of a plane’s engine on a specially constructed platform which helps add realism to the scenarios.
“Training like this is very important to keep at skills and expertise at the level we require to be ready to respond when called upon.”
The fire appliances were mobilised after a call at 10.11am on February 23. Our firefighters and officers had left the airport by 1.47pm.
Crews from Allerton, Old Swan, Toxteth and Speke and Garston community fire stations took part in an exercise at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The training scenario saw an engine fire involving an aircraft and our firefighters worked with the fire crews based at the airport.
Station Manager Alan Fletcher, who was the
Officer in Command of the training incident, said: “When crews arrived they were told one person was unaccounted for. Our firefighters rescued three people as part of the scenario and crews worked really well throughout the exercise completing searches and firefighting.
Our Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) unit was called to investigate a liquid at a property during a recent call- out.
It followed reports that a pungent smelling liquid had been squirted through the window and splashed on the face of a woman at the property.
Three fire appliances were also called out and attended along with specialist Hazmat officers. Firefighters also assisted police in cordoning off the area.
Following an investigation the liquid does not appear to have been hazardous.
Group Manager Rob Pritchard, who attended the call- out, said: “We do not believe the liquid was harmful. It was a mixture that included a substance with a strong stench.
“This type of act must have been distressful for the people involved and it also tied up a number of our appliances to deal with it.”
The woman was checked by paramedics and was not thought to have been injured.
Our Service was called out to Dundonald Street in Birkenhead just before 9pm on Tuesday, February 18.
Our firefighters work with fire crews at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, who are in black fire kit, during the exercise. Photos taken and supplied by Group Manager Kevin Longshaw.

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