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Young Champions
Watch Manager Eddie Parry with schoolchildren during the firefighters experience day, after the children won a fire safety poster competition.
More than 500 schoolchildren at three Wirral primary schools took part in a Fire Safety art competition.
The event was organised by Watch Manager Eddie Parry, Fire Community Safety Officer on the Wirral Intensive Family Intervention Programme (IFIP) and the 12 winners were invited for a special “Day as a Firefighter” experience.
Children aged nine to 11 from Fender Primary School, New Brighton Primary School and Holy Spirit Primary School were asked to design posters around fire safety.
Four children from each school were selected for their winning posters and were invited for the firefighter experience day.
They also received certificates as well as trophies for their efforts, presented by Group Manager Paul Murphy and Watch Manager Parry. The children were also encouraged to become community champions by spreading fire safety messages in their communities. Watch Manager Parry said: "The children from all three schools were very excited. They learned about
how to put together an escape plan for their homes in the event of
a fire and how to test their smoke alarms at home.
“They also had the opportunity to dress up as firefighters
and took part in hose reel drills and rolling fire hoses.
“The children are now ambassadors for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Wirral Council, spreading the fire safety message across their communities.
“I would like to thank Group Manager Murphy, Helen Everett and Suzy Tosi and all involved for their support.”
Firefighters attended a house in Gateacre after a tea towel on a toaster caught fire.
Our Service was called out just before midday on a Saturday to a property off Gateacre Park Drive.
It is suspected that a boxer dog jumped up on a worktop and activated the switch on the toaster. A tea towel that was on the toaster caught fire.
The boxer, a Chihuahua puppy and the occupiers were out of the property before firefighters arrived.
Unfortunately the Chihuahua puppy died as a result of suspected smoke inhalation. The boxer dog was taken to the vet for oxytherapy treatment for suspected smoke inhalation.
Two fire appliances were called out from Belle Vale and Old Swan community fire stations on February 21.
Our Service gave out general fire safety advice on how members of the public can help prevent fires in the kitchen.
Watch Manager Alan Moore said: "People are advised to take care with appliances in their kitchen. Combustible items, such as tea towels, kitchen towels or cloths, should be kept away from heat sources as they can easily ignite. Appliances should also be switched off at the mains after use.
"People are urged to test their smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are working. Smoke alarms should also be fitted on each level of a property.”
Photos supplied by Eddie Parry.
Schoolchildren at Fender Primary School who took part in the poster competition.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service staff and children with their certificates and trophies during the firefighter experience day. Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Children from Wirral schools pictured with Watch Manager Eddie Parry during the ‘Day as a Firefighter’ experience.

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