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An RAF Sea King helicopter has taken part in joint training with our Service on the River Mersey.
The exercise involved the Marine Rescue
Unit’s boat, Marine Fire One, which is based at the Pier Head.
Team Leader Ian Kay, a member of the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Marine Rescue Unit (MRU) who took part in the exercise, said: “We carry out training every week to make sure we are ready to respond to emergencies on or in the waters of the River Mersey and exercises like this help to keep our skill levels very high in our rescue roles. The exercise involved Marine Fire One working alongside the RAF to locate a merchant ship crew member reported as missing in the scenario having fallen overboard from the vessel in the River Mersey.
“The casualty was played by MRU crewperson Rob Gordon. He acted as a casualty suffering from chest pains and requiring immediate airlift to Aintree University Hospital.
“An RAF Search and Rescue crewmember was winched onto Marine Fire One before lifting Rob to the helicopter for transfer to hospital.”
This was the last training exercise with our Service before Search and Rescue operations at RAF Valley are to be handed over in July this year (2015).
Warrant Officer Alfie Jones, from the RAF Search and Rescue Force, said: “The RAF Search and Rescue helicopters attend to many different rescue situations both on land and at sea. The close working relationship, and friendships, that have been forged over the years between Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and C Flight, RAF Search and Rescue unit based at RAF Valley, has been invaluable.
“It goes without saying that as we in the RAF Search and Rescue Force draw closer to handing over responsibility for Search and Rescue to the new SAR provider we wish every member of the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service continued success for the future and a big thank you from all of our crews who have worked alongside your firefighters and rescuers.”
On The Waterfront
The Marine Rescue Unit training exercise with the RAF Search and Rescue.
Photos supplied by Ian Kay.
No Plane Evening
A multi-agency exercise took place at Liverpool John Lennon Airport to test the emergency services’ response to an aircraft accident.
The two-hour long night-time exercise aimed to test and exercise procedures within the airport’s emergency plan which is used in the event of a full-scale emergency incident at the airport.
The airport continued operating “business as usual” throughout the exercise and no passengers or airlines were affected by the training taking place.
Fire appliances from Allerton Community Fire Station, Speke and Garston Community Fire Station, Belle Vale Community Fire Station, Toxteth Community Fire Station and our Service Search and Rescue Team took part in the exercise.
Partners involved also included the Emergency Response Service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Merseyside Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Constabulary and the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust who worked under the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) to coordinate and resolve the incident.
Station Manager Paul Lawless, Operational Planning and Contingency Manager at our Service, said: “It was a
challenging exercise scenario that took place off the airfield and in the hours of darkness.
“The exercise scenario was helped by a number of volunteers from the Red Cross, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s volunteer pool and a local actors group from St Helens.
“Exercises are a very good way of testing how we respond and how we work with partners and other agencies.”
It is a requirement by the Civil Aviation Authority for airports such as Liverpool to regularly test its emergency procedures.
Simon Woodward, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Airside Operations & Emergency Response Service Manager, said: “This particular incident helped to test how we all work together in the event of an airport-related incident in a location involving different local authorities and, as a consequence, multiple emergency services too.”
The multi-agency exercise at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Photos supplied by Ruth Lee Ltd.

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