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A special church service has been held to mark 40 years since the formation of a Merseyside fire and rescue service.
Former Chief Fire Officer Andrew Best, Chief from 1989 to 1999, joined invited guests including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Gary Millar and the Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy along with firefighters from the past and present at the event in Liverpool.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE also attended the service along with Mayors from across Merseyside.
The Service, which was attended by more than 100 people, marked the point that eight separate brigades were brought together to form the Merseyside Fire Brigade on April 1, 1974.
In 2000 the Service was renamed Merseyside Fire Service and in 2003 it was again renamed Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, reflecting the range of skills
and equipment firefighters now use in responding to house fires, crashes on the roads, building collapses and flooding.
The current Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Dan Stephens gave a reading at the service at the church of Our Lady and St Nicholas in Liverpool city centre, also called Liverpool Parish Church.
Ted Jermyn stands with, on the right of the photo, Watch Manager Dave Topping, based at Crosby Community Fire Station, and another standard bearer for the ceremonial team at the Service.

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