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Dan Stephens said: “Although there have been many changes to the fire and rescue service on Merseyside not least the reduction in fire deaths from 30 in 1974 to below 10 over the last few years, two things have not changed. That is the professionalism and dedication of the staff who make-up the Service and I pay tribute to them.
“This Service of Thanksgiving, attended by those who served in the past and now, is a fitting event to remember the contribution these individuals have all made to the Merseyside population.”
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority members were also at the Service along with 98-year-old Ted Jermyn who served during the Blitz as a firefighter in Merseyside. The former Station Officer was a fireman for 31 years and retired in 1969.
George Taylor who, as a Fireman, climbed to the top of a ladder to help to rescue people from the ledge of a building after a fire started at the William Henderson’s Department store in Church Street, Liverpool, in June 1960, was also at the service. He retired from the Service at the rank of Station Officer.
Our Service’s chaplain Rev Bill Sanders also read the Fireman’s Prayer during the Service and volunteers from the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre were also present and brought an F8 fire appliance with them which was in Service in 1974 in Merseyside.
The Heritage and Education Centre has a host of firefighting memorabilia on show from across Merseyside. The centre is based at our Service’s headquarters in Bridle Road in Bootle.
Groups wishing to visit the Heritage and Education Centre should make an appointment by calling 0151 2964640 (Monday
to Friday 9am to 5pm).
Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE speaks with volunteers from our service’s Heritage and Education Centre.
A wide range of dignitaries including mayors from across Merseyside attended the service.
40th Facts:
In 1974 as part of wider local government reform the Brigades serving the City of Liverpool, the County Boroughs of Birkenhead, Bootle, St Helens, Southport and Wallasey together with parts of the Counties of Cheshire and Lancashire were amalgamated.
The Brigade in 1974 then manned 66 pumps, 11 aerial appliances and nine emergency tenders based at 34 stations, two of which served the airport. They were supported by the tenders of the Liverpool Salvage Corps and seven separate control rooms.
Half of the biggest fires to have occurred on Merseyside since 1974 took place within the first five years after formation; fire deaths averaged 30 people per year and domestic smoke detectors, Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSC) and Community Fire Stations were unheard of.
In 1974 there were over 60,000 999 calls received and the long hot summer of 1976 saw an all time record number of calls.
Photos: Tony Thomas.

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