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Crews from Crosby, Kirkdale, Bootle and Netherton and the Search and Rescue Team based in Croxteth took part in a joint training exercise with the Coastguard to test out rescue procedures used by both agencies.
The training also provided an opportunity for firefighters and the Coastguard team to familiarise themselves in the use of each other’s equipment in preparation for the forthcoming Three Queens event, which is due to be held from May 24th to May 26th and celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line. It is estimated the event will attract 1.3 million visitors to the area.
The weekend’s training was part of the ongoing collaborative work to ensure multi-agency responses are an effective resource to the public in anticipation of the increased risk along the coastline from people putting themselves in potential danger, in an attempt to get the best view of the ships.
Station Manage Mark Jones, who manages the stations at Crosby and Formby community fire stations, which provide cover along the coastline, said: “The Three Queens event will be a fantastic spectacle and we are aware people will want to get the best view possible for this one off event. We would urge people to stay within the areas monitored by the lifeguard teams and not stray on to unprotected areas of the coastline. There are many hazards people may not be aware exist including mud and quicksand which can catch out the unwary. We want people to enjoy the upcoming event, but would urge everyone to remain safe.”
The joint training took place on the weekend of April 26.
Danny Jamson, Senior Coastal Operations Officer, HM Coastguard, said:
“If you become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.”
These photos, supplied from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), show the joint training session. Photos: Pauline Morris.
Incidents In Brief
Boys Rescued
Firefighters rescued two 11-year-old boys from the roof of a building in St Helens after a call to Parr Stocks Road on a Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters used a triple extension ladder to rescue the boys, who were not believed to have been harmed in the incident.
A fire appliance from St Helens Community Fire Station was called out and firefighters were at the scene for around 10 minutes on April 26.
Woman Freed After Collision
A woman was freed from a car by firefighters after a collision involving a car and a single decker bus.
They used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the vehicle and a female passenger was also freed from the car in Childwall Valley Road, at the junction with Bentham Drive.
The driver of the bus was out of the vehicle when firefighters arrived.
Two fire appliances from Belle Vale and Old Swan community fire stations were called out along with the Search and Rescue Team. Firefighters made the vehicles safe and were at the scene for around half an hour on April 28.
Toaster Fire Sparks Call-Out
Oxygen was given to a woman by firefighters after a fire involving a toaster at a flat in Liverpool city centre.
The toaster and contents were severely damaged by fire. The fire was out when firefighters arrived. There was also smoke damage to the flat in York Street. Two fire appliances from Liverpool City and Toxteth community fire stations were called out on April 28 and checked the fire was extinguished. Firefighters also carried out a Home Fire Safety Check at the property.
Building Materials’ Fire Extinguished
Firefighters extinguished a fire involving a pile of building materials near properties just off West Derby Road, Tuebrook.
A high pressure hose was used to extinguish the fire on May 1.
Watch Manager Dave Cartwright, who attended the call-out with White Watch firefighters at Kensington Community Fire Station, said: “There was approximately five tonnes of building materials in a front yard which was involved in the fire. We prevented the fire spreading to nearby buildings. The flames were around six feet high when we arrived. This fire had the potential to spread to property which would have put people at risk. The quick actions of the firefighters prevented the escalation of the fire.
“We pass information to the police to help catch those who start deliberate fires.”
The fire was a suspected deliberate fire.

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