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Bubble and Squeaky Clean
The canteens at our Service headquarters and at the Training
and Development Academy have both been awarded top
marks in hygiene following inspections.
Both kitchens at the TDA and headquarters have recently been
awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating from Council Food Hygiene
Each business is
given a “hygiene rating” when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the
local council. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.
Businesses where you eat out or shop for food are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates at their premises in a place where you can easily see them when you visit.
The TDA canteen had the 5 rating for food hygiene and following a visit in July this year they were granted the top level once again by the Food Standards Agency.
The canteen at Service Headquarters was refurbished earlier this year as part of work on the Joint Control Centre (JCC).
Catering Manager Ray Anderson-Jones said: “It is fantastic that both our canteen sites have scored the highest rating in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS). This is down to the hard work and professionalism of the cooks and kitchen
assistants at both canteen sites and I would like to thank all of them for their ongoing work and high levels of service.”
The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at areas including how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities at the business and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of “5”means that the business was found to have “very good” hygiene standards.
Congratulations Sheila
A member of the fire service control has spent 40 years answering emergency fire calls from the public in Merseyside.
To mark her 40th anniversary at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Watch Manager Sheila Kenny, who is based in Fire Control, was presented with a special bouquet from MF&RS Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens.
Sheila started her career with the Service in at Hatton Garden in Liverpool and Derby Road in Bootle before recently moving to the MF&RS Headquarters in Bootle.
The mother-of-two, who is originally from Kirkdale and has lived in Rainford for 28 years, said: “There were a lot of older buildings when I started and a lot more fires. You needed to have a lot of local knowledge.
“I had been in the job about two weeks when there was a big fire at a shop in Ranelagh Street in Liverpool. All the control staff were busy dealing with this
incident and worked well as a team – this has remained with me throughout my service.
“I’ve probably dealt with most types of incidents when I have been on duty.”
Remaining calm when dealing with 999 calls and being able to offer fire safety advice to people while deploying fire appliances has been a vital part of her role.
She said: “I’ve loved the job from when I first started. It is great being in a position to help people.
“You have to take charge of the call and do your best to reassure people. That is where your training kicks in.
“Sometimes there will be quieter days with regards to incidents but it is never quiet in the control room
because there always are other duties to do.”
Sheila was surprised when she received a special bouquet from the Chief Fire Officer in front of her colleagues to mark her 40 years of service.
She added: “I’ve been proud to work for the Service. I have really enjoyed it and
I enjoy coming to work.
“The time has just flown over. I know the friends I have made here will be
friends for life.”
Watch Manager Sheila Kenny at Fire Control in Headquarters. Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Senior cook Terry Evans, catering manager Ray Anderson-Jones, cook Chris Parker and cook John Killeen at the canteen at Service headquarters.
Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Senior cook Waldemar Hamny and cook Cheryl Seddon at the TDA canteen which displays their hygiene rating. Photo: Karl Mansfield.

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