Page 12 - Hot News October 2014
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Wheel Nice Present
Station Manager Gary Marsden was given a new bike by Sefton Council as part of moves to highlight greener modes of transport.
He was the lucky winner after visiting a promotional bus run by the Travel Team in Sefton last year.
Gary said: “There was a roadshow from Sefton Council who attended our Service headquarters and were giving out advice on servicing bikes, and maps on cycling as well as promoting green issues. They asked if I wanted
to put my name down for a draw to win the bike.”
Photo: Karl Mansfield.
Firefighters joined Liverpool FC legend John Aldridge at a sportsman’s dinner at Anfield stadium in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.
The event, organised by Alan Knell, who is the charity’s Regional Fundraising Officer, raised £6,500 with the help of firefighters from Merseyside and across the UK.
There was a huge amount of support from Barclays, Waitrose and local businesses who also attended the event.
The night was hosted by John Aldridge and Liverpool football commentator Peter McDowall. Football impersonator Darren Farley also entertained guests, who enjoyed a meal in the Trophy Room as well as a tour of the Liverpool FC dug-out.
There was also a silent auction of sports memorabilia and a raffle with prizes included a signed Liverpool FC shirt.
Alan Knell said: “I would like to say thank you to everybody who came along and supported the event. It was a fantastic night.”
For more information about the charity visit or for information on its variety of services call 0800 389 8820.
Service Health and Fitness Adviser Bill Pirrie has been running “Boot Camp” sessions for Service staff.
The conditioning circuits took place every Wednesday at 5pm at the Training and Development Academy.
The circuits were designed to improve all components of fitness but using some unconventional pieces of equipment and exercises.
Bill Pirrie said: “Each session was designed to be different from the others, but the general theme was to include some functional fire ground-specific
tasks, such as loaded carries, dragging
and hauling.
“Some of these functional exercises included striking a tyre with a sledgehammer, carrying foam drums, hauling a length of hose aloft and dragging a dummy. The work periods were based on set times so that all participants could work at their own pace. This meant that all fitness levels and abilities could join in with the sessions and get something out of them. If anyone couldn’t do a particular exercise for whatever reason, they were given an alternative exercise.
“Staff from all departments within the Service took part in the sessions including operational firefighters, mechanics, occupational health staff, driving instructors and principle officers.
“Feedback from the participants was very positive and the PT Department are hoping to expand this type of Functional Training session to include more operational crews on station and maybe morning sessions for off duty Ops staff who are looking to improve their all-round fitness.”
“The boot camp has got everyone motivated even those for whom fitness hasn’t been at the forefront of minds. Bill is motivational and has made training fun again.”
”I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Billy’s Bootcamp’ as there was a very professional instructor, great exercises and a very good atmosphere. I built up physical fitness, strength and conditioning and also had a good time.”
Staff take part in the Boot Camp which was staged during the summer. Photo supplied by Fitness Advisor Andy Bennett.
More articles on fitness and training can be found on Page 7.
Station Manager Gary Marsden stands with his new bike and Neil
Gavin, Sustainable Travel Advisor in the Strategic Transport
Planning Unit at Sefton Council.
Alan Knell with MF&RS firefighters and John Aldridge at the sportsman’s dinner. Photo provided by Alan Knell.

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