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A Chief Officer from America was given a tour of our Service’s new Joint Control Centre during a visit to Merseyside.
Mike McGrath, Chief Officer of Battalion 47, Rockaway Beach, New York, was also given a tour of the Heritage and Education Centre as well as seeing a demonstration of the HazMat and DIM (Detection, Identification and Monitoring) equipment we use at Kirkdale Community Fire Station. He also saw a demonstration by the Search and Rescue Team at Croxteth Community Fire Station as well as visiting the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub and hearing about the prevention and protection work carried out by our Service.
The Battalion Chief said: “I would like to thank Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for the great treatment I received while visiting their facilities. You are an exceptional professional organisation. I hope I can return the favour sometime.
“I would like to thank Chief Dan Stephens and the rest of his department for giving me a day I will never forget.”
The Heritage and Education Centre houses an array of artefacts from Merseyside firefighting history, such as items from the Blitz and rare vintage fire
appliances as well as a digital archive of more than 200,000 digital photographs showing the history of the fire service.
The centre hosts thousands of visitors each year, including schools, Brownies, Guides and community groups who book tours at the site.
It is run completely by volunteers, including ex- firefighting staff and those with an interest in heritage.
Photo: Karl Mansfield.
A group of ten youngsters got the chance of their lifetime to be near sporting heroes at a Champions League match.
The opportunity arose following work by our Service’s Football Team. The team has completed another 12-month football project in Toxteth and to celebrate this achievement LFC Foundation, who funded the initiative at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, asked some of the young players to help with this season’s Champions League UEFA pre-match flag and banner waving at Anfield. It took place before the match between Liverpool and Ludogorets.
Firefighter Roy Stewart, captain of the MF&RS Football Team, said: “As soon as Liverpool qualified for Champions League football last season we hoped that the boys from our project could be considered to be part of a match day. I think the experience will stay with the lads for a long time. We’ve had a great year and made a lot of friends here and it’s good to reward those lads who’ve been here week in week out.”
The group of youngsters take to the pitch to carry the Champions League displays before the match started.
Photo supplied by Liverpool FC.
Chief Officer Mike McGrath, Group Manager Ben Ryder and Heritage and Education Centre, Centre Manager Danny Murphy during the visit to the Heritage and Education Centre.
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