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WOMAN RELEASED FROM CAR
Firefighters removed the roof of a car and assisted paramedics in a controlled release of a woman following a collision involving two cars.
Our Service was called on a Friday afternoon in June to the Prescot Bypass, Prescot.
Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove a roof to assist in the safe release of a
woman from the car.
Two women were taken to hospital.
A fire appliance from Huyton Community Fire Station, an appliance from Eccleston Community Fire Station and the Search and Rescue Team attended the call- out. The call-out was on June 26.
visits highlight safety
Hundreds of homes in Tuebrook and Old Swan were visited following a serious house fire suspected to have been caused by a cigarette.
A reassurance campaign saw safety leaflets delivered to 355 properties and 51 Home Fire Safety Checks carried out by our Service.
It follows a fire at a house in Dorset Road, in Tuebrook, on Sunday, June 21, after which an elderly man sadly later died in hospital.
Our Service was called out to the property just after 11.40pm and the fire was out when firefighters arrived.
An elderly man was taken to the Royal Hospital by ambulance and transferred to Whiston Hospital suffering burns.
The elderly man later died in hospital.
It is suspected that the fire was accidental and that it was caused by a cigarette.
As part of the campaign Fire Support Network, the charitable arm of MF&RS, delivered hundreds of leaflets to homes. Firefighters along with prevention advocates and prevention apprentices visited homes, fitted smoke alarms and carried out Home Fire Safety Checks.
Smoking is the main cause of fire deaths in the home in the UK. During the campaign firefighters and staff gave important advice on the dangers of smoking and the importance of checking on elderly, vulnerable relatives or neighbours.
Throughout the campaign a helpdesk was set up at Tuebrook Hope Centre, which is in Christ Church, in Buckingham Road, from 2pm to 4pm, where MF&RS advocate Michelle Rasdale gave out fire safety advice. The helpdesk was set up in partnership with Councillor Steve Radford.
Group Manager Ben Ryder, Liverpool District Manager, said:
“It’s really sad that an elderly man in the community has died and the reassurance campaign was held in a bid to prevent further fires like this.
“Smoking is the most common cause of fire deaths in the home, however, fires caused by smoking materials can be prevented by following simple safety advice.
“People can also help keep their elderly relatives and neighbours safe from fire by checking on them. If they need a Home Fire Safety Check, they can be referred by calling 0800 731 5958.
“We also urge people to ensure elderly relatives or neighbours have smoke alarms fitted on each floor of their home and that they are tested every week.
“If they hear a smoke alarm sounding continuously in a neighbour’s property, they should call 999. Sometimes people may be afraid of being a nosey neighbour and interfering if they hear a smoke alarm but alerting us to a possible fire can save a life.”
For free fire safety advice, or to request a Home Fire Safety Check for yourself or an elderly relative, call 0800 731 5958 or go to www.merseyfire.gov.uk
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MF&RS Advocate Michelle Rasdale and Councillor Steve Radford at the advice point that was set up during the campaign.
MF&RS apprentice Afi Khan with Watch Manager Gareth Evans during the reassurance campaign.
Photos: Lyndsay Young.


































































































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