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Bins Set Alight Spark Call
Firefighters attended 94 suspected deliberate fires involving rubbish and wheelie bins in Merseyside in a two-week period.
In the first half of the month, between June 1 and June 14 this year, there were 71 fires involving rubbish and 23 wheelie bin fires attended by our Service.
Of those, there were 48 fires involving rubbish and wheelie bins in Liverpool, 17 in Wirral, 12 in St Helens, 10 in Knowsley and seven in Sefton. It is suspected that the fires were started deliberately.
Ian Mullen, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator at our Service, said:
“Wheelie bin fires can easily spread to buildings, posing a danger to people inside and can cause significant damage to properties.
“Fires involving rubbish can spread rapidly and can be unpredictable due to the waste materials involved.
“If a fire appliance is called out to a deliberate fire, this could also delay the response to other emergencies.
“The fires that we attend are investigated and people should be aware it is a criminal offence to deliberately set fires. We work with the police and partner agencies to identify those responsible for setting fires and if caught they will be prosecuted.”
From the beginning of March to the middle of June, in the Speke area, firefighters attended 26 wheelie bin and rubbish fires.
The incidents happened in the early hours of the morning and our Service is urging people to store bins away properly. In some instances the bins have been so close to fences that the fires have spread to the fencing.
Mike Buratti, Liverpool South District Prevention Manager, added: “We would urge people to lock their wheelie bins away securely where possible. Wheelie bins should be stored away from property and should only be put out on the day of collection then brought back in immediately after they have been emptied.”
Our Service has delivered two of our decommissioned fire appliances to a fire and rescue service in Romania.
A group of four MF&RS staff transported the appliances from our Service Headquarters to the two cities of Band and Batos, which are both in Transylvania, in Romania.
They included firefighters Carla Miller, Simon Radcliffe and Brian Grimley as well as Sharon Baxter, who is the MF&RS contingency planning and business continuity officer.
The group, who volunteered for the project, took around four days to transport the
appliances. They also held training on the appliances for firefighters in Transylvania.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “These appliances, which have been decommissioned and are no
longer in use in Merseyside, will be recycled and will be put to good use as operational fire appliances in
Romania. Instead of becoming a wasted resource, they will be re-used to help save lives of people
in Romania.”
The fire appliances were delivered as part of “Operation Sabre”.
Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan pictured with Sharon Baxter, from MF&RS contingency planning, and firefighters Carla Miller, Simon Radcliffe and Brian Grimley, who transported the two fire appliances to Romania in June.

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