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Firefighters and prevention staff from Wirral were featured in a light show as part of the Three Queens event on the River Mersey.
Their photographs were projected on to the Three Graces at the Pier Head as part of an Amazing Graces art installation.
The Marine Rescue Unit and Search and Rescue Team also operated the Marine Fire One boat and two jet skis while the flotilla was on the river.
Our Service also issued safety advice leading up to the spectacular three-day event, which saw the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 liners come together on the Spring Bank Holiday.
People were urged to stay within the areas monitored by lifeguard teams and not to stray on to unprotected areas of the coastline.
Safety advice was also given to those who use the river and waterways along the Merseyside coastline.
The Marine Rescue Unit on the River Mersey during the Three Queens event. Photo by Tony Thomas.
Group Manager Kevin Longshaw, from our Service, said: "There are hazards people may not be aware of including mud, which can result in persons becoming trapped.
"Any crafts on the river should make sure they have adequate communications equipment on board to call for assistance in an emergency. Those on the river should take some kind of mobile communication that can be used on the water and in an emergency.
"Marine VHF radios are recommended but a waterproof mobile phone is also useful. Make sure they have plenty of battery life. Always wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid and keep your equipment well maintained. Broken engines, ripped sails, damaged paddles and not enough fuel can result in an enjoyable day being ruined."
Free sports sessions have been staged for young people as part of work to help make communities safer and healthier.
Staff at our Service have been working with Wirral Council Sports Development Unit to stage sport sessions for young people who are 10-years-old and older on Friday and Saturday evenings in Mersey Park, Tranmere, and in New Ferry Park, New Ferry, Wirral. Both sessions have been held in the
Multi Use Game Areas (MUGA) of the parks.
Sports on offer depended on demand but included football during the first few weeks of the project, which involved Rachel Renshaw, Community Fire Protection Arson Officer in the Wirral district.
In another project, free coached football sessions for young people have been held in Wirral with our Service staff working with partners to provide the weekly 90-minute session.
The football sessions are open to boys and girls who are 14-years-old and older. Five football coaches, who are all firefighters with our Service, are involved in the project and lead the sessions. Coaches from Liverpool FC Foundation will also be joining the firefighter football coaches throughout the programme which sees sessions held on a Thursday. The project, which started in May, is expected to run for 46 weeks.
The aims of the project are to provide activities that will help to reduce anti-social behaviour, highlight sport and fitness to help build healthier communities, promote teamwork and to provide other important community safety information.
The key partners involved in the project are Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police, Wirral Council, Magenta Living and the LFC Foundation.
Group Manager Paul Murphy in goal during one of the sports sessions. Photo by Chris Phillips.

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