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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has collated important data on the location of defibrillators across the county to help ambulance staff give life-saving advice to 999 callers.
A project initiated by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has seen 2,500 businesses across Merseyside contacted by MFRS staff about whether they have defibrillators on their premises, and whether these could be made available to paramedics for public use.
Information gathered and fed back to North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has helped ambulance Control staff signpost callers to the nearest defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Station Manager Alan Fletcher, who was tasked with the challenge of setting up a system to contact businesses, says the locations of over 250 publicly available defibrillators have now been added to the NWAS database as a result of the project.
“I was asked to set up a system for contacting businesses on our Site Specific Risk Inspection (SSRI) database to ask them whether they had a defibrillator, whether it could be made available
to the public and whether or not we could share that information with NWAS.
“The SSRI database consists of 5,452 businesses across Merseyside and we received over 650 responses
from those we contacted. From all the responses, we found that 332 premises had defibrillators of which 254 declared they could be made available to NWAS in the event of an emergency.
“The location of these units was passed to NWAS, as well as the contact details of a further 413 businesses who said they would like more information about defibrillators.
“For the next stage of the project, we plan to distribute letters to local businesses during SSRI inspections letting them know about the NWAS Cardiac Smart website, where they can register their defibrillator for public use.
“We have built a great relationship with NWAS throughout this project and it has been a great example of partners working together to effect a really positive result.”
To find out more information about Cardiac Smart visit
Army gives thanks for spill response training session
The training session, one of many held for troops by the British Army each year, involved the simulated leak of fluid from a vehicle and gave both Firefighters and troops the chance to test their response to a spillage.
Station Manager Alan Fletcher also gave a presentation to the troops on techniques and equipment used by MFRS to control and contain a spill.
Captain Dave Law of 156 Regiment said: “The MFRS team was very professional and the attendance of an appliance, and the contamination response vehicle, made the session much more interesting.
“The troops enjoyed listening to the information and stories of incidents attended. The MFRS team made the whole process of spill response understandable.
“We were very grateful to everyone involved and hope to partake in future collaborations.”
Firefighters took part in a joint spill response training session with a regiment of the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps.
Red Watch Kirkdale, together with the Hazmat team and an appliance from Speke Community Fire Station, gave a practical demonstration of MFRS environment protection equipment to 156 Regiment at an exercise held at the Army Reserve Centre in Mather Avenue, Liverpool.
Station Manager Sean McGuinness said: “The session was well received and both military and fire service personnel benefitted greatly from
the joint training opportunity.”
The training session involved a simulated leak of fluid from a vehicle.
The exercise was carried out with 156 Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps.
Firefighters and troops got chance to test their response to a spillage.

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