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Everton’s Aaron Lennon swapped his playing kit for fire kit to urge people to stay safe this Bonfire Night.
The Blues winger took time out after training to visit Speke Community Fire Station to find out more about how firefighters and police officers would be working to keep Merseyside safe on Bonfire Night.
After donning fire kit, Lennon was given a tour of the station and shown the various rescue equipment on the fire engine while being told about the pressures that firefighters face when dealing with deliberate fires over the Bonfire period.
Lennon said: “Anybody who is going to put their life at risk to keep other people safe is a hero and
the work that firefighters do is
“Obviously they do a great job all year round but especially coming up to Bonfire Night we wanted to come down to the fire station and support the great job they do.”
Our Service advised residents to attend one of the many organised fireworks displays taking place across the region rather than building their own bonfire.
Watch Manager Ian Mullen, who is leading the bonfire strategy for our Service, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Aaron to the fire station, where he learned about the pressures faced by firefighters over the Bonfire period, if people set deliberate fires.”
Residents were urged to immediately report any fires in properties caused by fireworks leading up to Bonfire Night.
Our Service was called out to a number of house fires that were started deliberately by fireworks.
As a result residents were urged to call 999 in the event of a fire and to report fires caused by fireworks immediately.
Deliberate fires are investigated, however
if a call is made at a later stage about an incident, the evidence may have been removed or destroyed which can hamper a fire investigation. Residents were therefore encouraged to report incidents immediately.
Everton FC player Aaron Lennon in a fire appliance, supporting the bonfire campaign, pictured with Watch Manager Ian Mullen, of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Superintendent
Mark Wiggins, of Merseyside Police. Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Superintendent Julie Cooke of Merseyside Police said:
“It’s great that Aaron Lennon is supporting this year’s campaign and we want people to enjoy this fun time of year safely.
“Our message during this period is simple – anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing such offences will be dealt with firmly and robustly.
“It’s only a small minority of people who cause problems during this time but there are lots of organised events and activities going on across the region for people to enjoy.”
A quantity of fireworks were also seized from premises in Birkenhead and Liverpool as part of a joint operation between our Service and Merseyside Police over the bonfire period.
Fireworks were seized from premises in Grange Mount, Birkenhead, on Monday 26 October, after reports that they were being stored without a licence.
Officers also seized fireworks from premises in Smithdown Road in Edge Hill on October 28 after it was suspected fireworks were being stored at premises without a licence.

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