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Andrew tries out one of the Vintage
Fire Engines at the MFRS Heritage and Education Centre
A 10-year-old autistic boy who is on a mission to visit every fire station in the country to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity travelled to Merseyside to tour each of the county’s stations.
Andrew Dane, from Portsmouth in Hampshire, began his journey in February 2015 and has since visited almost a thousand stations including every station in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, East and West Sussex, Royal Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, Cheshire, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria and County Durham.
Andrew was able to visit all of 25 MFRS stations in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens.
His trip included a tour of MFRS’s Marine Rescue Unit and meetings with MFRS Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens and Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Phill Garrigan.
Andrew was also given demonstrations by MFRS’s Search and Rescue Team, Marine Rescue Team and Urban Search and Rescue Dog Team.
As well as raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, Andrew will also raise awareness about autism as part of his adventure.
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Fantastic visit
from ‘Can Do’
disability group
Firefighters honoured a request from the ‘Can Do’ Leonard Cheshire Disability Group to carry out a fire safety talk.
The group, which included young people with learning difficulties, enthusiastically engaged with the talk and asked lots of questions.
A further visit to Bootle & Netherton Community Fire Station was arranged and, as well as getting a tour of the station, the group also got to meet members of the Mounted Section of Merseyside Police who were deployed to the station that evening.
The group enjoyed meeting the horses, Major and Phoebe, and grew confident around them despite being nervous at first.
Firefighters discussed various types of rescue with the group and they were given the opportunity to try out hoses and sit in an appliance.
A hero paperboy whose quick thinking helped saved the life of an elderly resident was commended for his hero actions by DCFO Phil Garrigan.
William Roughley, 13, was delivering papers to an address on Stonehey Road in Kirkby when he heard the smoke alarm going off.
He alerted his mum Marie, who was in the car accompanying him on his paper round, and together they gained entry to the property to find the 91-year-old female occupier asleep on the couch. She had left a pan of stew on the cooker unattended which had burned and was giving off smoke.
Marie managed to turn the cooker off and ventilate the property while William went next door to ask neighbours if they knew the woman’s family.
They tracked down the woman’s family who quickly travelled straight to the house to look after their elderly relative. Thankfully, she was unharmed.
As a result of William’s actions, MFRS Firefighters visited William’s school, Kirkby High School, to give a talk about fire safety.
William, his mum and his sister were also invited to SHQ where they were given a tour of the Heritage and Education Centre, fire appliances and the JCC. DCFO Phil Garrigan also presented William with a ‘Recognition of Meritorious Action’ certificate.
William said: “I was just doing what anyone would have done. I knew the elderly lady lived at the house and I was worried when I heard the smoke alarm.
“I went to get mum and we were able to get in and get the pan off the cooker and tell her family. I’m glad she was ok.”
Proud mum Marie said: “William was acting on instinct and doesn’t think his actions were especially heroic, but I am very proud of him.
“If he hadn’t raised the alarm when he did I dread to think what could have happened.”
DCFO Garrigan said: “William showed bravery and courage and his swift actions meant a potentially tragic outcome was averted.
“It was a pleasure to meet him and thank him for showing such great community spirit.”
William is presented with his certificate by DCFO Phil Garrigan
Crews rescued a 14-year-old girl stuck 25-feet up a tree in Upton. She was brought to safety using ladders, unharmed.

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