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Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phill Garrigan, Occupational Health Officer Kelly Patterson and Station Manager Mark Thomas attended the awards
MFRA was recognised for its positive work in mental health and well-being at an acclaimed national awards ceremony.
The Service achieved ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of ‘Mental Health, the Emergency Services and the Criminal Justice System’ at the National Positive Practice Mental Health Awards.
A multi-agency group of 75 organisations including NHS trusts, police forces, third-sector providers, charities and service-user groups, the Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative brings stakeholders together to raise the profile of mental health with politicians and policy-makers.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority was shortlisted from 80 entrants in its category and recognized by the judges, a team of health leaders, for its mental health and well-being support programmes.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Phill Garrigan, who attended the ceremony, said: “Being highly praised for our work by health professionals is a significant achievement. It’s not the first time our passion, commitment and determination to protect our staff and communities has stood out.
“Special thanks must go to our occupational health team, our critical incident debriefers and diffusers, our representative bodies and our staff, all of whom have helped us develop leading practices.
“I would also like to thank Kelly Patterson for her enthusiasm and drive in the field of mental well-being. Her contribution to the achievement of this award has been outstanding.”
Judge Claire Andre, clinical police liaison lead at Northumberland Tyne & Wear Foundation NHS Trust, said:
“The work being undertaken by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to support the mental health of the their employees and community is nothing short of outstanding, which is why they were selected as one of the final three in their group from so many nominations.
“I had the privilege to meet some of the team on the awards evening and was overwhelmed to hear how positive and enthusiastic they were about this work.
“Theirs is fantastic initiative from a forward-thinking organisation. I look forward to continuing to work with MFRA to share its positive practice.”
Pledging support for armed forces community
Our Service has been bestowed a bronze award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for pledging its commitment to defence and the armed forces community.
The scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
It encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces.
Soon after registering with the Scheme, MFRA achieved the bronze award thanks to its commitment to support defence personnel and their families.
Plans are now in place to achieve a silver award, which requires an agreement to being armed forces friendly, and ultimately a gold award which is given to organisations that proactively advocate and support defence.
If all three awards are achieved MFRA will be required to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a pledge by national organisations to ensure that those who serve, or who have served, in the armed forces (and their families) are treated fairly.
Group Manager Gary Oakford said: “As a Service we were delighted to have received the Bronze Award following our application. We now have ambitions to apply for the Silver Award next year.
“Following a recent survey we learned that over 70 staff have
served either full time or as a reservist with the Armed Forces, and, in some cases, both.
“Members of our staff have served in all four branches of the military (Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and Army) and, more significantly, carried out active service in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Many others have supported the United Nations in the Balkans, Kosovo and Cyprus.
“The city of Liverpool will be hosting Armed Forces week in June 2017 and we hope to support a number of military and civic events then.”
For more information about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme visit employer-recognition-scheme/defence-employer- recognition-scheme#about-the-scheme
To learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit
MFRA has been handed a bronze award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
Firefighters released a stuck budgie after it pecked a hole in a wall at a Walton home and became trapped.

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