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Rocky Rescued
Firefighters rescued a dog after they were called to a house fire.
An appliance from Kirkdale Community Fire Station and one from Croxteth Community Fire Station were called to the fire at the property in Kirkdale on a Thursday afternoon.
Red Watch firefighters Mick Wilson and Siobhan Winter, who were wearing breathing apparatus, entered the property with a hose reel jet to find a settee well alight in the rear room on the ground floor of the property.
En route to the incident, firefighters received a report that there may be a dog within the property.
The dog was found unconscious in the same room as the fire and Firefighter Winter dragged him to safety whilst Firefighter Wilson suppressed the fire.
Once the dog was outside the property, the dog was given oxygen and care by senior Firefighter Paul Murphy assisted by the crew from Croxteth.
A short while later, the dog began to show signs of recovery and was soon able to stand and walk around. Firefighters at the scene were told by the local community that the dog’s name was Rocky.
Rocky was placed in the care of the RSPCA for further treatment.
Watch Manager Bob Tyrer, who attended the call-out with the firefighters from Red Watch at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, said: “The crew performed an excellent job in the rescue and resuscitation of Rocky and hopefully he will go on to have a happy life with a new owner.”
The call-out to the house fire was on July 16.
Bikers Get Revved Up
This photo shows, from left to right, RoSPA Instructors Ivan Guy, Phil Johnson and Kev Rigby along with Watch Manager Jason Hannah, Station Manager Phil Byrne and Watch Manager Colin Golden. Photo supplied by Phil Byrne.
Watch Managers at our Service staged a motorcycle road safety day in St Helens which attracted sports bike riders from across the county.
The event was organised by Watch Manager Jason Hannah and Watch Manager Colin Golden and supported by the Service HQ Road Safety Team. It was the first of its kind and ran from 9am to 4pm on a Saturday.
Throughout the day there was demonstrations on correct motorcycle Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), correct suspension set up advice, assessed motorcycle rides by RoSPA and specialist advice from bike safe instructors and fire and rescue service personnel.
Station Manager Phil Byrne, who also attended the event, said: “Jason originally asked to host a bike safety day at Eccleston Community Fire Station but due to the interest shown by bikers we had to look for a more suitable venue. Millennium Motorcycles kindly opened its doors for the day to the fire service.
“Jason, who is a keen motorcyclist himself, spent weeks handing out flyers for the event at biker meetings at Aintree Racecourse, The Scotch Piper Lydiate and the Carousel in Southport.
“According to Government statistics, every day in the UK 30 motorcyclist are either killed or injured on our roads.
“Jason and Colin were overwhelmed by the response from riders on the lead up to and during the event and hope to continue these events moving forward.”
The event was held on July 18.
Firefighter Siobhan Winter with Rocky. Photo supplied by Watch Manager Bob Tyrer.

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