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Chief helps Huyton schoolchildren celebrate World Book Day
Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens visited a primary school in Huyton to read to schoolchildren for World Book Day.
CFO Stephens visited St Columbas Roman Catholic Primary School in Huyton where he took part in a special assembly and read to around 30 children from reception class.
Pupils dressed as an array of their favourite literary characters including Harry Potter, Where’s Wally, the Gruffalo and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and brought in some of their favourite books for CFO Stephens to read.
The four and five-year-olds sat cross-legged as CFO Stephens donned a shawl and woolly hat to read them a tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
He then treated them to a second story, a telling of ‘Alice In Wonderland’.
Firefighters took part in an operational exercise at a disused high rise block of flats in Egremont, Wirral, to test new procedures, equipment and rescue techniques.
Crews from Liverpool City, Birkenhead, Kirkdale and Toxteth Community Fire Stations were involved in the exercise, which took place at Charter House on Church Street.
The operation saw crews wearing breathing apparatus battle a fire on the fifth floor of the flat and rescue two ‘casualties’ in the form of dummies, which Firefighters pulled to safety.
CFO Stephens visited the school together with Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden from Merseyside Police as part of World Book Day, an international celebration of reading.
They were presented with special trophies by the children
to say thank you for their visit and commemorate their roles as reading ambassadors in the community.
CFO Stephens said: “It was an absolute pleasure to visit
St Columbas School today and help them celebrate World Book Day.
“The children and staff all looked fantastic and they seemed to really enjoy dressing up as their favourite characters.
“It was so heartening to see how much they enjoy reading and I was delighted to read some of their favourite books to them as part of such a special day.”
Firefighters were given the chance to practice new rescue techniques and firefighting procedures during the operation, which lasted around two hours.
Watch Manager Steve Gadsdon, who attended the exercise, said:
“It’s really important for us to carry out exercises like this to test new and existing procedures, techniques and equipment in a realistic scenario.”
“Operations like this are vital to make sure we are primed, ready and practised to help communities should similar incidents occur in real life.
“We run them on a regular basis and consider them an essential part of our ongoing training.”

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