Lancashire County Fire Brigade

Ford Water Tender Ladder, Kirkby.
Ford Water Tender Ladder, Kirkby.
Established under the 1947 Act Lancashire County Fire Brigade commenced its duties on 1st April 1948l it was one of the largest brigade’s in the UK and covered a host of high risk areas including the Trafford Park Industrial Estate.


Ford Water Tender Ladder, Kirkby.
Ford Water Tender Ladder, Kirkby.
With no less than 63 stations divided into 12 Districts, its huge area ranged the Furness District in the north to the outskirts of industrial Manchester and from the Fylde to the foothills of the Pennines.

In April 1974 7 stations passed to the new Merseyside County FB being Crosby, Formby, Huyton, Kirkby, Newton-le-Willows, Rainford, and Whiston.

About Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre


Merseyside has a 180-year proud tradition of firefighting and has often been at the forefront of innovation and new technology during that time.

The service has memorabilia, machines and equipment from generations of firefighting and one of the largest photographic archives of any UK fire and rescue service including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures. Why not visit our Heritage and Education Centre.

more about the Heritage Centre

Opening Times

The Heritage Centre is open to the Public Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 15.00.

It is essential that visits are pre-booked, preferably by telephone or email.

Tel: 0151 296 4714 / 4640


For reception staff if members of the public arrive at reception to visit the Heritage Centre without pre-booking please phone the centre to check staff are available.

The Heritage and Education centre is located at; Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 4YD