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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service-logo.png
Operational area
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerPhil Garrigan
Facilities and equipment
RescuesSRP, SRU
USAR3 PM, 5 Pods
Rescue boats2
Light and air1 Pod
Website Edit this at Wikidata

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the county of Merseyside in north-west England and is the statutory Fire and Rescue Authority responsible for all 999 fire brigade calls in Sefton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Liverpool and Wirral.

Rescue pumper
Rescue pumper
Aerial appliance
Aerial appliance


In 1974, the merger of the following borough Fire Brigades: City of Liverpool, Birkenhead, Bootle, Southport, St Helens, and Wallasey. As well as parts of Lancashire County Fire Brigade and Cheshire County Fire Brigade to create Merseyside Fire Brigade.

Merseyside Fire Brigade became Merseyside Fire and Civil Defence Authority on 1 April 1986, as established by the Local Government Act 1985.[1]

In an effort to modernise the Fire service the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 received Royal Assent on 22 July 2004.[2][3] This legislation changed the name to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority. The change of name also reflects the fact that the service, in addition to fighting fire, conducts rescues such as road traffic collisions and is heavily involved in prevention work in communities.

Although most of their fire engines have sirens fitted, Merseyside Fire & Rescue is notable for being the only fire service in England to primarily adopt the use of two tone horns on their way to incidents

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority Headquarters is located on Bridle Road, Bootle

Since 2013 the MACC relocated from Derby Road, Kirkdale to a purpose built joint control centre with Merseyside Police which is also located at the Bridle Road site.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority is made up of 5 Area Commands as follows: Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, and St Helens. Within these areas are:

  • 14 Wholetime stations
  • Four (LLAR) Low Level Activity & Risk (Day cover 10:00–22:00, stand down 22:00–10:00)
  • One Wholetime Marine Rescue Station
  • Two Wholetime/Day Crewed Station (30 Minutes Resilience)
  • One Resilience Station (30 Minutes Resilience)

Which provides Merseyside with 24hr fire cover.

See also


  1. ^ "Local Government Act 1985". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ "The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 – Chapter 21". Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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This page was last edited on 5 May 2021, at 06:41
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