Fire cover in Sefton Borough – Searching questions from a Melling resident

Below is a letter which was emailed to prominent Sefton Councillors and the Sefton Central MP on 20th December regarding fire cover in parts of Sefton Borough. Clearly, this is a matter of local significance so it will be interesting to see what replies are received:-

‘Dear Councillors,

Are you aware that the fire station that covers Waterloo/Crosby/Litherland has two fire engines, both available with crews from 08-30hrs to 20-30hrs. At 20-30hrs the crews then go off shift and are then on a thirty minute recall to duty system. The station does give the impression that the staff are there 24hrs every day and the two fire engines are both available. The lights are on, but there is no one in. Surely it would be more beneficial to the residents of Crosby and Waterloo to have one fire engine fully staffed until 20-30hrs, and then the other covers 20-30hrs to 08-30hrs. Thus giving the residents of the areas mentioned a fully staffed fire engine cover. Better still, have both fire engines available 24hrs for immediate response. There is an Integrated Risk Management Plan that has been issued by the fire service. Unfortunately, this is only what they hope for and not what actually happens in reality. This Integrated Management Plan must not only be monitored by the Fire Service to check standards are being met, but by all other public bodies that represent their residents. The questions to be asked of the Fire Authority are listed below. I look forward to your responses to this very important matter of safety for residents. And more importantly, what response is received by yourselves from the Fire service.

Questions

> A. Can you please confirm that the fire cover levels as set out in the IRMP have been complied with, in that fire cover levels have never fallen below what is required within your IRMP.
> **IRMP = Integrated Risk Management Plan**

> B. Can you confirm that the DCWTR duty shift system is a lawful duty shift system that complies with the law and the Working Time Regulations.
> **DCWTR = Day Crewing Wholetime Retained.**

> C. Can you confirm that LLAR system is a lawful duty shift system that complies with the law and the Working Time Regulations.
> **LLAR = Low Level Activity Risk**

I thank you for your time, and I look forward to your earliest reply please. Thank you.’

With thanks to Cliff Mainey and Mal for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Barn fire off Park Lane

A large wooden barn behind a bungalow off Maghull’s Park Lane was well alight around 4.30pm today.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue were in attendance but I think they were having difficulty with the neatest fire hydrant and were having to run their hoses to one some distance away

I first saw the thick black smoke whilst cycling a couple of miles away in Aughton and realised that the fire must be in Maghull. The smell of burning in Millbank Lane was strong indeed.

Hope all are OK.

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Melling – Canal Culvert Collapse

Ongoing developing incident in Melling regarding a Leeds Liverpool Canal breach

www.merseyfire.gov.uk/aspx/pages/Incidents/IncidentDetail.aspx?id=8674

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have the details on their web page – see link above

I’ve seen some video footage of water flooding surrounding fields on the Aintree Village Community Page of Facebook.

Bootle – Another (if temporary) source of air pollution for residents to put up with

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/bootle-residents-vent-fury-after-12739619

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Air pollution is probably one of the biggest health issues that we face these days and Bootle seems to have more than its fair share.

Scotch Piper Fire – The day after

I went to have a look at the pub this morning and the photos below say it all really.

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I got into a conversation with chap and it turned out he was the new licensee/landlord. He was full of praise for Merseyside Fire Brigade (who were there until 11.30pm last night) and said it looked like the fire had started in a similar way to the previous one a few weeks ago i.e. chimney related.

The inside/structure is OK but there is considerable water damage if I understood correctly.

I wished him all the best and hope the pub management company will get him up and running again soon.

Stop Press:- The Carols and Bells event (which had been down to be at the Scotch Piper) to raise funds for St, Catherine’s Chapel AKA Lydiate Abbey has been moved to the Running Horses Pub in Bells Lane, Lydiate at 7.30 tonight.