Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS)
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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) area
Area Merseyside
Size 645 km2 (249 sq mi)
Population 1,400,000
Formed 1974
HQ Bootle, Liverpool
Stations 26
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer

Dan Stephens

DCFO Phil Garrigan
Fire authority Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
Website Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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 firefighting and rescue service responsible for all 999 fire brigade calls in Sefton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Liverpool and Wirral.


The fire service itself was created in 1974 when the county of Merseyside was established. It was originally administered by the Merseyside County Council. However when this was abolished in 1986, its administration was taken over by the 'Merseyside Fire and Civil Defence Authority' a joint-board of the five Merseyside boroughs.

In February 2002 the Fire Service moved from its old headquarters site of Hatton Garden, Liverpool to its current headquarters situated at Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside. The move allowed the Fire Service to centralised several functions that had been previously spread across several administrative sites on Merseyside into a single building.


The authority covers an area of 653 square kilometres and population of 1.469 million (2009) and employs approximately 1,200 employees at a number of administrative centres and at 27 community fire stations which house 29 pumping appliances, four Combined Platform Ladders, one Combined Pump Platform and a number of specialist support vehicles. It is managed by three senior officers: Dan Stephens - Chief Fire Officer, Phillip Garrigan - Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and Kieran Timmins - Deputy Chief Executive who form the Senior Management Group (SMG).

The SMG in turn is supported by several Directors and Area Managers.

  • Janet Henshaw - Director of Legal Services
  • Nick Mernock - Director of Human Resources
  • Deborah Appleton - Director of Strategy and Performance
  • Peter Rushton - Director of Corporate Communication
  • Dave Mottram - Area Manager (Operational Response)
  • Myles Platt - Area Manager (Prevention and Protection)
  • Nick Searle - Area Manager (Operational Preparedness)

The primary function of MACC (Mobilising and Communications Centre) is to accept and process emergency calls for the area of Merseyside. The control room is situated in Derby Road, Kirkdale. The control room is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. There are four watches: red, white, blue and green, and each is made up of both male and female staff, including:

  • 8 fire control operators
  • 2 leading fire control operators
  • 1 senior fire control operator
  • 1 fire control officer

The calls are received in a variety of ways that include 999, mobile telephone, and other emergency services.

Fire Stations[edit]

Below is a list of all 27 MFRS fire stations.[1]


Current Station Callsign Former Station Callsign Station Name Station Address Appliances
10 C1 Kirkdale Studholme Street, Kirkdale 2x WrL, 1x DIM, 1x IRU, 3x PM For PODS: DCU, EPU, BASU, ICCU, MTFU, 3x BFU, LPPU, 2x HLU, 1x PM+MDD
11 C2 Liverpool City St. Anne Street, Liverpool 1x WrL, 1x CPL
12 C4 Kensington Beech Street, Liverpool 1x WrL, 1x CSU
13 S1 Allerton Mather Avenue, Allerton 1x WrL
14 S5 Speke and Garston Cartwrights Farm Road, Speke 1x WrL
15 S6 Toxteth 95 Windsor Street, Toxteth 1x WrL
16 S8 Old Swan 628 Queens Drive, Old Swan 1x WrL
17 S9 Belle Vale Childwall Valley Road, Belle Vale 1x WrL
18 N2 Aintree Longmoor Lane, Aintree 1x WrL
19 N3 Croxteth Storrington Avenue, Croxteth 1x WrL 1x SRT/RP, 1x PM+SRU, 1x WRU, 1x PM+Hcft, 1x GPV+Jet Skis, 3x PM for 5x USAR Pods, 1x Canine Unit
81 Marine Fire 1 Marine Rescue Station Pier Head, Liverpool 1x IRB


Current Station Callsign Former Station Callsign Station Name Station Address Appliances
20 W1 Birkenhead Exmouth Street, Birkenhead 1x WrL, 1x CPL
21 W2 Bromborough Dock Road South, Bebington 1x WrL
22 W3 Heswall Telegraph Road, Heswall 1x WrL
23 W4 Upton Arrowe Park Road, Upton 1x WrL
24 W5 West Kirby The Concourse, Grange Road, West Kirby 1x WrL, 1x PM+HVP
25 W6 Wallasey Mill Lane, Wallasey 1x WrL


Current Station Callsign Former Station Callsign Station Name Station Address Appliances
30 N1 Bootle and Netherton Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton 1x WrL
31 N4 Crosby Crosby Road North, Waterloo 1x WrL
32 N6 Formby Church Road, Formby 1x WrL
33 N7 Southport Manchester Road, Southport 2x WrL, 1x CPL


Current Station Callsign Former Station Callsign Station Name Station Address Appliances
40 E3 Huyton Huyton Lane, Huyton 1x WrL
42 E6 Kirkby Webster Drive, Kirkby 1x WrL
41 E4 Whiston Fire Station Road, Whiston 1x WrL

St. Helens[edit]

Current Station Callsign Former Station Callsign Station Name Station Address Appliances
50 E1 St. Helens Parr Stocks Road, St. Helens 1x WrL, 1x CPL
51 E2 Newton-Le-Willows Borron Road, Newton-Le-Willows 1x WrL
52 E5 Eccleston Millfields, St. Helens 1x WrL

Fire Appliance Abbreviations[edit]

  • Pump (WrL)
  • Search and Rescue Pump (SRT/RP)
  • Search and Rescue Unit (SRU)
  • Combined Platform Ladder (CPL)
  • High Volume Pumping Unit (HVP)
  • Command Support Unit (CSU)
  • Prime Mover (PM)


  • Damage Control Unit (DCU)
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU)
  • Incident Command and Control Unit (ICCU)
  • Marine and Tunnel Firefighting Unit (MTFU)
  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU)
  • Light Portable Pump Unit (LPPU)
  • Hose Layer Unit (HLU)

CBRN Response:

  • Incident Response Unit (IRU)
  • Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM)
  • Mass Decontamination Disrobe (MDD)

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR):

  • Prime Mover (PM) with Pods
  • Canine Unit
  • International Search and Rescue Team Unit

Marine Rescue Unit:

  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU)
  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV)
  • Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB)
  • Hovercraft (Hcft)
  • Jet skis

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