Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service-logo.png
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country  England
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan
Facilities and equipment
Stations 22
Rescues SRT/SRU
Official website

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.


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[2] received Royal Assent on 22 July 2004.[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 RTC's and is heavily involved in prevention work in communities.

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:

  • 16x Wholetime Stations
  • 4x (LLAR) Low Level Activity & Risk (Day Cover 10:00 – 22:00, Stand Down 22:00 – 10:00)
  • 3x Wholetime/Retained Stations (30 Min Resilience)
  • 1x Wholetime Marine Rescue Station
  • 1x Wholetime/Day Crewed Station (30 Min Resilience)
  • 1x Resilience Station (30 Min Resilience)

Which provides Merseyside with 24hr fire cover.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
M10 Kirkdale Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x HRP, 1x TRU, 1x DIM*, 1x IRU*, 4x PM*, pods: BASU, BFU, DCU, EPU, HLU, ICCU, LPPU, MDD, MTFU
M11 Liverpool City Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x CPL*
M12 Kensington Wholetime 2x RP
M14 Speke and Garston Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x PM*, pods: BFU, Hcft
M15/M61 Toxteth Wholetime 1x RP, 1x CSU
M16 Old Swan Wholetime 1x RP
M17 Belle Vale Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x PM* pods: HVP, HVHL
M18 Aintree Wholetime 1x RP
M19 Croxteth Wholetime 1x RP, 1x SRP, 1x PM+SRU, 1x WRU
M19 Urban Search & Rescue Wholetime/Retained 1x K9U, 3x PM, Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
M20 Birkenhead Wholetime 1x RP
M21 Bromborough Wholetime 1x RP
M22 Heswall LLAR 1x RP
M23 Upton Wholetime/Retained 2x RP
M25 Wallasey Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x CPL*
M30 Bootle and Netherton Wholetime 1x RP
M31/M61 Crosby Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x CSU*
M32 Formby LLAR 1x RP
M33 Southport Wholetime/Jump Manned* 2x RP, 1x CPL*
M40 Prescot Wholetime 1x RP
M42 Kirkby Wholetime 1x WrL
M50 St. Helens Wholetime/Retained/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x CPL*
M51 Newton-Le-Willows LLAR 1x RP
M52 Eccleston Wholetime 2x RP
M81 Marine Rescue Station Wholetime 1x IRB
M91 Croxteth/TDA Day Manned/Retained 1x WrL, 1x RP

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Rescue Pump (RP): P1 / P2
  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1
  • Combined Platform Ladder (CPL): A1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C1 / C2
  • The Rehab Unit (TRU): S2
  • Prime Mover (PM): T1 / T2 / T3 / T9


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

Search & Rescue Team[edit]

  • Search & Rescue Pump (SRP): R2
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU): R3
  • Prime Mover + Search & Rescue Unit (PM+SRU): T1
  • Prime Mover + Hovercraft (PM+Hcft): T2 / B3
  • Inshore Rescue Boat (IrbT): B1 / MF1

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)[edit]

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (K9U): R9
  • Prime Mover (PM): T7 / T8 / T9


  • Module 1 – Technical Search Equipment
  • Module 2 – Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting Equipment
  • Module 3 – Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 – Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 – Shoring Operations

Hazardous Materials Response[edit]

  • Hazmat Response Pump (HRP): H2
  • Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM): H8
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T9

See also[edit]


  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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