Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens
Facilities and equipment
Stations 26
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 firefighting and rescue service 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 has since evolved into Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, to represent the fact that the Service conducts Rescues such as RTC's as well as Fire Fighting.

Merseyside fire & Rescue Service Headquarters is located on Bridle Road, Bootle

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

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is made up of 5 Area Commands as follows: Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, and St Helens. Within these areas are 22 wholetime Stations, and 2 Wholetime/Day Crewed Stations (30 Min readiness at night), providing Merseyside with 24hr fire cover. Also 1 Wholetime Rescue Boat located at the Pier Head on the River Mersey.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
M10 Kirkdale Wholetime/Cross Crewed 2x WrL, 3x PM*, PODS: DCU, EPU, BASU, ICCU, MTFU, BFU, LPPU, HLU, 1x TRU, 1x PM+MDD*, 1x DIM*, 1x IRU*
M11 Liverpool City Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CPL*
M12 Kensington Wholetime 1x WrL
M14 Speke and Garston Wholetime 1x WrL
M15/M61 Toxteth Wholetime 1x WrL, 2x CSU
M16 Old Swan Wholetime/Day Crewed 2x WrL
M17 Belle Vale Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*
M18 Aintree Wholetime 1x WrL
M19 Croxteth Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x SRP, 1x PM+SRU, 1x WRU, 1x PM+Hcft, 1x K9U, 3x PM+5x USAR Pods
M20 Birkenhead Wholetime 1x WrL
M21 Bromborough Wholetime 1x WrL
M22 Heswall Wholetime 1x WrL
M23 Upton Wholetime 1x WrL
M24 West Kirby Wholetime 1x WrL
M25 Wallasey Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CPL*
M30 Bootle and Netherton Wholetime 1x WrL
M31 Crosby Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x HRP*
M32 Formby Wholetime 1x WrL
M33 Southport Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x CPL*
M40 Huyton Wholetime 1x WrL
M42 Kirkby Wholetime 1x WrL
M50 St. Helens Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x CPL*
M51 Newton-Le-Willows Wholetime 1x WrL
M52 Eccleston Wholetime 1x WrL
M81 Marine Rescue Station Wholetime 1x IRB

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • HAZMAT Response Pump (HRP): H2
  • Combined Platform Ladder (CPL): A1
  • Prime Mover (PM) + High Volume Pumping Unit (HVPU): T8
  • Prime Mover (PM) + Double Hose Layer Unit (HVHL): T9
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C1/C2
  • The Rehab Unit (TRU): S2
  • Prime Mover (PM): T1/T2/T3


  • 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)

Search & Rescue Team:

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

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR):

  • 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
  • Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 - Shoring Operations

CBRN Response:

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

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