Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS)
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS)
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 25
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer Anthony McGuirk
Deputy Chief Fire Officer {{{DCFO}}}
Website Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Fire authority Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
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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 it's 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 26 community fire stations which house 42 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 Exectutive who form the Senior Management Group (SMG).

The SMG in turn is supported by several Directors and Heads of Service.

* Janet Henshaw - Director of Legal Services
* Nick Mernock - Director of Human Resources
* Deborah Appleton - Director of Strategic Planning
* Peter Rushton - Director of Corporate Communication
* Ian Cummins - Head of Finance
* Edward Franklin - Head of Technology
* Phillip Webster - Head of Assets
* John Curtis - Head of Knowledge and Information Management

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.

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