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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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 Fire and Rescue Authority responsible for all 999 fire brigade calls in Sefton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Liverpool and Wirral.


  • History 1
  • Fire Stations/Appliances 2
  • Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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 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

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/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x PM+Hcft*
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/M91 Croxteth Wholetime/Day Crewed 3x WrL, 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 WrL
M21 Bromborough Wholetime 1x WrL
M22 Heswall Wholetime 1x WrL
M23 Upton Wholetime/Retained 2x 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
M41 Whiston 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

  • 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

See also


  1. ^ "Local Government Act 1985". Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004". Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  3. ^ "The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 – Chapter 21". Retrieved 2015-09-04. 

External links

  • Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Official website
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