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

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service-logo.png
Operational area
CountryUnited Kingdom
Country England
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerPhil Garrigan
Facilities and equipment
RescuesSRP, SRU
USAR3 PM, 5 Pods
Rescue boats2
Light and air1 Pod
Official website


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:

  • 14x Wholetime Stations
  • 4x (LLAR) Low Level Activity & Risk (Day Cover 10:00 – 22:00, Stand Down 22:00 – 10:00)
  • 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/AppliancesEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
M10 Kirkdale Wholetime 1x RP, 1x CPL, 1x Rehab, 4x PM, pods: 1× AP-BASU, 1x BFU, 1x DCU, 1x HMEPU, 1x HLU, 1x ICU, 1x LPPU, 1x MDD, 1x MTFU, 1x WelfU
M11 Liverpool City Wholetime/Day Crewed/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x RP, 1x DIM
M12 Kensington Day Manned 1x RP
M14 Speke and Garston Wholetime 1x RP, pods: 1x AP-BFU
M15 Toxteth Wholetime 1x RP
M16 Old Swan Wholetime 1x RP
M17 Belle Vale LLAR/Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x HVPSU*,1x PM+HVP*, 1PM×HLRU*
M18 Aintree Day Manned 1x RP
M19 Croxteth Wholetime 1x RP, 1x SRP, 1x PM+SRU, 1x PM+Hcft
M19 Urban Search & Rescue Wholetime/Retained 1x K9U, 3x PM, Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
M20 Birkenhead Wholetime/Jump Manned* 1x RP
M21 Bromborough Wholetime 1x RP
M22 Heswall LLAR 1x RP 1× L4P
M25 Wallasey Wholetime/Day Crewed/ Retained* 1x WrL, 2x RP
M26 Saughall Massey Wholetime 1x RP
M30 Bootle and Netherton Wholetime 1x RP
M31 Crosby Day Crewed/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL
M32 Formby LLAR 1x RP, 1× L4P
M33 Southport Wholetime/Jump Manned* 2x WrL, 1x CPL*
M42 Kirkby Wholetime 1x WrL
M43 Prescot Wholetime 1x RP
M50 St. Helens Wholetime / Jump Manned* 1x RP, 1x CPL*
M51 Newton-Le-Willows LLAR 1x RP
M52 Eccleston Day Manned 1x RP
M81 Marine Rescue Station Wholetime 2x IRB

Fire Appliance Glossary/CallsignsEdit

  • Rescue Pump (RP): M10P1, M11P2, M12P1, M14P1, M15P1, M16P1, M17P1, M18P1, M19P1, M20P1, M21P1, M22P1, M25P2, M26P1, M30P1, M31P1, M32P1, M43P1, M50P1, M51P1, M52P1
  • Water Ladder (WrL): M11P1, M11P3, M25P1, M31P2, M33P1, M33P2, M42P1
  • Light 4x4 Pump (L4P): M22L1, M32L1
  • Combined Platform Ladder (CPL): M10A1, M25A1, M33A1, M50A1
  • The Rehab Unit (TRU): M10S2
  • Prime Mover (PM): M10T1, M10T2, M10T3


  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU): MN801
  • AP - Bulk Foam Unit (AP-BFU):

MN811, MN812

  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU): MN815
  • Damage Control Unit (DCU): MN821
  • Hazardous Materials & Environmental Protection Unit (HMEPU): MN501
  • Hose Layer Unit (HLU): MN903
  • Incident Command and Control Unit (ICCU): MN301
  • Light Portable Pump Unit (LPPU): MN601
  • Marine and Tunnel Firefighting Unit (MTFU): MN851
  • Welfare Unit (WelfU): MN832

Search & Rescue TeamEdit

  • Search & Rescue Pump (SRP): M19R2
  • Search & Rescue Unit (PM+SRU): M19T1 / MN701
  • Prime Mover + Hovercraft (PM+Hcft): M19B3

Marine Rescue UnitEdit

  • Inshore Rescue Boat (IrbT): M81B1 & M81B2

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)Edit

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (K9U): M19R9
  • Prime Mover (PM): M19T7, M19T8, M19T9


  • Module 1 – Technical Search Equipment: MN791
  • Module 2 – Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting Equipment: MN782
  • Module 3 – Breaching & Breaking Equipment: MN773
  • Module 4 – Multi Purpose Vehicle: MN764
  • Module 5 – Shoring Operations: MN755

New DimensionsEdit

  • Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM): M11H8
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): M10T9 / MN591
  • High Volume Pump Support Unit (HVPSU): M17S9
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): M17T8 / MN991
  • Prime Mover + Hose Layer Retrieval Unit (PM+HLRU): M17T9 / MN981

See alsoEdit


  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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