Firefighters praise swift
actions of neighbours who alerted emergency services to Toxteth fire
FIREFIGHTERS have praised the swift
actions of neighbours who called 999 to alert emergency services to a fire in a
flat below theirs.
Crews were called to a fire at a flat on Huskisson Street in Toxteth just before
6am, on Saturday, 6 August 2016.
They were able to rescue a 32 year old woman and 2 men, aged 30 and 34, who
were immediately taken to Hospital.
Their rapid response was due to the vigilance of neighbours from the flat above
who heard the fire alarm bleeping and called the fire service immediately.
As they made their way out of the building, the same neighbours tried to alert
the occupiers of the flat on fire but were overcome with smoke and instead
evacuated to safety.
Now, firefighters have praised their quick actions and said that had they not
acted so quickly the outcome could have been much more serious.
Watch Manager Lee Taylor, who attended the incident, said:- "The couple
from the flat above deserve a lot of praise as it is as a direct result of their
responsible and timely actions that we were able to rescue the people from the
flat below them. The property was fitted with a mains fire alarm system with a
smoke detector in the affected flat, which alerted the female occupier of the
flat above. She woke her boyfriend and they called the fire service. While
making their way out of the building they attempted to alert the occupiers of
both the ground-floor flat and the 2nd floor flat, but the smoke was too thick
so they evacuated to safety outside. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus
arrived and searched the flat before extinguishing the fire with high powered
hose reels. Crews rescued 2 men and 1 woman from the flat and all were given
oxygen until the ambulance arrived. The 3 people involved all suffered severe
smoke inhalation and the woman suffered burns. They were all taken to the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital for further checks. Firefighters also led a
66 year old woman from a second-floor flat to safety. She was checked at the
scene by paramedics but did not require further medical treatment. Initial
investigations indicate that the fire started accidentally in the bedroom on the
ground floor flat. This incident would have been a lot more serious had the
couple not called:- 999, when they did and we urge anyone who hears a
neighbour's smoke alarm bleeping to do the same thing and call the emergency
services immediately. Remaining vigilant, acting quickly and calling:- 999,
could mean the difference between life and death."
New cruise terminal plans
set to move forward
PLANS for a new cruise terminal in
Liverpool are set to move to the next stage. A report to the Cabinet, on Friday,
19 August 2016, will be asking for approval for further investigations, impact assessments
and surveys, and to start the procurement process for a technical team to advise
It could see the creation of a larger terminal able to handle turnaround cruises
with up to 3,600 passengers at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade in
Liverpool Waters. At this stage it is envisaged that a 2 storey building would be built on
reclaimed land on the River Mersey as well as the construction of a new quay
wall and changes on Princes Parade to allow coaches to drop off and pick up
The new facility, if completed, would include a new passenger and baggage
terminal, passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank, vehicle pick up
point and a car park.
It follows a doubling in the number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it
became a turnaround facility in 2012; up from 31 to 61.
Passenger numbers are up from 38,656 four years ago to almost 78,000 this year
plus 34,000 crew; generating an estimated £6.5 million for the local economy
through spending while on shore.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "I am determined that we find
solutions to continue the huge growth in cruise liners that we have seen over
the last few years. We know there is a lot of interest from cruise companies in
coming to Liverpool but what is holding us back at the moment is the limited
space we have in the existing facility. To deliver on our ambitions, we would
need to invest in a new terminal building which will bring bigger liners
carrying more passengers, meaning a bigger boost for the local economy. We have
various options of funding the scheme which we will be exploring, but the
figures speak for itself in terms of the jobs that are supported and created by
passengers and crew spending money while they are in the City."
Liverpool City Council is working closely with Peel, which owns the Princes
Jetty and Princes Parade, on the project.
Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said:- "The
growth of the cruise liner industry in Liverpool has been nothing short of
phenomenal and Peel has long been a supporter of the City's ambitions. We gifted
the site of the current facility in 2011 and we are delighted that it has proved
to be such a success in a very short space of time and we are happy to continue
to work with the Mayor and his team on these exciting plans."
Liverpool was named the UK's best port of call for two years running in 2013 and
2014 and scooped Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015.
Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and
Liverpool was one of just 2 English destinations they sailed in to.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for culture, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:-
"This is a City with an unrivalled maritime heritage and there is always a
buzz when a liner is in port or we hold events such as the Three Queens and
International Mersey River Festival. Our award winning cruise liner terminal
gives passengers and crew a fantastic welcome and a larger, permanent facility
would enable us to give them an even better experience."
The Cabinet will be asked to commit up to £950,000 on the next stage of the