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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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Vintage fire engine to help carry baton from Southport to Pier Head in Liverpool over May Bank Holiday

LOCAL Firefighters from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will be helping to launch the #OurBlueLight Mental Health Relay to raise awareness of how mental health issues affect emergency service staff.

Taking place from Saturday, 29 April 2017 to Friday, 22 September 2017, the relay will see staff from emergency services across the UK, including:- Fire and Rescue, Police, Ambulance, Prison Services and the NHS, carry a baton across the North West of England.

The baton will travel to different Cities throughout its journey and each weekend local Emergency Services will hand it to another Emergency Service Team for it to be taken to its next location.

On Saturday, 29 April 2017, the relay will launch on Blackpool Promenade, at 10.30am, when the baton will be taken to Southport Community Fire Station, on Manchester Road, by crew from Southport Lifeboat. It will then remain at the Fire Station overnight.

On Sunday, 30 April 2017, at 10.30am, the baton will be placed in a Vintage Ambulance and travel in convoy with 3 Fire Engines and vehicles from HM Coastguard Southport, along Lord Street, Southport, through Ainsdale, Formby, Ince Blundell, Thornton and Netherton, before arriving at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, on Bridle Road, Bootle.

Following a short break, the baton will then be placed in a vintage Dennis F8 Fire Engine and the convoy will travel through Kirkdale, Vauxhall and Wapping in Liverpool before arriving at the Pier Head for around 1.30pm.

At the Pier Head, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan will hand the baton over to Merseyside Police, at around 1.45pm, after which a procession of Emergency Service staff will carry it to Merseyside Police Headquarters in to Canning Place, at around 3pm.

The baton will then remain at Merseyside Police HQ until Sunday, 7 May 2017 when it will be carried by Police to Cheshire Police Headquarters, in Winsford.

For more information about the #OurBlueLight Mental Health Relay please visit:-

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