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Publication date:- 2017-11-11

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Hugh Baird College and South Sefton College to merge

ON 1 December 2017, following Sefton Council approval and support, South Sefton College will become part of Hugh Baird College. The decision is based on a strategy and shared desire to offer the very best post 16 education for those living in Sefton and the Liverpool City Region.

The move for Hugh Baird College to take ownership of South Sefton College helps to provide a broad curriculum offer for school leavers in the area and, importantly, safeguards the provision of high quality A-Level education for the South Sefton area. In addition, the new arrangement will ensure that all School leavers in South Sefton and the surrounding area can be guaranteed a place in a specialist centre, on a course that is suitable for them and their future career ambitions.

Both Colleges will keep their respective sites. However, South Sefton College will be renamed as Hugh Baird College's South Sefton Campus and it will be home to the College's dedicated Sixth Form Centre and will house its A-Level provision.

Yana Williams, Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive is clear that the move is a step forward for the Colleges and for post 16 education in the Liverpool City Region, and stated:- "We are delighted by this latest announcement and see it as a very positive strategic move that will ensure school leavers in the South Sefton area enjoy access to a broad, high quality post 16 offer. The coming together of the two organisations provides our local community and employers with a '1 stop shop' for post 16 provision and I am confident that we can build on the strengths of the 2 institutions. We are confident that this transition will build on both Colleges' successful foundations and we look forward to developing and improving the educational landscape in the region for the benefit of school leavers, businesses and the wider local community."

Merseyside firefighters called to over 50% fewer bonfire related incidents than in 2016

FIREFIGHTERS attended over 50% fewer emergency calls relating to bonfires across Merseyside on Bonfire Night, Sunday, 5 November 2017, than on the same date in 2016. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attended 17 bonfire related fires between 12.01am and 12pm on Sunday, November 5 2017 as opposed to 41, on 5 November 2016. Liverpool and Wirral had the highest number of bonfire related incidents, with fire crews attending 6 in each borough, with Sefton recording the next highest number with 3 incidents involving bonfires. Firefighters were called to 2 incidents involving bonfires in Knowsley, however no bonfire-related incidents were reported in St Helens.

Deliberately set fires (including those relating to bonfires) were also down across Merseyside, on 5 November 2017, from 81 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, marking a 25.9% reduction in call outs overall. Sefton saw the largest decrease, from 17 deliberately set fires in 2016 down to just 5 in 2017, with St Helens seeing the next largest reduction, from 13 down to 2. Altogether, firefighters were called to 60 deliberately set fires (including bonfire related fires) across Merseyside on Sunday, 5 November 2017, as opposed to 81 on the same night in 2016. Crews also attended 3 incidents related to fireworks (2 in Liverpool and 1 in Sefton), down from 4 incidents in 2016.

Station Manager Paul Kay, arson reduction co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said:-  "We are pleased that the vast majority of people across Merseyside enjoyed a safe Bonfire Night. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has been involved in extensive planning and partnership work with Merseyside Police, local Councils, Schools and businesses in the run up to Bonfire Night, issuing a wide range of safety messages to help reduce nuisance fires and help keep people safe. In recent weeks, our firefighters and prevention teams have been out in communities clearing away hazardous rubbish and fly tipping, which could have been used as fuel for fires, and promoting the safe storage of wheelie bins to help prevent them becoming targets for arson. Crews have also visited Primary and Secondary Schools across Merseyside to spread safety messages and give information about the law surrounding fireworks. It's very encouraging to see that the planning and partnership work we have carried out has had a positive effect this year. We are very thankful to our communities for taking on board all our safety messages and advice."

As we move in to winter, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service urges everyone to make sure they have at least 1 working smoke alarm in their home and to ensure it is tested regularly.  For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call:- 0800 731 5958.  Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over.

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