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Publication date:- 2017-23-12

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Merseyside's newest firefighters save Santa

17 firefighters graduated from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's Training and Development Academy, on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. The Service's latest trainee firefighters celebrated their passing out with family, friends and colleagues. Following 18 weeks of rigorous and challenging training, the firefighters in development were proud to receive their Certificates of Achievement from Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens. The ceremony, held at the Croxteth based academy, saw the new recruits carry out skills demonstrations; which included firefighting and vehicle extractions, as well as the seasonal highlight… rescuing Father Christmas, who was 'stuck' on the roof of the Fire House. The service's Fire Choir treated guests to a set of festive Christmas favourites before the new firefighters addressed attendees, providing an overview of the course's most challenging and rewarding elements. CFO Stephens congratulated the recruits and commended each 1 for their success. Later, a very grateful Father Christmas was on hand to give gifts to the guests' children.

CFO Stephens said:- "I am delighted that our 17 newest recruits have made it through the rigorous training course to become operational firefighters for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. They have all shown diligence during their training; along with a strong team spirit which is essential for protecting our communities and their colleagues. I would like to personally congratulate each of the recruits for their hard work. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them and I wish them a long, happy career with the service."

After firstly passing a tough selection process, the firefighters started the course earlier in 2017, with training including fire and water rescue, rescue from high rise buildings, as well as tunnel and airport scenarios. Training was also received in skills such as engaging with the community and promoting fire safety awareness.

LJLA plane pull ropes in ₤2,500 for Alder Hey

COLLEAGUES at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) , on 19 December 2017, joined by employees from a number of local companies in a plane pull challenge all aimed at raising money for the Airport's charity partner Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Blue Air who has an aircraft based at Liverpool with flights to 7 destinations from LJLA, very kindly let the Airport use one of their Boeing 737 aircraft weighing almost 40 tonnes for the plane pull, with teams competing against one another to see who could pull the aircraft the furthest in 1 minute.  Companies represented at the challenge included:- Matalan, Santander, Gaskells Waste, Peel, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Morgan Sindall, Sovini, Swissport, South Liverpool Homes, The Land Trust and the Airport itself, with Matalan coming out on top by managing to pull the plane an incredible 49.2m in 60 seconds.

Organised by employees at the Airport, the challenge raised approximately ₤2,500.00 for Alder Hey Children's Hospital and will be added to over ₤80,000 raised by Airport employees over the past 12 months for the charity.  Carol Dutton, HR and Community Director for LJLA commented:- "This has been an amazing effort by everyone involved and a big thank you goes to all the companies who gave up time to take part in this unique challenge and particularly to Blue Air for providing one of their aircraft. This is one of the highlights of our fundraising calendar with more much needed funds going to Alder Hey."

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