Pensioners group visit Fire & Rescue Heritage Centre

THE heat was on at the Merseyside Fire and Rescue service Heritage and Education centre in Bridle Road Bootle this week, when the pensioners group from Molyneux ward payed a visit.

The visit was organised by Molyneux ward councillors Marion Atkinson and Paula Murphy. A commitment made by both councillors is to help to combat social isolation in the area, and to raise awareness of the excellent facility that is available on the doorstep.

On the day residents were treated to a presentation showing how the fire service had transformed over the years and how the equipment used now is making a huge difference to fighting fires. Many of the residents told stories about relatives who had served in the service and one resident in particular Cliff who used to be a fire-fighter told about real life experiences he had when he was fighting fires.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “I am truly grateful to all involved at the Fire Service who helped make our day such a huge success, particularly Burt who was our guide and fountain of knowledge for the day. He really made the day good fun and really informative. It seems there are plans for expansion of the centre and I am really hopeful they are successful with their funding bid to the lottery”

The centre hosts memorabilia from across the globe and has a huge amount of history within it. Cllr Paula Murphy said: “It really brought it home how these men and women put their lives on the line for us all not only in the past but also on present day, when they make the fire service a career choice.”