Firefighters simulated a rescue at Southport Pier Friday 28th November

Three fire appliances were deployed to the pier along with a command support unit vehicle.

The exercise simulated a scenario of a rescue from a tram fire on the pier.

This is one of the ongoing exercises that firefighters carry out at sites in communities as part of their training.

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Above:  Command support unitots-southport-pier closed

Above: The Pier was closed to public during the exercise

Crew Manager Steve McHale, who is leading the exercise, said: “Due to this being a unique location and unique structure, we thought it would be beneficial to run an exercise at the pier.

“The exercise will be carried out in partnership with Sefton Council.

“It will also raise firefighters’ awareness of the mechanisms of the tram and the pier.”

Steve Irwin, Operations Manager at Sefton Council, said: “We are pleased to support Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service as part of this important exercise.

“It will give valuable training to fire officers, especially those with limited or no experience of piers.

“At the end of the exercise, we will get feedback on the systems in place, and advice on any improvements required to ensure Southport Pier is a safe environment for staff, concessions and visitors.”

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