Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Merseyside, England





Merseyside is a Metropolitan County in the north west of England that covers an area of 249 square miles with a population of 1.4 million. It consists of 5 Metropolitan Local Authorities; Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens and Knowsley.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service was first established in 1974 although at that time it was known as Merseyside Fire Brigade. The Fire and Rescue Service Act 2004 recognised that fire and rescue services do more than fight fires, including rescues and prevention work. Our name was changed to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in the same year.

The Fire and Rescue Service is governed by the Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA), which is made up of councillors who are nominated by each of the 5 Merseyside Local Authorities.

Our Mission is to achieve: Safer, Stronger Communities and Safe Effective Firefighters.


Paul Hitchen
USAR Capability Advisor
CFOA National Resilience & Assurance Team

Tel: +44 (0)7970566857

Our Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens, is the Strategic lead for National Resilience on behalf of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and chairs the National Resilience Board (NRB). He is also chair of the NFCC Operations Co-ordination Committee and is the capability lead for USAR and ISAR.

In April 2016 MFRA became the lead authority, on behalf of the Home Office, for the assurance and co-ordination of the FRS National Resilience capabilities, which provides the capability and capacity to deliver a sustained, effective response to major incidents, emergencies and disruptive challenges.

This is delivered through the National Resilience Assurance Team (NRAT).

NRAT comprises a team of seconded officers dedicated to each of the National Resilience capabilities, which are primarily in place to respond to national incidents:
Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)
High Volume Pumps (HVP)
Chemical, Biological , Radiological, Nuclear, Conventional Explosive (CBRN-e)
Command & Control (C&C)

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also maintains the National Resilience Fire Control function which is responsible for facilitating the mobilisation and co-ordination of all national assets.

Since 2004 Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has been embedded in the delivery and progression of National Resilience, organising large scale training exercises, and has responded to numerous national and international incidents.