Second Beacon award for Fire Service.(News)

Merseyside has become the first fire and rescue service in the country to receive two Beacon awards. The Fire Service was one of five authorities across the UK to receive Beacon Status for Early Intervention (Children at Risk) recently. It has already been awarded Beacon Status for its Services for Older People.

Chief Fire Officer Tony McGuirk said: "We are absolutely thrilled by this news. We have developed a first class programme for young people that is delivering genuine results. We have had contact with thousands of young people across Merseyside and are helping influence their attitudes and awareness. They are now our ambassadors, contributing to making their communities safer from fire and promoting our work.

"Our youth engagement work is wide ranging and innovative, so much so that several of our projects are being taken up by fire services across the country. This award will help us to share our good practice even further and is a credit to everyone who has been involved, both within the fire service and our partners in the community. …

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