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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire & rescue service covering the county of Merseyside in north-west England. The service is made up of five area commands: Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St Helens.

The service provides a wide range of emergency response and prevention services. It has 23 stations and a marine rescue unit which protect and respond to the 1.4 million residents of Merseyside.

All stations are designated ‘Safe Havens’, where any member of the public – including children and young people – can go if they feel unsafe in any situation.

They also provide individuals with the opportunity to report hate crime and/or domestic violence.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Matt Parr is HMI for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

252 square miles


1.43m people
up3% local 5 yr change


89% wholetime firefighters
11% on-call firefighters
0.49 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down8% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


23 stations
29 fire engines


3.9 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.9 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£24.54 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Phil Garrigan