Pensioners given a look at what is on offer at 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 paid a visit.
The visit was organised by Molyneux ward Councillors Marion Atkinson and Paula Murphy.
One of the commitments made by both councillors was 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 was making a huge difference to fighting fires.
Many of the residents told stories about relatives who had worked in the service and Cliff, a resident, who used to be a firefighter, recalled some experiences from his time fighting fires.
Cllr 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 success- ful 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 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.”
The group at the Merseyside Fire and Rescue service Heritage and Education centre, in Bridle Road, Bootle