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Community fire safety

Fire services in St Helens are provided by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS).

Reporting a fire

If you see a fire, you should call 999 immediately and provide the operator with as much detail as possible. After this, stay clear of the danger.

Home Fire Safety Checks

To reduce the number of fires in the home, MFRS offers a Home Fire Safety Check. You can book your Home Fire Safety Check online.

What is arson?

Arson is when somebody sets fire to something on purpose. This could be wheelie bins, small piles of rubbish or bonfires.

Arson costs

Every time a fire engine attends a fire, there is a minimum cost of around £340. More importantly, if the engine is putting out a nuisance fire, set by youths in the park who are just 'having fun', it could prevent that engine from attending a serious fire where people could be hurt or killed.

We have worked hard to achieve considerable reductions in unnecessary fires over the last few years.

Reducing deliberate fires

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have a Community Prevention Team, who work with other members from the St Helens Community Safety Partnership to identify anybody responsible for setting deliberate fires and to identify areas at risk of fire setting.

Threat of arson

If you receive a threat of arson, the team will be called to attend your home and carry out a fire risk assessment. They will put measures into place to:

  • reduce the likelihood of a fire starting
  • reduce the spread of fire
  • discuss emergency exit routes.