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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 Visits

To reduce the number of fires in the home, the fire service offer a Home Fire Safety Check you can book yours online.

What is arson?

Arson is when somebody sets fire to something on purpose. This includes 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, 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, which in St Helens includes:

  • a District Prevention Manager
  • a Community Fire Prevention Arson Officer
  • 3 Community Fire Prevention Advocates

The team work with other members from the 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.