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Welcome to the second edition of Community Guardians Magazine.


’ve been fortunate this time, as its been allot of fun, out on operations with Merseyside Police and I was even invited to do a 12 hour shift with Merseyside Fire & Rescue. It’s been great going out, meeting and interviewing members of our local Emergency Services and have been introduced to allot of interesting characters. I hope you enjoy our Features and Interviews. If any Department would like to raise awareness, or, if any individual has an interesting story to tell, I welcome emails and we will consider you for the next edition. Also, if any Department Heads would like to showcase the good work their Team are doing, I welcome invitations to go out on Operations or spend time with your Team, so we can feature them in our next edition.

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On The Beat A news roundup from the North West Emergency Services.


SOS Privilege Medical Identity Card The launch of a brand new innovation.

First Aid 10 Cycling Steve Evans of the North West Ambulance Service has a FREE first aid resource for all Cyclists. Bell 12 Dave A focus on Inspector Dave Bell of Merseyside Police who retires this year.

On shift with Merseys ide Fire and Rescue. I would welcome suggestions of Staff to interview as well. Contact me on the details below. Please see the following Testimonial: “Community Guardians have a genuine interest in portraying the work of the Emergency Services in a very positive way. The journalists went the extra mile to understand the challenges faced by responders by spending time with crews and mobilizing to emergencies in the capacity of observer. They also take great care to ensure that your views are accurately represented and I do not believe you can ask for more than that in the circumstances”. Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Rob Griffiths - Editor 07528 811931

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NHS 16 Wirral Elaine celebrates life after surviving breast cancer over 11 years. Remembered 18 Victims Road victims remembered in GMP’s remembrance service. Stephens 20 Dan Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephen’s, talks about his life in Merseyside Fire & Rescue. Hospital 22 Ethiopian Advanced Paramedics in the North West Ambulance Service are welcomes into an Ethiopian Hospital. Promotion & Pay 24 Pips, Tariq Butt from Greater Manchester Police talks about the perils of demotion after temporary promotion. Gold! 26 Scoop The North West Ambulance Service become the first UK Service to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Gold Award.

28 Springboard Lancashire Police in are supporting Blackpool families who have fallen on difficult times with the Springboard Family Intervention Team. New Brighton, Hovercraft Open Day 30 RNLI We find out all about the New Brighton RNLI Hovercraft, attending their open day. Shift With Merseyside Fire and Rescue 34 On Editor Rob Griffiths is given the rare chance, to go On-Shift with Merseyside Fire & Rescue at Croxteth Urban Search & Rescue Centre. the line 38 Walking Greater Manchester Police Community Support Officer, Paul Bellis, talks about his duel roles, also being a Local Government Councillor.

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On The Beat


The latest news from your Community Guardians

Jamie Lomas, Sam Aston and Rhodri Giggs are just some of the stars turned out in support of local charity Retrak for a football match against Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The GMP team of officers and staff featured a special guest appearance by Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy.

Cyclists reminded of bike security With both county and country celebrating cycling success those who own pedal bikes are being reminded to keep them safe and secure.This follows the collation of police statistics showing the theft of pedal cycles is on the increase in Chorley and outh Ribble this summer. Now police in Lancashire are reminding cyclists to follow these top tips: • Try and always keep your bike locked away such as in a shed or garage • If you do have to keep your bike outside make sure it is secured with a reliable lock • Record your bike on the national registry and consider having your bike invisibly marked, readable with a UV pen, in case it is lost or stolen • If going out, even momentarily, keep your doors and windows firmly shut and secured The constabulary has already helped local cyclists by marking over 20 bikes at public events in Clayton-le-Woods and Coppull in the last month. Chief Inspector Andrew Gilbert said: “Evidence gathered by police show that pedal bikes in South Ribble and Chorley were the most common taken item in non-household

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burglaries in July just past. “With cycling in both Lancashire and the UK enjoying unprecedented success - thanks to one Bradley Wiggins - I am reminding residents to keep their cycles safe and secure. “The overwhelming majority of bikes stolen were those that have been left outside a property or building, without any sort of lock which is a gift for the opportunist thief. “The constabulary can help, and we do sometimes hold bike marking events, but for now I would appeal to cyclists to take the first step by following our safety advice.” Do you want bike safety assistance and live in Chorley or South Ribble? If so e-mail Liz.Coleman@lancashire. You can register your bike on the national register by visiting

Tweets Steve Evans @ paramedicsteve ‘Looking forward to the Cycling First Aid Article in your next editon’ @GuardiansMag We think it makes a great, informative feature Steve

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The match took place at 2pm on Sunday 12 August 2012 and was highlight of the family fun day hosted by Northwich Victoria FC at their newly-acquired Valley Road stadium in Urmston. Other attractions included a mascot race at half time, games and activities, music and a bouncy castle. Food and drink was available both before and after the match, with a barbeque if weather permits.   The fundraising event was delivered as part of a partnership between GMP and Retrak, a Cheadle Hulme-based charity that gives street children in Africa an alternative to life on the streets.   This is the third year that GMP volunteers traveled to Ethiopia and Uganda to work at the project centres and this year they will also be joined by volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.   Kate Ramsey, AGMA Collaboration Lead from Greater Manchester Police said: “This is a great opportunity for families to come and have a fun day out while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.    “GMP have been working closely with Retrak to make a huge difference to the lives of these children and every bit of support helps. Northwich Victoria FC are investing in the facilities at the Valley Road stadium and would love the local community to come to this event.”

New “Watch” scheme for Leeds-Liverpool canal

A NEW scheme has been launched in southern Lancashire to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.   CanalWatch allows police officers to quickly share information with boat owners, residents and businesses based on or around the local canal.   Text messages are sent to alert those in the scheme of any suspicious behaviour or recent crimes, so that they can take the necessary precautions to keep their land and property safe.   To get involved with CanalWatch you need to first join as a member with around 15 local canal users - including those from Chorley Burscough, Rufford and Wheelton – already signed up.   If you live outside county boundaries, but use our canals on a regular basis, you can still sign up to the scheme with a Lancashire mooring location.    The Constabulary’s Watch Liaison Officer for Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire is Lynn Wareing.   She said: “We have decided to setup CanalWatch for residents in southern Lancashire after a successful pilot along the Lancaster Canal.   “With police and the community working together we can keep our canals safe, secure and for all to enjoy including future generations.   “Remember it is not only canal users who can become members, but also residents and businesses that are based near or use the LeedsLiverpool canal. You can also sign-up if you are from outside Lancashire but use our waterways often.”   The other benefit of the CanalWatch initiative is the protection it offers to natural habitats which exist along the Leeds-Liverpool canal.    Lancashire Constabulary’s wildlife officer, Mark Thomas said: “These schemes are not only invaluable when it comes to protecting your property but also in helping us gain valuable information about wildlife crime.   “Lots of species live in and alongside our canals and residents can help us to look after them by sharing information through schemes like CanalWatch.”   For more information or to join the scheme contact Lynn Wareing 01257 246384 or email lynn.wareing@   All that is needed to join CanalWatch is your full name, mobile phone number and - if you use a canal boat boat name and mooring location.

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Clare’s Law Pilot Begins in Greater Manchester Reporters, photographers and camera crews where invited to attend the launch of the Domestic Violence Disclosure pilot scheme in Greater Manchester.

The scheme offers people a of Clare Wood, who was Karen Harrison from the formal mechanism to make murdered by her former Women’s Domestic Abuse enquiries about an individual partner in Greater Manchester Helpline said: “We welcome who they are in a relationship in 2009. Her partner had any initiative that contributes with, or who is in a relationship three previous convictions to raising awareness of with someone they know, and under the Protection from domestic abuse. It is important have a violent or abusive past. Harassment Act 1997. that women trust their gut This information may be Home Office Minister Lynne feelings but there is also disclosed via a request from Featherstone said: “Domestic information on the End the a member of the public (“right violence is a dreadful crime Fear website which can help to ask”) or by an agency which sees millions of women women decide if they are in an where a proactive decision is and families suffer years of abusive relationship. If women made to consider disclosing abuse. That is why we are are worried about relationships the information in order to constantly looking at new ways they can seek help and support protect a potential victim of protecting victims and have from Greater Manchester (“right to know”). ringfenced nearly £40 million Women’s Domestic Abuse If police checks show that of stable funding for specialist Helpline on 0161 636 7525.” a person may be at risk of domestic and sexual violence Hazel Blears MP for Salford domestic abuse and Eccles said: from their partner, “Following the tragic The domestic violence the police will death of Clare Wood, disclosure scheme is consider disclosing who was a resident designed to prevent tragic in Salford, I have the information. Assistant Chief incidents from happening by worked closely with Constable Steve father and family ensuring that there is a clear her Heywood said: to gain cross-party framework in place. “This pilot is support for about prevention ‘Clare’s Law’. and exploring new ways of support services and helplines “Too many women and men protecting victims of domestic until 2015. continue to suffer domestic abuse. It helps individuals “The domestic violence violence and it is vital that all make an informed decision on disclosure scheme is designed possible steps are taken to whether or not to continue a to prevent tragic incidents protect people and to provide relationship and will provide from happening by ensuring them with the information help and support to them that there is a clear framework they need to make an when making that choice. It in place with recognised informed decision. will enable police to act in and consistent processes “The pilots here in Greater the best interests of those for disclosing information Manchester and three other people who believe they are to the public. areas will provide the evidence at risk of violence by sharing “It’s just one of a series of to enable this important information of a partners’ measures we have introduced scheme to become law across violent past.” to tackle violence against the country.” A disclosure under this women and girls. Earlier For further information scheme can be made by: this year we announced about the Domestic Violence Someone who has concerns two new stalking offences, Disclosure Scheme, or to make that their partner may harm and the criminalisation of a request for information them. A third party, such as a forced marriage. We have also under it, contact Greater parent, neighbour or friend introduced domestic violence Manchester Police on 101 or who has concerns about homicide reviews and are the women’s domestic abuse someone’s safety. working with the Association helpline, Independent Choices, Calls for the introduction of Chief Police Officers to on 0161 636 7525. If there is of a national disclosure ensure officers understand an immediate risk of harm to scheme gained momentum the complexities of domestic someone, or it is an emergency, following the tragic case violence cases.” always call 999.



RNLI New Brighton hovercraft volunteers rescue two walkers The New Brighton hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit was called out at 6:30pm on 8th August to rescue two walkers who had found themselves in difficulty and cut off from land north of the River Alt on the Sefton coastline. It was a calm evening with good visibility when the HM Coastguard, Liverpool received the call for help from the walkers and promptly request the assistance of the RNLI New Brighton hovercraft. New Brighton volunteer Paul Wright the Commander in charge of the hovercraft said ‘ We found the walkers who were Ok north of the River Alt. They had become disoriented during their walk from Formby and found themselves cut off from land. We took the walkers on board and flew them to a waiting Coastguard unit on the Crosby shore. This is an area of extensive stretches of sand, mud flats, gullies and pockets of quicksand, in this case the tide was on

RNLI New Brighton lifeboat volunteers in action to help fishermen The volunteer crew of the New Brighton lifeboat Charles Dibdin were called to the aid of 3 people on board a small fishing vessel with engine failure.

RNLI New Brighton hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit returning to New Brighton after the rescue and crossing typical terrain

the ebb however had it been coming in the walkers would have been in serious danger. The hovercraft is the ideal machine for operations in this environment as no other craft could easily have got near to them.’

Mighty models take RNLI New Brighton lifeboatmen in tow An unusual site of two volunteer lifeboatmen in a dinghy, being towed around the new model boating lake at New Brighton by two radio controlled model tugs, greeted visitors to the recent Wallasey Model Boat Societies fundraising day for RNLI New Brighton. Throughout the day superb radio controlled model boats of all shapes and sizes from submarines to lifeboats and everything in between entertained visitors despite poor weather. The audience both young and old had a chance to talk to club members and RNLI volunteers and examine up close the models plus RNLI New Brighton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin along with its impressive bendy tractor and launch trailer. A range of excellent lifeboat models built by local modellers were a particular feature of the show. The society wishes to encourage new and particularly young modellers to participate in the hobby with the simple aim of gaining modelling skills, having fun and enjoying themselves. Keith Herbert of the Wallasey Model Boat Society said ‘We exceeded our expectation in raising £1463.33

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in support of the RNLI . We achieved this through proceeds from the sale of boats, tombola and sponsorship of the dinghy tow plus our raffle. The dedication of our members plus the support of local companies Morrisons Supermarket, Grosvenor Casino, Wilkie Leisure Group, The Model Shop (New Brighton) and lots more made this possible. You can find out more about the Wallasey Model Boat Society via its website on: Frank Brereton – RNLI New Brighton Lifeboats Chairman said ‘ I am always amazed at the ingenuity and generosity of people who raise funds for the RNLI. The dinghy tow was a classic and the models superb, we are very impressed with the lengths that the members of Wallasey Model Boat Society have gone to raise such an impressive sum and we thank them for it. Without support like this the RNLI would not be able to continue with our mission to save lives at sea.’

The lifeboat responded to a call from HM Coastguard Liverpool after the fishing boats engine failed in site of its landing point on New Brighton beach on the 7th August. The tide was reaching its height when the lifeboat launched and a large group of sightseers gathered to watch the action. The vessel had dropped its anchor several hundred yards offshore when the Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin reached them.

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Senior Helmsman Dave Lowe in charge of the lifeboat said ‘ When we reached the vessel we took on board 2 of the fishermen while their skipper stayed on the boat. They had been fishing most of the morning and the engine had failed as they were returning to the New Brighton area. We took the vessel in tow and when getting as near to the beach as we dared in the shallow water crewman Ward went into the sea to manually tow the boat towards its waiting trailer and an appreciative audience. The whole operation went smoothly and we were glad to help get everyone safely ashore.’

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RNLI New Brighton volunteers Lee Arnall and Andy Liston in dinghy towed by tugs and Shannon. Text/image: RNLI/Bob Warwick

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I was invited to Smithdown Lane Police Station in Liverpool to meet Dave Bell, who is Merseyside’s longest serving Inspector. Dave retires at the end of this year, so we thought it a fitting tribute to focus on his role in the Roads Policing Department and his life outside the police in the Classic Scooter Scene. Name Inspector Dave Bell. Merseyside Police OSU Road Policing Department based at Smithdown Lane Police Station, Liverpool. Age 59 years. Dave Bell Inspector

Qualifications Road Traffic Senior Investigating Officer. Advanced (Class 1) Police Driver. PCV (Category D) Driver. Vehicle Examiner. Experience Currently the longest serving and most experienced officer within the Roads Policing Department with over 36 years total service, 22 years having been dedicated to Roads Policing in the rank of Sergeant and Inspector. Will be retiring at the end of this year. Career History Dave has worked in a number of other areas of policing in the rank of Constable, Sergeant and Inspector, including General Uniform Duties, Plain Clothes, CID and Custody. He has also had the benefit of working in a variety of geographical areas of Merseyside over the years. He took up his present post of Inspector Roads Policing in 1997 and has worked in a variety of specialist roles within the Department.

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Duties and Responsibilities Currently leads the Roads Policing Collision Reduction Team based at Smithdown Lane Police Station. The Team is primarily responsible for co-ordinating and driving the Merseyside Police Roads Policing Strategy and associated Policies for meeting the strategic framework throughout the Department. Other key functions of the Team include the provision of intelligence and problem analysis towards casualty reduction, Community Engagement, the promotion and co-ordination of a partnership approach towards Casualty Reduction, Road Safety and Traffic Management, Enforcement Campaigns, RTC File Quality Assurance and the administration of RTC Files on behalf of the Force. The Team has also recently been assigned to manage the Vehicle Crime Group consisting of a Team of Forensic Vehicle Examiners who are specially trained in the identification of vehicles and vehicle parts and who assist the rest of the Force in planned operations in respect of vehicle crime. Job Satisfaction When Dave joined Merseyside Police he had a strong ambition to become a


Roads Policing Officer and describing himself as ‘a bit of a petrol head’ he has always held a genuine interest in this area of policing. He considers himself very fortunate to be in a professional role which fits in so well with his personal interest in motor vehicles and his passion for most things associated with them. He gains a great deal of satisfaction from holding the rank of Inspector and feels that he has found the right balance between ambition and job satisfaction. The negative aspect of his job involves both seeing and dealing with the tragedy of road death and seeing from first hand the devastating effect on bereaved families. However, he would like to believe that his efforts over the years may have resulted in less people being killed on the roads of Merseyside, preventing other families from suffering this kind of tragedy. Dave also feels very privileged to be working in a Department consisting of so many dedicated and highly professional people and he knows that he will miss this the most when he finally retires. Hobbies and Interests Dave’s very keen interest in motor vehicles extends to his collection of classic Lambretta and Vespa scooters. He also enjoys motor sport and has owned a variety of high powered cars and motorcycles over the years. His main hobby surrounds the ‘Scooter Scene’ and a great deal of his free time is spent riding or tinkering with his scooters and attending various events. About Merseyside Police Roads Policing Department. The Roads Policing Department of Merseyside is a centralised unit consisting of 1 Chief Inspector, 4 Inspectors, 19 Sergeants and 131 Constable, plus Support Staff. The Department is divided into 4 Inspector led Teams operating from three sites within Merseyside. There are two Teams operating from Smithdown Lane and Maghull Police Stations respectively who share a dedicated responsibility for Patrol and calls for service, including membership of the North West Motorway Police Group. The Roads Policing Investigation Team operates from Wavertree Road Police Station and has specific responsibility for the investigation

When Dave joined Merseyside Police he had a strong ambition to become a Roads Policing Officer and describing himself as ‘a bit of a petrol head’ he has always held a genuine interest in this area of policing. of all Fatal, Serious Injury and Police Vehicle Collisions. This Team also provides Forensic Collision Investigators on a 24 hour basis and additional support from Family Liaison Officers and specialist Exhibits Officers. The Collision Reduction Team is based at Smithdown Lane Police Station and provides a wide variety of functions, mainly in relation to Roads Policing Strategy, Planning, the Co-ordination of Enforcement Campaigns, Road Safety Partnerships and Public Engagement. All recordable road traffic collisions occurring on Merseyside are now administered and investigated by the Roads Policing Department, thereby removing that responsibility from BCU colleagues engaged in general policing. This system is working well and the benefits are being felt throughout the Force. The priorities (see ‘Priorities’ box) are achieved through a number of specific Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) with the rest of the Force, which clearly define the overall responsibilities of the Roads Policing Department and

provide a means to measure and ensure an effective delivery. Effective policing of the road network has contributed significantly to a reduction in crime in Merseyside. This success has been achieved through local partnerships, effective specialist support and the delivery of targeted patrol and enforcement. Having already achieved a very considerable reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside over the last decade, Merseyside Police are working with partners to achieve further significant reductions in line with the Government Strategic Framework for Road Safety. Targeted and intelligence led activity is regarded as essential in achieving this goal, through the enforcement of core offences, ie, enforcement of those offences which contribute to death and serious injury, at the right time and in the right place. To this end, Patrol Officers are directed to specific ‘hot routes’ across Merseyside determined through collision data analysis and careful assessment. It is also recognised that both

Priorities The Department has six key priorities in keeping with the ACPO 5 year Roads Policing Strategy, namely; • Reducing Road Casualties • Disrupting Criminality • Counter Terrorism • Anti-Social Driving • Patrolling the Roads and reponding to roads policing incidents. • Effective Investigation of all recordable collisions.

education and engineering have a very important part to play in casualty reduction and much value is placed on alternatives to prosecution such as Driver Awareness Courses and similar schemes. A multi agency approach is promoted through local Joint Agency Groups and at a strategic level, through the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership involving all key partners, including the five Local Authorities. A comprehensive Public Engagement Programme has also been devised to enable education and inter-action with vulnerable road users, such as young drivers. Merseyside Police has recognised the need for roads policing as a function to re-position itself to meet the existing and emerging demands of these challenging economic times and on that basis, roads policing on Merseyside was re-structured through a Strategic Options Project in 2011. Merseyside Police and the Roads Policing Department are well placed to meet the challenges that lie ahead.



My interest in Scooters started during my very early teenage years in the mid to late sixties. There were lots of Mods and Rockers about in those days and I was never in any doubt what I wanted to be. The sight of those immaculately dressed Mods on their chrome embellished Lambrettas and Vespas made a real impression on me and I remember counting the away the years and months until my sixteenth birthday when I could finally own one for myself.


really left me over the many years that followed. Due to other priorities and family commitments, this never really developed into more than a passing interest until I met an old friend back in 2002. He told me that he still owned a classic scooter and was part of a big scene, which still existed, including a vast number of Scooter Clubs all over the Country, National Events, Rallies and Ride-Outs. This resulted in me making my own enquiries and I soon found out that he was absolutely right. I was amazed at the

Left to Right Lambretta SX 200. (1968) Lambretta TV 175 Series 3 (1964) Lambretta L1 150 Series 3 (1967) Lambretta TV 175 Series 2 (1960) One previous owner from new ! Vespa GTS 250 (bought new)

My interest in Scooters and the life style associated with them, never really left me over the many years that followed When my sixteenth birthday finally arrived (you could ride bikes up to 250 cc on a Provisional Licence in those days) I immediately became part of the Mod Scene on my Lambretta L1 150 Series 3. I was a bit fortunate really, because although at that time the original mod scene beginning to fade away, I managed a few years of really being part of it. The scooters, the clothes, the music and ofcourse the girls all became part of my life for a couple of years until like most of us, the need to move on (and buy a car !) eventually came. My interest in Scooters and the life style associated with them, never

size of the modern scooter scene and the enthusiasm thousands of people still have for classic Lambretta and Vespa Scooters from the Sixties. I was even more amazed to discover that many old Lambretta Scooters were still available either restored or suitable for restoration, the only drawback being the ridiculous prices being asked for them. With hindsight, I now understand why the prices were and still are so high, bearing in mind the level of demand and the fact that production of genuine Lambretta Scooters ceased in Italy back in 1971. The temptation soon proved too much and I eventually managed to

The Scooter scene is now my main hobby and something I value as a total diversion from my professional life. source a Lambretta SX200 suitable for restoration. This was the scooter myself and most of my mates aspired to own, but could never quire afford, back in the old days and I decided to model it after one particular scooter I remember drooling at all those years ago. It took about six months to have it professionally restored to virtually ‘as new’ condition and then I was back on the road. It was a great experience to own and ride a Lambretta again and I soon tracked down the ‘City of Liverpool Scooter Club’ and became an active member. Over the past ten years I have increased my collection to include a further three genuine Italian Lambrettas, all of which have been professionally restored to near original 14 Community Guardians Magazine

condition. One of them is almost an exact replica of my original scooter and all of them have been improved with electronic ignition and more efficient fuel and exhaust systems. I even have a modern Vespa GTS 250 which is accepted in the scooter scene and is very handy for collecting parts for my Lambrettas ! The Scooter scene is now my main hobby and something I value as a total diversion from my professional life. I gain a great deal of satisfaction from carrying out my own maintenance of the Scooters and attending all sorts of rallies and events, locally, nationally and even abroad.The Lambrettas are actually appreciating in value and having convinced my wife of this fact,

there is just one more model I am looking for to complete my collection. I have also convinced myself that all of this is nothing to do with a mid-life crisis, just a chance to fulfil an interest that has never left me.



Elaine Celebrates Life

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after surviving breast cancer for over 11 years Local breast cancer survivor supports Year of Action on Cancer

A breast cancer survivor from Wirral, who was first diagnosed in 2001, is using her experiences to encourage women in Merseyside and Cheshire to regularly examine their breasts for any changes.


reast cancer is now the the most amazing care and support absolutely fantastic.” most common cancer in the from the staff there.” “For the bone UK, affecting one in eight Elaine initially underwent a cancer, I now have women. On a more positive lumpectomy but as the cancer regular bone density note, more women than ever before had spread, she went on to scans and blood are surviving breast cancer, with have a mastectomy followed by checks and I also see my oncologist survival rates improving the earlier reconstructive surgery. from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, it is diagnosed. Encouragingly, over “While the experience was Dr Susan O’Riley, every three months, 70% of those women in Merseyside frightening, both my husband and she’s truly a godsend. Her door is invited for screening are attending I tried to stay positive. We received always open – and I know I can count and 99% of these women have their tremendous practical and emotional on her for advice and support. results sent to “It’s now 11 years It’s now 11 years since I was first diagnosed and them within since I was first during that time my family and I have learned not only diagnosed and two weeks. Elaine Cassidy to live with my cancer, but to live life to the full too during that time (51) from my family and I and making sure I keep myself fit and healthy Wallasey believes have learned not early diagnosis of her breast cancer support from The Linda McCartney only to live with my cancer, but to live is the reason she is alive today Centre and in particular, its consultant life to the full too and making sure I and able to lend her voice to NHS breast surgeon Mr Chris Holcombe. keep myself fit and healthy.” Merseyside’s ‘Year of Action “Everything was fine for some years Dr Daniel Seddon, Consultant on Cancer’. but towards the end of 2005 I began to in Public Health Medicine and “At the age of 39 and with two experience pain in my ribs. In January Breast Cancer Screening Specialist young children under the age of eight, 2006, Mr Holcombe arranged for a in Merseyside and Cheshire, said: I was diagnosed with cancer of the scan at the Linda McCartney Centre, “While survival rates are increasing, left breast,” said Elaine. The news was which later confirmed the cancer breast cancer is still the most devastating – particularly as I had had spread to my bones.” common form of cancer in the UK several close family and friends who’d Alongside medical treatment at and it is essential, like in Elaine’s died of breast cancer. Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Elaine case, that a diagnosis is sooner “When I discovered the lump in my was offered emotional support from rather than later. The earlier you left breast I was given a mammogram, her local hospice – Wirral Hospice are diagnosed, the greater chance an ultrasound and a needle biopsy, St John’s - and attended a 12 week you have of survival – it really is that all on the same day. Later that day I course for ‘young people living with simple. And if you are the one of the was not only given the devastating cancer’. “The course was only one day vast majority for which everything is diagnosis of breast cancer but also a week,” continues Elaine, “but it was okay, the sooner you can relax.” 16 Community Guardians Magazine

Year of Action on Cancer Elaine is helping to raise awareness of breast cancer as part of the ‘Year of Action on Cancer’, which was launched earlier this year by NHS Merseyside with NHS Cheshire Warrington and Wirral at the Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre to educate residents on all aspects of cancer from prevention, early detection, research and innovation and treatment available in the region. For more information about the campaign, visit www. actiononcancer. org

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encouraging sign following the start of our campaign in April this year, the number of casualties is still too high. Just one life lost is one too many. We will continue to carry out enforcement activities such as those already carried out to further bring down the number of those injured and killed on our roads. “The roll of honour identifies the victims as men, women, boys and girls. This brings home to drivers and members of the public the real cost of these collisions and that is precious life. “In addition, we will continue to promote how drivers can keep themselves and others safe through our Dicing with Death campaign as well as raise awareness of the life threatening and life changing consequences their actions can have.” Since the campaign’s launch various enforcement tactics have been used which includes 304 fixed penalties in Chadderton as part of a clampdown on motorists not wearing seatbelts. Sixty one of those were given to

Victims Remembered

In memory of those that have died on the roads of Greater Manchester in 2011

as figures show decline in number killed on our roads Police in Greater Manchester attended an annual service of remembrance in memory of those killed on the Borough’s roads.


t coincides with the Force releasing its latest figures as part of the Dicing with Death road safety campaign that showed that 56 people were killed on Greater Manchester’s roads between July 2011 and June 2012 compared to 71 people between July 2010 and June 2011. The campaign, launched in April this year asks drivers to slow down, belt up and switch off their mobiles. Since it began officers have increased the number of roadside enforcement checks, which include breath tests, speed enforcement and

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fixed roadside cameras. Motorists have also been issued penalties for seatbelt offences and using a mobile phone while driving. As part of the latest stage of the campaign, GMP unveiled a roll of honour in memory of those men, women and children that lost their lives on Greater Manchester’s roads in 2011. Victims are aged up to 82 and are a combination of drivers, passengers, riders and pedestrians. Greater Manchester Police Deputy Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins, said: “While the figures are an

mobile phones and Sat Navs. These can cause a loss of concentration while driving. Our advice is simple turn off your phone and all electronic devices, you could be saving a life.

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motorists directly outside schools. In the same month a joint operation was run across South Manchester which saw 21 vehicles being taken off the road. Fourteen were deemed unsafe and seven were uninsured. The Force’s summer drink clampdown saw officers breath 7,236 drivers in a month-long campaign compared to 5,420 last year. Joint operations have also been carried out with partners such as the fire service, VOSA (Vehicle and Operating Services Agency) and HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) in addition to educational presentations on seatbelt use. June Webb, chair of Manchester’s branch of Road Peace, said: “While it is great to see the number of road fatalities reduced, we want this campaign to send a clear message to motorists, stop and think about your actions. This impacts not only on the life that has been lost but also of those families that have been left behind. “Twelve years ago the heart of our family was ripped out following

While it is great to see the number of road fatalities reduced, we want this campaign to send a clear message to motorists, stop and think about your actions. Jodie’s death. My daughter did not really get a 21st birthday. She lost her most precious years. No parent should have to go through that and see their child die before them. “If my daughter’s death can save a life then she has not died in vain.” DCC Hopkins, added: “Today’s motorists face a number of distractions on our roads. These include; mobile phones and Sat Navs. These can cause a loss of concentration while driving. Our advice is simple turn off your phone and all electronic devices, you could be saving a life. “Speed limits must also be adhered to as this plays a large part in the number of pedestrian fatalities. Research shows that those involved in a 30mph collision are more likely to survive when compared to those hit at 40mph. Drivers should also be mindful of the weather and road conditions when getting behind the wheel of a car.”

Members of the public can provide information on dangerous drivers, those driving while disqualified, or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs either directly on 101 the new single non-emergency number or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Dan Stephens


Interview: Rob Griffiths

I met up with Dan at Croxteth Urban Search & Rescue/Training Centre and he took the time to tell me about his life in Merseyside Fire & Rescue. Age was 45 10/8/12 Job title Chief Fire Officer

Dan Stephens

Area of responsibility County of Merseyside/City of Liverpool/Boroughs of Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley

Chief Fire Officer Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Number of staff 1200 Number of Fire Stations 26 plus Marine Community Fire & Rescue Station based on the River Mersey. Also a Mobilisation and Communications Centre, Training Academy, Headquarters in Bootle which also has the Workshops Background Dan joined the Fire and Rescue Service in January 1990 after serving in the Army with the Parachute Regiment. Dan served on Blue Watch Kirkby for 8 years where he learned his trade during what was a very busy period operationally. He was promoted to Leading Firefighter at Aintree and from there he moved to Crosby. Dan was promoted to Sub Officer at the Training Academy and from there moved to Kirkby. Dan was promoted to Station Officer at Kirkby and from there served at Croxteth and Kirkdale. Dan came into the Headquarters in 2003 in the role of Executive Officer and was promoted to Wirral District Manager in 2004. Promoted to Area Manager in 2005 and stayed

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in that role for 5 years predominately with Operational Response and Preparedness responsibilities. Appointed as Assistant Chief in 2010 and Chief in 2011 - Dan has been Operational his entire career to date and has also served as a Training Instructor. Dan intends to remain as Chief for at least the next 10 years, if not longer until he retires. Achievements the Fire Service has made The development of the Search and Rescue Team which was brought into operation in 2004. Dan advised that he is very proud of the work of the SRT and that this Team is a very positive addition to the Fire and Rescue Service. Dan is also proud of the relationship that has been built


10 fire appliances from Merseyside Stations are engaged in training courses each day, which will include live fire training, water rescue training (at Crosby and in the City Centre within the Dock System). The Service strives to provide the best training and exercises possible to ensure the highest levels of operational preparedness. Other local and National Fire Services are adopting Merseyside’s standard operating procedures. Dan is very proud of the work he has done with the Chief Fire Officer Association and within the National Operations Committee. Also of the prevention and protection work he is involved with which has been groundbreaking. Dan only has 1 Deputy Chief and no Assistant Chiefs which is rare, as the majority of other Fire and Rescue Services has a Deputy Chief and one or more Assistant Chiefs. In Merseyside there is Dan, a Deputy Chief and 3 Area Managers who work together closely as a team and who all have a passion for the Fire and Rescue Service Dan reminds himself every morning whilst driving into work, by looking at the City from over the water and remembering that Merseyside fire and rescue service is

Firefighter was a fantastic job. Kirkby was a busy station in the early 90’s, there were plenty of operational challenges to overcome and I really enjoyed the job. It was a fantastic station and my colleagues were great people to work with with the local Police and Military, all working towards National Resilience. Exercise ‘Orion’ in 2010, where USAR Teams and the Military from around the Country were involved together along with Chinook and Sea King Helicopters in a multi agency response operation to a major disaster. Dan is also proud of the Water Rescue capability and that Merseyside has 5 type B declared boat rescue teams on the National Asset Register, which is quite an achievement. There are also very structured training and development regimes that Dan is proud of. Up to

responsible for 1.4 million residents, which he sees as a privilege, but not a privilege he would ever take lightly. Dan ‘lives and breathes’ the job - he mentioned his first sent email of the day will be at 0500hrs and the last will be late! He gets up at 0500hrs every morning, trains for one and a half hours, gives

the Search Dogs a run then gets at his desk for 0730. This is the commitment that he gives and expects from the rest of his Team. Roles enjoyed “Firefighter was a fantastic job. Kirkby was a busy station in the early 90’s, there were plenty of operational challenges to overcome and I really enjoyed the job. It was a fantastic station and my colleagues were great people to work with”. “I had the privilege of working as a rider Station Officer at Kirkby, Croxteth and Kirkdale. All were busy operational stations and great places to work”. challenges faced Financial challenges ‘how do we maintain the highest quality service and an excellent response in light of

the financial cuts which are at twice the National average - in the face of all that, you have to strive to win the battle without getting disheartened. For Dan, it’s his pure dogged determination that he will NEVER give up, as he believes that the Service WILL come out the other side of this. Interaction with other Agencies Dan believes that the relationship they have with Merseyside Police is the STRONGEST relationship he knows of and he holds his counterparts within Merseyside Police in the highest regard both professionally and as individuals and he genuinely means that. The Chief Constable Jon Murphy is a local lad. It’s not often you see local Officers in charge of the local services, so it’s rare that Merseyside FRS and Merseyside Police have such people in command. He has the greatest of respect for Jon and for the Assistant Chief Andy Ward who is another very valued colleague (Dan and Andy where Gold Commanders during the civil disturbances last year and the way they dealt with them, was testament to the relationship they have). Equally,

the relationship the Merseyside FRS has with the North West Ambulance Service as at Croxteth, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) who are located on the same site as the Urban Search & Rescue Team, again is testament to that relationship. You will not see that level of integration anywhere else. This is a ‘tangible representation of what Interoperability’ is. When they dealt with ‘Operation Derwent’ (the Liverpool riots) last

By my own admission I am probably the most boring man in the Universe. I don’t drink and don’t really have a social life. I am all job year, that interaction is HOW to manage an incident. You did not see buildings in Liverpool being burnt down as the combined efforts of local Services would NOT let that happen. Interests and hobbies “By my own admission I am probably the most boring man in the Universe. I don’t drink and don’t really have a social life. I am all job”. Dan gets up at 5am every morning to train with weights which is a legacy of his service in the Parachute Regiment. Dan has 4 children. His other real interest is the 5 Merseyside FRS Search Dogs which all live with Dan and his wife Jo, so a lot of his personal time is dedicated to exercising them. Dan admits to being an ‘armchair’ Sky Sports/ESPN Liverpool fan

Goals for the future Overriding concerns are to be best able to mitigate the financial challenges which are coming their way in December 2012 and this is that occupies Dan’s thinking. Dan accepts changes will have to be made and they will ensure that the model of service they have left, delivers the highest quality of service possible and to ensure that the Fire Fighters are as well-trained and best equipped as they can be for a safer stronger community and for safe effective Fire Fighters and it’s that mission Dan is totally dedicated to achieve. That is Dan’s focus moving forward, whatever the challenges he faces, that is what he will do, even in the face that the challenges will be substantial.


FEATURE north west ambulance service

north west ambulance service FEATURE

North West Ambulance Service Advanced Paramedics are welcomed to an...

Ethiopian Hospital as anaesthetist. The facilities were very basic, with less choice of drugs on hand than you would find in an NWAS ambulance. There was also no defibrillator or ECG monitors, so all surgical patients were monitored with only a blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter. Nevertheless, by the end of their three weeks, they had become accustomed to performing spinal anaesthesia, as well as using ketamine to anaesthetise patients during procedures. They assisted with over thirty births during their stay. Many of these were difficult deliveries, and several resulted in them having to

For three weeks in June this year, Matt House and Rhian Monteith, Advanced Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service took time out of their busy lives to work at the Attat hospital in Ethiopia, which is run by Medical Mission Sisters with the help of local healthcare workers.

working in a new environment, within completely different parameters of available healthcare and education was a real privilege.

M Rhian Monteith Advanced Paramedic

Matt House Advanced Paramedic

att who has worked as a Paramedic for 14 years and lives in Cumbria, was invited to accompany Rhian on the trip, after she decided that she wanted to experience working in a completely different environment from what she was used to. Her aim was to pass on her own skills and knowledge, which she has gained over her 12 years, to those in the medical profession who have been afforded fewer opportunities than she has been given. Rhian, 33, already had a connection to the hospital. Her aunt Renate has worked with, and grew up with Sister Rita, the Medical Director of Attat Hospital. The hospital receives patients from one of the poorest areas of Ethiopia, and serves as the focus for all local

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healthcare needs. This includes immunisation programmes, health education and the drilling of bore holes for clean water. During the first week, they worked closely with three students who were studying a Masters Degree in surgery. On completion, these non-doctor surgeons would be allocated a hospital of their own providing emergency care in more remote areas.

Once the students had left, Sister Doctor Rita, the medical director and one of only two surgeons at the hospital, asked Matt and Rhian to assist her with procedures. The majority of these were caesarean sections, hysterectomies and emergency abdominal surgery of which there were many each day. During this time, Matt or Rhian would scrub up and assist Rita with the surgery; whilst the other acted

attempt to resuscitate newborn babies using the equipment available - an adult laryngoscope blade and a single endotracheal tube, swilled under water after each use. That there weren’t more paediatric deaths has much to do with the excellent education and preventative services provided by the Sisters and the dedication of indigenous staff doing what they can to help. Only a few years ago, mortality at birth was about 60%. Matt said, ‘The opportunity of working in a new environment, within completely different parameters of available healthcare and education was a real privilege. Witnessing firsthand what poverty and misery means for millions of people and yet discovering the friendliness and pride of the

Ethiopians was overwhelming.’ As expected, there were moments when the poverty and lack of resources became all too apparent. There was one little boy, who appeared to be about 8, but was in fact fifteen. He had severe rickets, and was also suffering from abdominal TB. Yet despite treatment, he didn’t seem to be improving. With limited laboratory equipment available, there was a ‘wait and see’ approach to many of these conditions and with so many in need, difficult decisions were made. There was also a child who had been attacked by a rabid hyena and had completely lost all skin and flesh to 50% of his face and head. The hospital could do no more than keep his wounds clean and advise the parents to take him to a hospital in

‘Rock Night’ fund raising event. A ‘Rock night’ was organised in May by Ruth Thomas, an Emergency Medical Technician from Lancashire, in order to raise donations and awareness for the Attat Hospital. Over 150 people attended the event, raising a total of £3,400. As a result they were able to deliver this money directly to the people in need and saw what a real difference it made. On behalf of the patients and Rita, Matt and Rhian would like to say a huge thank you to those people who donated either their time or money to this cause – it made such a difference to many people you’ll never meet. Plans are underway to repeat the mission next year and Rhian is looking to take other medical professionals along such as GPs, obstetric and gynecological specialists, paediatricians, midwives and surgeons, whose skills and knowledge could make a real difference to the working practices at Attat.

the capital. Whether they did was never known. The work the Sisters do is humbling to say the least. They work in the most basic conditions, with minimal kit, yet as a result their clinical skills are outstanding, and the effect they have on the community around them is unparalleled. Rhian believes there is a misconception that people from places like Ethiopia are used to dealing with the death of a loved one, somehow making their grief an acceptable consequence of the Anyone intereste environment their live in. d, or just wan Following her experience, she ts more informati on, can c believes this is definitely not the ontact Rhian on em case. Each premature death, ail: nteith whether that be in the UK or West @nwas.n Africa, exposes the same amount of sadness and grief.


FEATURE Tariq Butt

Pips, Promotion & Pay…

The primary use should of course be to overpay any debts if you’ve got them – which will have a long term knock on gain.” If not (hurrah) one option to avoid osmosing the money into your day to day expenditure, better to put it to a specific purpose such as “a savings pot” a “new sofa” a “holiday” so you’re not adjusting your overall habits, but still see the gain.” He then later wrote a blog on his website http://blog. beware-acting-up-pay-rises-theymay-be-fools-gold/ As a result of my experience I decided I was so excited when I finally got the call that I was to become that I would write some guidance for a Temporary Inspector, the hard work of studying for the Part 1 officers and staff who are currently or will be undertaking a temporary role, and Part 2 examinations had finally paid off! I ordered my new both nationally and within GMP. This epaulets - the ones with the pips on! My new name badge and guidance is now available and if anyone hat, eagerly awaiting their arrival from stores and opening them would like a copy then please feel free to contact me. up like an excited child on Christmas day. The issues I faced are not restricted was a temporary Inspector to Sergeant or Inspector level but run posting that was on the opposite side for over 12 months in two right through the rank structures and of the Force to where I lived which different Branches, first as dramatically increased my travel costs. police staff pay scales. the Hub manager for the OCB One of my biggest fears and one of Things were difficult at home as (Operational Communications the biggest threats facing the service we tightened our belt and slowly but Branch – aka Comms) and then is that officers/staff who find surely the adjustments were made, as part of the Capability Support themselves in financial difficulties but not without a bit of pain. Team in the External Relations & are making themselves vulnerable to I realised that officers and Performance Branch. being groomed for corruption, or to police staff subject to temporary I assisted Response policing make out of character mistakes out promotions were not provided teams by covering for Inspectors on of desperation. with any financial advice and as course and annual leave; alongside Greater more and more Tariq Butt this I performed the role of Bronze Manchester Police positions become Sergeant I call pay rises Greater Manchester Police Commander for numerous football Federation will temporary until @TariqButt2 forgotten gold, we circulate this to matches and events. the structure My temporary promotion came of the Force is often readjust our those already in with a temporary pay rise, although temporary ranks decided, this spending patterns and have assisted I failed to take notice of the could affect more pretty quickly once by requesting that ‘temporary’ part of this! As the time and more staff. passed I started to live within the I wanted to we’ve got them and GMP HR distribute means of my new salary and then this to all officers warn others of the start cutting our and staff who are came the dreaded phone call.......... I dangers and of the cloth accordingly to commence was being reverted back to the rank trap I fell into of of Sergeant and into a new role. temporary duties. becoming reliant After getting over the disappointment on my temporary pay. I made contact Irene Curtis, President elect of that this inevitably brings, I began with the Money Saving Expert himself, the national police superintendents to look forward to my new challenge association has kindly offered to Martin Lewis, who kindly gave up his and getting back on the front line of time to discuss the issue and provided circulate this amongst her colleagues, Response policing. I started as you to serve as both a reminder for the following advice for staff: tend to do, back on the night shift themselves and for them as those “I call pay rises forgotten gold, we and soon realised I was going to have often readjust our spending patterns managing officers in temporary ranks. to adjust to my new Division and to Other Forces have also been in touch pretty quickly once we’ve got them working shifts again. and start cutting our cloth accordingly. to learn from my experience and use I then had the realisation that I was If you’re given a temporary promotion the guidance that I have produced. going to have to adjust to a drop in and pay rise, treat it as an added *‘Pips’ are displayed on a Police Officer’s uniform to signify an pay, as I reverted to back my original bonus not core cash – or when you go Sergeant Tariq Butt Inspector’s rank, in the way Sergeant’s have stripes pay scale, compounded with my new back to your substantive rank it’ll hurt. Greater Manchester Police


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Scoop Gold! First ambulance trust to

After a summer of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Great Britain, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust has scooped its own Gold and become the country’s first ambulance service to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Gold award.


Margo Kane Director of Organisational Development, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

nvestors in People (IiP) is a nationally recognised standard which both private and public sector organisations can obtain when they can demonstrate high standards in business and people management. The award is categorised as Standard, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Gold being the highest accolade. Only 2% of IiP holders have achieved this. Trust Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Margo Kane comments: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to achieve this award which clearly demonstrates the high standard of training, support and education provision within the Trust. We were last assessed three years ago, when we received the Bronze standard so to have now being awarded the Gold is a significant achievement.’ The Trust has comprehensive and varied education and training opportunities for clinical, support and managerial staff and was one of the first NHS trusts to be accredited as a training provider by the Chartered Management Institute, offering diplomas in management

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and team leadership. In the last financial year alone, over 900 members of the Service’s workforce has benefited from a range of inhouse workshops and training, and over 100 participated in external activities such as Public Health, Healthcare Practice and Personnel and Development degree and Masters courses. This significant investment in training and development has been credited as a major factor in the Trust’s improved performance and achieving the accolade of currently being the top performer out of all of the eleven ambulance services in England. The Trust achieved the Gold Standard following a intense assessment process by Investors in People, which included visiting various Trust sites, shadowing training events and interviewing more than 160 employees, union representatives, Non Executive Directors and Community First Responders. IiP Assessor, John Spitz said, ‘I carried out the last assessment in 2009 so was in a good position to judge how the Trust has matured and

improved during the last three years. Whilst there are many significant challenges ahead for NWAS, the strength of its business processes and people management policies will ensure it is in a strong position to meet those challenges. I would like to congratulate the Trust on a magnificent achievement.’ Margo concludes: ‘All organisations, whether in the private or public sector are only as good as its people. We firmly believe in developing all of our employees to meet their full potential which is one of the reasons why we have such a low staff turnover. Most of our senior managers started their careers on the frontline and have taken advantage of education opportunities to progress and we want this to continue in the future. Well trained, professional and engaged staff make for a first class service and ultimately that is what benefits our patients.’


FEATURE Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary FEATURE

Lancashire Constabulary

Springboard Family Intervention Project

Making sure families get the help and support they need during difficult times is at the heart of the work carried out by a specialist team in Blackpool.


PC Kim Roberts, Lancashire Police, Bonny Street Station, Blackpool.

he Springboard Family Intervention Project brings together a wide range of agencies, including police, council, housing and health organisations, working as one team to help the resort’s most excluded families. The team works with those who most people may perceive to be problematic. In reality, these families are usually excluded from society due to their circumstances and have often had little engagement with the people who can help them – only receiving assistance when they reach a crisis point. These families may have to deal with a number of issues, such as housing problems, drug or alcohol abuse, a need for social care or poor access to healthcare. This can then lead to wider problems – mainly antisocial behaviour and criminality – which will have a knock on effect on the local community. Springboard, which was set up in

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2005 as part of Blackpool Council’s vision for making improvements in the borough, aims to tackle all of these issues by helping families to address the causes of their behaviour. At the same time tailored action plans and close supervision are put in place and combined with enforcement tools and clear sanctions this provides them with the incentives to change. A family will receive regular multiagency visits, not only building up a feeling of trust but also creating a clearer picture of the family’s needs. Many families are on a low income and cannot afford basic necessities such as food, clothing or heating. Budgeting plans and healthy eating sessions are delivered to ease these problems. Springboard works closely with many local charities, who in turn help by providing the families with furniture, appliances and transportation for these items. Financial difficulties and a chaotic lifestyle can also lead to potential sexual exploitation. Springboard’s sheer intensity of work with these families and the ability of specialist staff to impact and support the basic family needs are aimed at preventing this from happening.

School is a very important part of a child’s life and Springboard staff provide intensive support to children and parents in ensuring school attendance is maintained. The team also ensures that good quality appropriate clothing is available for children. Work is done to improve a child’s self-esteem and confidence by enabling them to join in with their peers at play groups, sports camps or days out. Advice and help with personal issues can Springboard Success A study of 42 of the families – comprising of 74 adults and 151 children found that Springboard intervention had led to – • A 93 % reduction in criminal activity by family members • A 85 % reduction in police calls outs to incidents of anti-social behaviour caused by family members • A 50 % reduction in reports of domestic violence in these families. • A 100 % increase in the families no longer being in arrears and able to make rent payments • A 27 % reduction in the children’s involvement with the youth offending team. • A 66 % increase in the children’s attendance at school

Case Study A family of five, including three young children, were referred to Springboard due to concerns about their living conditions, the health and welfare of the children, poor school attendance, anti-social behaviour and the risk of eviction. The situation had deteriorated since the father, who had a drug problem, had been released from prison. Furniture had been removed from the home and the children were dirty, unkempt, unhappy and showed signs of delayed speech and language abilities. The mother said she wished to leave the father and it was clear she would need help due to ongoing and serious concerns in relation to domestic abuse. The holistic approach of the Springboard team meant that all members of the family received attention, without exception. The mother and children were relocated to secure premises. The whole family needed considerable counselling and support to help them become survivors of their experiences. The family were registered with a GP and given help with basic hygiene and problems such as dental issues and head lice. The oldest child was very withdrawn and referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). He received intensive support and intervention from a clinical psychologist and the team health worker. The youngest children were referred to speech therapists. The father was also offered help for his substance and mental health problems and a private landlord supplied housing. As a result of Springboard’s intervention, potential life expectations and aspirations have since improved for all the family members.

be provided again to improve the child’s confidence and help gain acceptance from their peer group, along with credited parenting programs to increase parenting capacity within the family. Children from these families often experience bullying, either as the victim or the perpetrator. The youngsters can be referred for anger management counselling to assist with day to day coping mechanisms and preventative work takes place with offending and re-offending patterns. Safeguarding issues, for both children and adults, can be picked up at an early stage – this will then lead to the family being signposted

From left to right. Chief Inspector Neil Chessell, TPS Paul Smart, PC Kim Roberts and Editor Rob Griffiths

SPRINGBOARD HAVE CAPACITY TO WORK WITH 48 FAMILIES WHICH AMOUNT’S TO IN EXCESS 80 ADULTS AND WELL OVER A 100 CHILDREN IN THE BLACKPOOL AREA. to the right agencies for support or can lead to police involvement in more serious cases. Mental health assessments can be undertaken and appropriate specialist help provided. In depth police checks are carried out on people both living in or regularly visiting the family home to ensure the family’s safety. Children on a child protection plan can be intensively monitored and any relevant information discussed immediately with social care and with the police protection unit. In the same way, any child or adult who is becoming involved with anti-social behaviour or entering the criminal justice network can be monitored and work commenced to stop their behaviour deteriorating.

Police officers, PC Paul Smart, PC Kim Roberts and PC Guy Harrison, within the team are an integral component of the multi-agency approach, as they provide the ability to enforce legislation, investigate any offences disclosed and gather intelligence around the communities, as well as offering appropriate advice aimed at preventing families entering or continuing with the criminal justice system. Springboard cuts across a wide range of services and it’s this strong multi-agency approach which is vital to the success of this groundbreaking project. Since it was set up seven years ago the team has carried out some excellent work to support the town’s most vulnerable families.

Blackpool Football Club Springboard would like to thank Blackpool Football Club for their ongoing support by kindly donating 3 season tickets for our families to use so as to able the families to enjoy ”normal family activities” which they would otherwise be unable to afford and lead to social exclusion and to be used as a motivational tool.



RNLI New Brighton, Hovercraft Open Day Feature: Rob Griffiths

I was invited by Bob Warwick, the New Brighton RNLI Press Officer to attend an open day at New Brighton Lifeboat Station on 16 July 2012, which attracted a steady stream of visitors including the Mayor of Wirral. I have an opportunity to meet the volunteer crew and have direct access to the Hovercraft.


ntroduced in 2002, the hovercraft mounted on its own transporter, has extended the RNLI’s ability which allows it to be rapidly to carry out its vital rescue transported from location to location work to areas inaccessible to by road to wherever it is needed, and conventional lifeboats. can launch from any flat area such as Typically, the hovercraft operates on a car park or beach, provided there is large areas of tidal mudflats or sand enough room. The sponsons can be where the surface is too soft to support deflated, reducing the overall width land vehicles and the water too shallow for travel by road. Hovercraft can for boats and is particularly useful for rapidly search large areas of mud, shoreline searches. sand and shallow Each year, these water. Lift is new brighton’s areas see a number by two hovercraft is kept provided of incidents where fans that build mounted on its own up air pressure people are caught out by the rising transporter, which under the craft, tide or trapped in and thrust by allows it to be quicksand or soft two large fans rapidly transported mounted on the mud. Unless help is provided rapidly, back that act in from location to such situations same way location by road to the result in tragedy. as aeroplane wherever it is needed propellers. In 2011, hovercraft Steering is launched 20 times and in 2012 it has provided by aerofoil-shaped rudders launched 10 times with the last 3 located at the rear and the height of rescues alone have accounted for the craft’s skirt improves its seaa total of 6 people. keeping and increases its ride height. Until recently, the only method of Once the casualty has been rapid access to these areas has been located, the hovercraft can settle by helicopter, and surface access has alongside and provide a large, been limited to walking, using mud stable platform. The two inflatable mats and crawling boards. sponsons provide stability and New Brighton’s hovercraft is kept additional buoyancy and offer a soft 30 Community Guardians Magazine

Date introduced: 2002​ Launch type:​ From transporter​ Number in fleet:​ 4 at station plus 3 in relief fleet​ Crew:​ 2-4​ Length:​ 6.88m​ Beam/width:​ 3.36m​ Displacement:​ 3.86 tonnes​ Max speed:​ 30 knots​ ​Fuel capacity: ​127 litres ​Range/ endurance: ​3 hours at full speed ​Construction: Marine-grade aluminium with moulded fibre-reinforced composite​ ​Engines: ​ 2 x VW 1.9 turbo diesel Survivor capacity:​ ​ 6

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edge for casualty recovery. The hovercraft carries specialised mud rescue equipment to release a trapped casualty as well as basic first aid equipment. It was great to meet the crew and learn more about the life-saving equipment available to the New Brighton RNLI Crew. I was an enjoyable day, down at New Brighton sea front. At 5pm they were called out to help a kitesurfer with a suspected broken foot on the beach at Wallasey. The inshore hovercraft Hurley Spirit was launched to assist an air ambulance and paramedics who were already at the scene. The casualty was put onto the hovercraft and taken to an ambulance waiting by the hovercraft hanger.

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Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity works with families who have a child with a terminal or life threatening illness. We provide emotional and practical support to families from diagnosis, through treatment and, if needed, through bereavement for as long as the family needs. Our support is free of charge and is offered to the whole family meaning the sick child, parents, siblings and all other family members get tailored support. Our support is offered both at home and at hospital. For the Da Silva family, we provided a mixture of both. Rainbow Trust’s hospital support was invaluable to Joysie Da Silva’s mother Ana. Her daughter Joysie was starved of oxygen at birth and faced a prolonged stay in hospital. From the moment Family Support Worker Alison met the young family she made a difference. Without a car, Ana was relying on public transport to get to and from hospital. Alison started taking the family to hospital appointments so that the time Ana spent travelling was significantly reduced and far less stressful. She also helped by taking Ana’s son, Zion, to school. “I couldn’t spend time with Zion as I couldn’t leave Joysie alone in hospital; it was so difficult doing everything alone. I had such a feeling of relief when I met Alison and she asked me what she could do to help. She’s wonderful to have at hospital appointments, someone else to listen to what the doctor is saying and to be another pair of eyes and hands for my two children. Also, there’s someone to listen to my concerns; it can be very lonely and terrifying being a single mum.” Joysie’s pushchair didn’t fit in the back of a taxi and was too much for Ana to take on a bus. Alison’s Rainbow Trust car was the only vehicle she could use with ease which also had space for all Joysie’s breathing apparatus and suction tubes. “When Joysie started having fits and went in and out of comas over Christmas, Alison was there for us. She came to visit us in the hospital and brought Zion with her, also taking him to school. It was an awful time and I tried to be strong and hope for the best but I wouldn’t have been able to cope if it hadn’t been for Alison’s support.” During the last year Rainbow Trust attended 1,141 hospital appointments nationwide with families and we delivered 23,110 hours of emotional support to families both at home and in the hospital. Rainbow Trust has Family Support teams in Manchester and Cumbria. If you know of a family that would benefit from our support team please call 0161 336 4328 (Manchester), 01539 739 077 (Cumbria) or visit our website:

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ON SHIFT Merseyside Fire and Rescue

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Editor Rob Griffiths goes on Shift with

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Feature: Rob Griffiths

I was really excited when Dan Stephens, the Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, invited me to spend time on shift with the Team at Croxteth.


was to attend any call outs with the Team, riding on one of the appliances. I arrived early on a Saturday morning and was greeted by Ronnie Duffy, who was the Watch Manager that day. Ronnie showed me around, then kitted me out with the full Fire Fighter protective equipment which included gloves and helmet. He introduced me to the on duty Team and explained that Croxteth, as well as being a traditional Fire Station, also served as a Technical Rescue Station, which specialised in skills such as Urban Search and Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Rope Rescue

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Steve has been with the Team at Croxteth for 8 years since its start and was at Birkenhead Fire Station for 20years before that. Steve showed me around the 5 Modules.

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Editor Rob Griffiths prepares to start his shift at Croxteth

and attending Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs). One of the things that I found most interesting, was the inter-agencies that occupied the Croxteth site. The North West Ambulance Service has a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) based on the site. This is the ONLY site in the UK, where the Ambulance HART is actually integrated onto a Fire Station. Ronnie advised that this is a huge advantage as they can train together and learn from each other’s specialisms. The NWAS HART offer specialist Trauma Care training to the Fire Officers and the Fire Officers offer specialist USAR, Confined Space Training and Breathing Apparatus Training to the Paramedics. It is also a huge advantage, that the two Teams got to know each other, which can only help when attending

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Types of call outs The regular fire appliance (Papa 1) attends all fire calls and regular turnouts, the same as any other fire appliance. The second vehicle (Romeo 2) attends all specialist rescue incidents within the County boundary. Those incidents could be, RTC’s (Road Traffic Collisions), Swift Water Rescues, Rescues from Height, Collapsed structure incidents, Confined Space Rescues, Mud or Ice incidents and Large or Small animal Rescues to name a few. The crews of both these appliances are also available as part of the National Resilience Urban Search and Rescueresponse.

The North West Ambulance Service has a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) based on the site. This is the only site of it’s kind in the UK.

Specialisms The crews at Croxteth have specialist skills in addition to their regular Firefighting skills. These specialisms include, Chainsaw Operators, Swift Water Rescue Technicians, Roper Rescue Operators/ Supervisors, Hot Cutting Technicians, Urban Search and Rescue Technicians to name a few. All of the above additional skillsets require the operators to carry various sets of PPE at all times.

Operational incidents. Due to this joint working, a fantastic working relationship has been built. The cohesion was evident, when I was shown the mess room, where NWAS and the on duty fire crew spend time when not training, carrying out community work or attending operational incidents. There was a Quarterly Inspection/ Audit planned at 2pm. This was conducted by Group Manager Chris Case, Station Manager Ian Voce and Station Manager Paul Lawless. During the audit, the station and appliances are checked,

USAR1 Search tools including Cameras which are used for Technical Searching. Small holes are drilled into walls where a suspected casualty is located. The cameras can then be inserted to examine the conditions. This will then determine how to approach the rescue. It also has Listening Devices which include ‘Delsar’ Acoustic Probes. Again, these can be lowered down holes or inserted into walls to detect signs of life,. They also have a microphone attached so that 2 way conversations can take place with the trapped casualty. During the conversation, the operator will speak with the casualty and determine what injuries they have and what hazards there are where they are trapped. This information will assist the rescuer in determining the structure of the rescue and also reassurance can be given that the Fire Service is instigating their rescue. There is some timber loaded onto USAR1 which is used for initial shoring of structures.

all paperwork and training records are inspected to ensure that they are up to date. All of the 5 USAR modules are constantly on charge, so all the equipment is fully prepared and charged in anticipation of a call out to an incident. There is a huge amount of equipment carried on the modules to assist the crews at various types of incidents. The equipment will assist the crews to cut through Walls, Concrete, metal, Ceilings and Floors. There are 2 ways to create holes in concrete, The creation of these holes are called ‘breaches’ There is a ‘Clean Breach’ and a ‘Dirty Breach’. A ‘Clean Breach’ is when the area behind where they are making the hole, is unstable or there is a casualty located in that area. There are a series of Triangle shaped holes made with a drill bit, then this is chipped away until the breach can be made. This can be very time consuming, but

USAR2 Full of Heavy Lifting Equipment including 100ton Jacks. There are also ‘Go Jacks’ which can be used to easily move Cars. There is a Thermal Lance which can even cut under water. There is ‘LOBO’ Scaffolding which can be erected. There are ‘Zelweger’ Gas Monitoring Equipment which can determine the air quality of confined spaces. There is a also ventilation pumps, which can pump fresh air into such confined spaces. There are also 3 Generators (x2 6kw and x1 3kw) to run the kit on site. USAR3 A lot of heavy Breaking Equipment is transported to breaking into buildings etc. Chainsaws which are capable of cutting through concrete and steel are carried. There is also ‘Dewalt’ timber shoring equipment. Massive Airbags are carried which can be inflated and are easily capable of lifting up a Train! Steve advised with the amount of kit used, its a ‘Builders Paradise’! There are Laser Levels and Nail Guns. The USAR3 Operators are skilled in building work stations, which can be used on sites where its likely to be a lot of timber shoring to be done. There are a lot of tools, drills and saws for timber shoring. USAR4 A Bobcat is carried which is used to transport the kit on the Modules which is palletised. The Bobcat can also carry loads of rubble. USAR4 also doubles as a skip, which again can be used to carry rubble away from an incident USAR5 Full of Timber and Timber Shoring Equipment


ON SHIFT Merseyside Fire and Rescue

Car Extrication Half way through my shift, my Shift Manager Ronnie, suggested getting me involved in a training exercise and I was eager to know what it was. We made our way down to the training area and there was a car. Ronnie suggested that they practice a car extrication, where I would sit in the drivers seat and they would simulate a scenario, where they would attend the scene of a road traffic accident and basically cut the roof off the car and extract me. This sounded allot of fun, so I jumped into the front seat and waited for the exercise to begin. I sat there for a few moments, then I heard the sirens and the fire engine arrived. The team jumped out and a Fire Officer got into the back seat behind me, whilst another started placing protective plastic over me to protect me from any flying debris. The Fire Officer behind me in the back seat, held my neck to save any further injury and was also asking me questions to assess my injuries, but also giving me reassurance that I would be ok. The other Officers then smashed all the windows, crying out ‘breaking glass!’ before smashing each window. With the

Typical Day Schedule 8:30 shift starts Checks on Appliances until 9:30 Break at 10am. Training on core skills (ladders/pumps etc) until Lunch at 1300 Lunch until 1400 - SSRI Training (Site Specific Risk Inspection) which is attending local sites to check smoke alarms and building up a profile of hazardous obstacles which helps build up risk profiles of the sites. This is uploaded onto a profile of the site, including photos which can help map out the site. This can be used if there is ever an incident. Evening: Lectures/Training

takes into account the vulnerable casualty on the other side. The preferred, where possible, is the ‘Dirty Breach’ which is where Chainsaws and Concrete Cutting Equipment can be used to smash through the Wall/Floor/Ceiling really quickly. There is a great training area in Croxteth, as the station is on the same site as Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s Training Development Academy. I was invited to the USAR training rig to try some Abseiling. Steve, Jim and Mark were in charge of the ropes and the speed of my descent. Niamh made sure that my

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windows smashed, they then proceeded to cut the roof off the car with a hydraulic cutter and again shouting ‘Cutting!’ just before each huge snap, as they cut into the car to get the roof off. All of the Officers took an edge of the roof and lifted it off. They then pulled me carefully backwards onto a stretcher board and carried me out of the car and placed me on the floor. All of the Officers then had a recap meeting to evaluate how long it took and how it went. I must admit, it was quite a scary experience as it was so realistic. I also felt reassurance, that anyone in a car crash could rely on this team turning up quickly and getting them out so quickly and efficiently. Ronnie explained that they have a training budget and they buy cars to practice on from a local source. The cars arrive, minus all liquids, like oil and water etc. I felt honoured that they would include me in their training exercise with their limited resources and I would like to say a big THANK YOU for the experience and hope I never go through it ever again.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Dan Stephen’s for giving me this opportunity and also to Ronnie Duffy, who looked after me all day

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harness was secured properly. I was instructed to step outside the rail, then lean back. Once in the sitting position, to spread my legs and tiptoe on the wall. I was then slowly lowered down. I reached the bottom and then proceeded back up the wall, which was much harder than the descent! Jim suggested on my final descent, that they let me down a little quicker! I went down half the wall in a flash!

Ronnie Duffy, Shift Manage r I surprised myself, as I’m not great with heights. I spent 12 hours in total on shift with the Team and it was a fantastic experience. I met a lot of funny and interesting characters and was made to feel very welcome. Ronnie did leave an open invitation to come back and do another shift, so we may do a follow up for the next edition. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Dan Stephens for giving me this opportunity and also to Ronnie Duffy, who looked after me all day, it was an amazing experience.

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aul joined Greater serious operational issues could be Manchester Police over sorted out if they have more support three years ago, also serving from the political world. Police officers over twelve years as a have to do the right thing and need Councillor in Stockport. He feels that to be supported by those in positions the two roles are compatible as the of power in government nationally’. prime benefits are to serve the local Our government must allow officers to community, and the residents who police properly without interference. live in that community to the best He heard once that a Councillors role of his ability. He came to the police to serve the community was described from a commercial marketing/sales as ‘pavement politics’ – an officers background, serving many years role should therefore be allowed once in the advertising and recycling again to be described as ‘pavement industries – this has been a great policing’. This is happening now as the plus point in understanding how he continuity by local neighbourhood can work well to beat managers benefit the people local officers have is returning to that he serves. police – the told me that serious the Paul spoke local ‘bobby on operational issues the beat’ if you to Community Guardians could be sorted out like. Plus, police Magazine: “people police if they have more officers, have told me in community support from the support officers, both the council and the police housing political world. that I am probably associations, mad to do both these roles, but once councillors, and local councils are they have understood the similarities all working together in partnership of the situations I come across, it to achieve the aim serve the local does make explaining the connection community better. between the roles a little easier. When In council, we should be looking I joined GMP I did not want to work at reducing wasteful ‘environmental’ in Stockport division as it could be schemes and cutting out waste such a conflict of interest, but the main as promotions and marketing which reason was that I didn’t want to be can be handled by outside sources. I bringing two lots of local work home come from a marketing background, on or to my doorstep!” and understand its importance, but Although his own role as a PCSO is in these times, council front line supposed to be a non confrontational services have to be protected first. one (or so they say!) he has seen The police are a vital part of that front how fellow officers have to deal line service, which we all help to fund with serious outbreaks of violence, through council tax. especially domestic issues, and The Home Secretary has stated witnessed for himself difficult that the police need to ‘retain the problems with anti social behaviour. confidence of the wider community He says ‘local officers have told me that by taking robust action in the face of 38 Community Guardians Magazine

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