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EMR and Emergency Services collaborate to enhance waterfront safety

Olivia Healey

Fire team during rescue training
Fire team during rescue training

Global leader in sustainable materials EMR has joined forces with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Port of Liverpool Police to conduct a series of joint safety training and drills aimed at enhancing safety protocols for Businesses operating within the Port of Liverpool.

The training includes different situations including how to rescue someone from the water, dealing with emergencies at heights and simulating fires.

EMR also provided Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service with access to end-of-life Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) for their new recruits to practice diverse Road Traffic Collision (RTC) scenarios within a safe and controlled setting.

The collaboration with EMR has enabled local emergency services crews to foster joint working practices, fostering a deeper understanding of the various roles, responsibilities and capabilities of responders.

The focus of the most recent – highly successful – exercise was to promote efficient lines of communication, information sharing and decision-making, practised in life-like situations by all emergency services.

Working at waterside locations is an important part of EMR’s business. As well as exporting and importing low carbon, sustainable materials around the world as part of a circular supply chain for recycled steel, aluminium, copper, and other essential metals, EMR’s global operations includes the recycling of decommissioned aircraft carriers, marine structures and vessels of any size. This partnership is an important step in supporting the safety of EMR teams.

Chris Barrett, Group Manager at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: “This has been a great opportunity for operational firefighters to train in a realistic scenario – especially with Heavy Goods Vehicles, as we don’t often have access to them for training purposes.

“It is important for us to train for incidents involving heavy industry equipment, on the specific waterside location, to ensure we are prepared for any risk.

“Close partnership working is one of the best ways we can prevent incidents before they happen, and we are pleased to be working with EMR and the Port Police to maintain and improve safety and operational response.”

Andrew Conroy, General Manager at EMR Liverpool Alexandra Docks said: “The safety risks associated with operating at a waterside site, such as Liverpool Alexandra Docks, are something EMR takes extremely seriously and I’m incredibly proud of the successful partnership our business has forged with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“EMR continues to invest in measures to improve safety, wherever possible, and I’d like to congratulate both my team and the emergency services who attended our most recent training session on their professionalism, diligence, and decision-making throughout.

“Obviously ‘999’ is a number that none of us hopes we will ever have to call, but to know that we are ready for any emergency that could occur at the waterside allows our teams to carry out their daily tasks with confidence that their safety is of primary importance.

“I look forward to continuing this partnership in the future and to sharing the lessons learned from these exercises with our colleagues across the UK.”