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Don't be the one who watched their mate drown this summer

We have 180 reservoirs across the North West, many in beautiful locations. We’d love you to visit your local site, but please, stay out of the water.

Not everyone knows reservoirs are dangerous. Reservoirs may look inviting, especially on a hot day, but they are about the worst possible places to take a swim.

The water never really gets above 11°C, there’s hidden machinery and that there’s no lifeguard on duty.

Not many people know that if they jump in, they won’t be able to get out.

That they won’t be able to breathe. That they won’t be able to scream.

And that there’ll be no one coming to save them.

But if you did know, you might think twice about letting your mates take the plunge.

Because none of us want to be the one who let our mate jump in.

The one who couldn’t do anything to help.

The one who had to stand there and watch them drown.

Don’t let them go in. Reservoirs are beautiful, but deadly.

Need more convincing? Please take a few minutes to take a look at this video content. Not all of it is an easy watch, but it certainly brings home the risks and the human tragedy that can result from taking the plunge.

Teens speak

“My mate nearly died”. In these candid interviews, teens tell all about peer pressure at the reservoir.

Remembering Dylan

Dylan Ramsay was a fit, healthy teenager, and a strong swimmer. He tragically drowned in 2011, after swimming in a quarry in Lancashire. In this emotional film, Dylan’s mum Beckie recounts the day she lost her son.

A paramedic’s story

Many of our reservoirs are in remote locations, which means help can’t always arrive immediately. This paramedic from North West Air Ambulance Service shares his story.

Please stay safe and stay out of reservoirs.

The public version of the 2018 Merseyside Community Risk Register has been uploaded onto Merseyside Prepared.  Click here to download a copy.

Merseyside Police is urging the public to help the Police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives.

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form: www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the Police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously.

In an emergency always call 999.

What should I report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life.

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include:

Research

  • Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism?
  • Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology?
  • Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?
  • Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?

Gathering materials

  • Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?
  • If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?
  • Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?
  • Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials

  • Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?
  • Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance

  • Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?

 Financing

  • Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

 If you’d like more information visit www.gov.uk/ACT or follow Counter Terrorism Policing on social media:

The British Red Cross have launched a Community Reserve Volunteer initiative which aims to recruit a pre-registered reserve force of volunteers who will be able to assist their community in the event of a major local emergency.

As the devastating terror attacks in Manchester and London and most recently the Grenfell Tower fire have shown, when a crisis hits there is often an outpouring of support from individuals offering to help in any way they can.  This project provides a way of harnessing that goodwill, and gives members of the public a practical way to use their kindness, skills and local knowledge to help others, carrying out practical tasks, as a coordinated part of the overall response. By pre-registering, members of the public will be contacted as soon as extra help is needed. Volunteers can choose on a case-by-case basis whether they wish to help out, and are fully insured and managed by the Red Cross.

For further information read the frequently asked questions below:

WHY DO WE NEED COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEERS?

When a major crisis hits, members of the public are often quick to offer their support.

By recruiting community reserve volunteers, the British Red Cross can harness the goodwill of the public in advance of a crisis, so that when an emergency happens, those registered in that area can play an active and immediate role in helping. 

WHO CAN BECOME A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER?

Anyone who wants to help in a crisis, as long as they are over 18 and living in the UK.

WHAT SORT OF SKILLS DOES A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER NEED?

No special skills are required. 

WHAT WILL A COMMUNITY RESERVE VOLUNTEER DO DURING AN EMERGENCY?

A community reserve volunteer will be contacted via text message and can decide to help or not.  They will be deployed to a determined area and assist regular Red Cross volunteers with practical tasks relevant to the crisis, like preparing kit and equipment, filling sandbags, sorting supplies and making refreshments.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Potential reserves can sign up at this website address www.redcross.org.uk/reserves

They will be able to watch a short training video and start the sign up process.  The sign up process has 18 short steps with a mix of questions about personal information and contact details as well as questions with the aim to inform potential volunteers about the role (what is expected of them, health and safety, etc.).  The entire process should not take more than 10 minutes.

Further details can be obtained from the FAQ's page on the British Red Cross website. 

We recommend that you download the following useful apps for use on your mobile phone:

British Red Cross Emergency App advises of emergencies in your area and contains a range of general advice.

citizenAID App provides advice for actions and first aid in the event of an incident with multiple casualties.

On Monday 1st October, Merseyside Fire & Rescue staff from all departments, including volunteers and elected members joined operational crews and prevention teams to engage with the over 65s across Merseyside. Working together, they made an incredible difference to many people over the course of today by:

Visiting over 1,000 properties

Carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks in 686 properties

Completing 37 High risk interventions 

…all contributory factors in making our communities safer. 37 people in particular are now much safer due to this activity.

Many of these interventions made have the potential to be lifesaving.

Well done everyone!