European Maritime Day – ‘Operation Manta’

This morning it was over to the Cruise Liner Terminal in Liverpool to watch the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services, including RAF Valley Sea King Helicopter carry out ‘Operation Manta’.   The operation simulated a fire on board the Mersey Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ and once called in, all the emergency services sprang into action, launches, jet skis, water canon, helicopter, the works.    What a great performance, and if there ever is a need for a response, it could not be better than from  from MF&RS.   Well done to all the services who took part.

World Firefighters Games

Last night I attended the ‘Next Host Night’ for the World Firefighter Games held at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.    All this week, Liverpool has been host to the games, however in 2010 Daegu in Korea will be the hosts.  

The evening was extremely well attended by about 1,000 people from all over the world, competitors, guests, visitors all mixing and learning about each others cultures.   The next hosts from Daegu put on traditional Korean entertainment, musical, theatrical and martial arts.   All in all a very enjoyable evening.