One Vision Housing team up with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

One Vision Housing (OVH) will be teaming up with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 27th June to improve high-rise fire procedures.

Later this month Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will tackle a simulated fire at Irlam House on Church Walk in Bootle. Owned by OVH, Irlam House is currently uninhabited, and will provide a unique opportunity for the fire service to carry out such a major exercise.

In addition to nearly two dozen fire and support vehicles, and around 200 participants taking part, TV and media representatives may also be in attendance as this has proven to be quite a high profile training opportunity.

The exercise will take place between 10:30am – 2:30pm Thursday 27th June and a small amount of fake smoke will appear on an upper floor for visual effect, but there will be no actual fire.

Group Manager for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Gary Oakford said:

‘This is a great opportunity for us to carry out a large exercise in a realistic setting. While the risk of a serious fire in a high rise building in Merseyside is low thanks in large part to our preventative work in the community, the Grenfell Tower tragedy is a constant reminder of what can happen when those risks become real. 

With this exercise we aim to test current procedures and national guidance, ensuring that they are robust, effective and fit for the future. We would like to thank the local community and One Vison Housing for giving us the opportunity to carry out this exercise which will ultimately keep everyone in Merseyside safer.’ 

A spokesman from One Vision Housing said: 

‘We are delighted to support such an important exercise and continue our successful partnership working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. This training will help ensure the safety of our customers and the wider community in the future.’ 

Local residents in the area are encouraged to avoid parking at Church Gardens on the day of the exercise.

If you have any enquiries or concerns please contact the Merseyside Fire & Rescue them at or phone on freephone 0800 731 5958.