Fire crews focus on heritage buildings

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Town Hall was one of the heritage buildings visited.

Town Hall was one of the heritage buildings visited.

Liverpool fire crews are working with the owners of heritage buildings to maximise efficiency in emergency responses.

Liverpool is one of eight European cities to get involved with the HeriProt project, which will last three years. Liverpool will host a two-day conference this Thursday and Friday at the Crowne Plaza at the Pier Head to focus on contingency planning.

Liverpool fire crews are visiting heritage buildings across the city to assess how they can primarily save lives but also the building itself.

Director of National Museums Liverpool Dr David Fleming told the Liverpool Daily Post: “If there was any kind of disaster in one of the museums we would want to make sure all the visitors and staff were safe, first and foremost, but in somewhere like the Walker Art Gallery the contents are so incredibly rare and valuable.”

St George’s Hall, the Town Hall, the Cunard building and Royal Liver Building have all been visited as part of the project.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan told the Liverpool Daily Post: “In Liverpool we’ve got some significant world heritage on our doorstep. We want to be better placed to protect it.”

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