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NEWS ROUNDUP: Firefighters deployed to Greece & selfless student scoops scholarships

 

Edge Hill University rewards selfless student with two scholarships and Merseyside firefighter deployed to Greece.

Merseyside firefighters are among those deployed to Greece as wildfires continue to devastate parts of the country.

The fires are largely due to the country’s most severe heatwave in 30 years, with temperatures soaring to more than 40 degrees centigrade in some areas.

The team is made up of firefighters from Merseyside, Lancashire, London, South Wales, West Midlands and NRAT (National Resilience Assurance Team) Officers. They are expected to fly to Athens today.

The deployment comes following a formal request to the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Resilience team from the Home Secretary to give operational assistance to Greece.

The team will be led by officers from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) – the lead authority for National Resilience – and will be overseen by MFRS’ Deputy Chief Fire Officer Nick Searle in his lead role for National Resilience.

The team of experts will be deployed alongside their Greek counterparts in tactical firefighting. Any team sent is entirely self-sufficient; ensuring that no additional burden is placed upon a country already suffering demands on its resources when faced with the aftermath of sudden onset disasters.

Selfless student scholarships 
A first year student has been awarded two Edge Hill University scholarships after creating PPE for NHS staff. David Gardner decided to help when he saw workers with little or no Protective Equipment during the first wave of the pandemic.
His actions have been rewarded with an Excellence Scholarship for volunteering and citizenship and the Adam Bell Scholarship for dedication and compassion.
Liverpool Theatre Festival

More details have been announced about Liverpool's Theatre Festival, happening in September. Four new family friendly shows have been added to the line up to give youngsters a taste of live performance outdoors at St Luke's.


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