Liverpool to be first to turn red fire engines ‘Samaritans’ green

Samaritans has unveiled its first branded fire engines. Liverpool Samaritans has worked with Merseyside Fire and Rescue to create two fire engines which proudly display the charity’s logo and phone number.

It’s the first time a local authority has come together to jointly fund a project to raise awareness about Samaritans, and the lifeline it offers to anyone who is struggling to cope and needs help.

Samaritans Liverpool & Merseyside Development Manager, Rachel Howley said: “It’s OK to not be OK and we want people, who reach a crisis, to know they can call on the Samaritans, day and night, if they’re struggling to cope.

“Getting that message out there is so important and that’s why we’re so grateful to Merseyside Fire and Rescue for allowing Samaritans to feature on their fire engines. It’s a great partnership - as organisations with a common goal of rescuing people in need - it makes perfect sense for us to work together”.

Fire stations are at the heart of all communities across Liverpool and their fire engines are regularly seen out and about attending incidents. By advertising the charity’s services, it’ll help remind people it’s important to talk about mental health and ask for help when needed.

Group Manager Mark Thomas from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said “Our crews and our appliances are active in our communities every single day of the year.  We’re very proud to work alongside Samaritans, highlighting their work and raising awareness of the invaluable service they provide to people within those communities when they are most in need of help.”

The fire engines are expected to display the Samaritans adverts for eight years. 

  • Picture caption: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Samaritans branded fire engines and crews; Samaritans Liverpool & Merseyside Development Manager, Rachel Howley & Group Manager Mark Thomas from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service; Merseyside Fire & Rescue Samaritans branded fire engines introduced on Liverpool’s streets

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Editors notes:

  • Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.
  • Samaritans responds to more than 5 million calls for help a year.
  • Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.  Your money or your time could save a life. Find out how you can support us: http://www.samaritans.org/support-us