Phil Garrigan is the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service with corporate responsibility for Strategic Planning, Community Risk Management, People Organisational development, Equality &Diversity and Collaboration and Station Change & Resources.
Phil joined Merseyside in 1990 and during that time has served at a variety of Community Fire Stations – working in some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable and deprived communities. He brings a strong community focus to the Service and recognising the unique position of trust and respect in which the FRS is held, has used this and the professionalism of Merseyside FRS staff to tackle the real underlying factors which affect risk.
Phil now leads on CFOA’s Children and Young People programme.
Phil is married with two lovely children – well they are lovely most of the time!
BEING PART OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S DEVELOPMENT GROUP"I have been part of the Young People's Development Group (YPDG) for over a year and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. Being able to input my ideas and have a say on what will be an incredible facility for young people has been such an amazing part of my life, it has been an opportunity that I am so grateful for. I have done things that I never thought I would have had the confidence to do, such as interviewing staff and speaking in public, rapping with John Barnes and even being on the hoardings in Birkenhead. The YPDG has helped me in lots of ways from gaining friends and accessing support to increasing my confidence. Our YPDG is like a family, we all support each other through the good and bad times and it has been amazing and I really do look forward to having the opportunity to access the Youth Zone. Seeing the Youth Zone develop and incorporate the ideas of the YPDG is crazy, and it makes me proud to know that I have been a part of this, and that I have been able to put my ideas forward and help to design and amazing facility for us." Alex Tolond