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Fire: Firefighters issue heatwave plea

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WITH a heatwave set to hit Greater Manchester today, firefighters want everyone to enjoy the good weather safely by taking care around open waters and barbecues. 

Parts of the county are forecast to soar above 30 degrees celsius over the next 24 hours and while it may be tempting to cool off with a dip in a lake or reservoir, the consequences could be deadly. 


The sunshine will doubtless lead to more barbecues and over the past few months, the county has seen a number of barbecue-related incidents so firefighters are now asking people to take extra care to ensure they stay safe.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “As the weather heats up it’s nice to enjoy outdoor space with family and friends and while we don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves, we want people to stay safe.

“Last year our specialist water rescue units attended nearly 140 incidents where people had got into difficulty in or around water.  

“This is often due to people trying to swim in lakes or...

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Fire: Landlord handed prison sentence for failing to keep his tenants safe

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A LANDLORD who allowed his tenants to live in a flat without even basic fire safety precautions for three years has been sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.

Javed Waraich, 53, of Lloyd Street South, Manchester was sentenced at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court today, June 26, 2015.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £18,000 prosecution costs within 12 months.

The court heard how officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) first visited Mr Wariach’s property on Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, in 2011.

Officers found there was no working smoke alarm, bedrooms without fire doors, a locked escape route, no fire extinguishers and no emergency lighting.  

Mr Wariach pleaded guilty to these breaches and was fined £9,259 during a hearing in Manchester Magistrates Court on November 7, 2012.    

But even after being prosecuted Mr Wariach failed to carry out the work necessary to make his property safe to live in – to date this work has...

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Fire: Landmark fire safety prosecution lands shisha bar managers in jail

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BOSSES and workers at a shisha bar, which posed so much danger to the public it had to be demolished, have been sentenced at a hearing in Manchester Crown Court.

The Oasis Lounge on Great Jackson Street, Hulme, was torn down after bosses flouted a Prohibition Notice banning people from entering the building for over a month.  

Despite being made aware of safety concerns by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) the shisha bar continued to trade, putting customers’ lives at risk.

Sentencing the six defendants, His Honour Judge Michael Leeming, said: “Those people who invested money in this enterprise put profit before the safety of the paying public.

“It was good fortune rather than good management that no fire took place. Had there been a fire the risk to life would have been catastrophic, with hundreds of panicking people heading to one or two exits in an unfamiliar building.”

Wali Yaqub aged 35, of Mauldeth Road, Burnage was sentenced to 19 months in prison in his absence after to...

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Fire: GMFRS helps Manchester residents have a special day out

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HUNDREDS of lonely pensioners were given a day out to remember thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and its partners. 

The group of Manchester residents were sent on a trip out on the West coast of England on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 

GMFRS staff in Manchester work closely with a number of agencies, including Age Friendly and Northwards Housing.  And it is thanks to the strong relationships with partners that a group of 250 people – some who don’t have any close family members or friends – have enjoyed a day in Southport. 


Ahead of the outing, community safety staff from GMFRS made up goodie bags for the older people containing items such as safety leaflets, pedometers and hand warmers. 

The convoy of coaches left Victoria Square in Manchester at 10am and were waved off by GMFRS staff including firefighters from Manchester Central Fire Station and also the Service’s mascot, Cracker. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are...

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Fire: Ramadan 2015

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging local Muslim communities to take care over the next month as they begin the period of Ramadan.

Ramadan, which is one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar, started yesterday (Thursday, June 18, 2015).

During this time those who observe Ramadan will fast for 30 days and then celebrate by cooking food before sunrise (Sehri) of after sunset (Iftar).

Head of Prevention, Area Manager Wayne Shields, said: “We would like to wish our Muslim communities of Greater Manchester a very happy Ramadan. 

“We would advise you to take extra care during the times of Sehri and Iftar.  As families prepare food at these times it is important to keep vigilant against fire hazards in the home.

“There are a number of steps which you can take to help prevent fires in the home which include having a working smoke alarm, switching off cookers and hobs when not in use and keeping loose clothing tied back when cooking.

“If you don’t have a working smoke alarm at home, please get in touch with our Contact...

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Fire: Tameside businesses pay price for fire failings

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TWO businessmen have paid the price for ignoring fire safety and allowing people to live in fire traps.

On Tuesday, June 9, Ceyam Rahman, aged 24, of Withington Road, Whalley Range, pleaded guilty to seven offences and was hit with fines and costs totalling £9,759 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecution followed a multi-agency swoop on Ray’s Off Licence on Denton Road in December 2013, which found that the building was a death trap.

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Fire safety officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) visited the premises with officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Tameside Council as part of Operation Phoenix.

Three men, including Rahman, were arrested and later released. Officers found that there was a flat above the licence that was accessed from a rear store room that had no proper fire protection.

There were three bedrooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen with the only cooking facilities being a portable gas stove with the attached butane cylinder being stored upside down.

There was no...

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Fire: GMFRS Chaplain and volunteer receives MBE in birthday honours

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A SALVATION Army major who has dedicated his life to helping firefighters across the UK has been made Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Major Nigel Tansley has deployed his Salvation Army Catering Unit to around 500 incidents across the North West of England – handing out more than 70,000 Mars Bars and countless cups of tea to grateful firefighters.

Since 2002 Major Tansley has led a team of 120 volunteers who respond to fires and other emergencies to provide welfare for firefighters, police officers and paramedics.

But Major Tansley doesn’t just hand out Mars Bars, he lends his ears to staff across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) having served as the Service’s lead Chaplain for 12 years.

During his time as GMFRS Chaplain, Major Tansley has helped hundreds of firefighters bear witness to terrible suffering.

He said: “I have worked with fire services, on and off, since 1977 and have counted it a joy and privileged.

“I have been...

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Fire: GMFRS Celebrates National Volunteering Week

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VOLUNTEERS for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and their achievements will be celebrated at a special thank-you event this Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Since the GMFRS Volunteer Scheme began in 2008 volunteers have donated over 200,000 hours to the Service.

The event at the Service’s Training and Development Centre in Manchester will see a host of speakers and workshops being held before an award ceremony for volunteers in the afternoon.

The conference is the culmination of a week of activities which will be held across Greater Manchester to celebrate National Volunteering Week.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our volunteering scheme has gone from strength to strength.

“We have group of extremely dedicated people who perform roles from community safety and looking after our caged soccer units to the vital work our Post Incident Teams carry out.

“This week is about saying thank-you to these fantastic people and celebrating the wonderful work they carry...

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Fire: Fire, police and council link up to change young lives in Salford

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A PIONEERING project to steer young people away from crime and improve their lives has been launched in Salford. 

As part of its ongoing transformation journey Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is working closely with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Salford City Council (SCC) to bring a new approach to the way local youngsters and their families in Salford are supported. 

The latest transformation project, known as Salford Integrated Prevention Hub (SIPH), comes after GMFRS, with the assistance of partners, was successful in securing a Government bid when £0.49million was granted to improve youth systems and available services.  

The funding secured in 2014 has been complemented by over £0.5million of support through the use of existing staff from the three partners. 

Across Salford there are four hubs, where teams made up of existing staff and new recruits from a range of backgrounds are working from.  The hubs are located at Eccles Fire Station, Swinton Police Station, Little...

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Fire: Dementia Buddy campaign launches in Wigan

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PEOPLE living with dementia will have a better quality of life thanks to electronic devices that they will be offered in the coming months. 

A number of organisations have joined together to help the many people living with dementia in Wigan by building on a campaign brought to life by a local charity, with an official launch event taking place during Dementia Awareness Week. 

Wigan councillor Mark Aldred, who founded Good Deeds Trust with his wife Karen and mother Hillary, has been working closely with Wigan Alzheimer’s Society since 2010 offering support to those affected by dementia and already delivers cafes that are also open to family members and carers. 

Working with Wigan Alzheimer’s Society and dementia sufferers the charity identified a number of devices known as Guardian Angels, including wristbands, badges and keyrings, which have been trialled with 400 people through a dementia workshop in Atherton. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has since contributed £17.5k to support the life-changing cause and...

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