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Fire: Hero firefighter honoured for saving suicidal man from Manchester's Big Wheel

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A HERO firefighter who saved a suicidal man who was clinging to the Big Wheel in Manchester City Centre has been honoured for his efforts.

Firefighter Greg Rostern, a member of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Technical Response Unit, was presented with a Certificate of Outstanding Performance during a ceremony at Ashton Fire Station, yesterday August 26, 2015.

On September 18, 2014, Greg and his colleagues on Blue Watch were called to the Big Wheel in Piccadilly Gardens.

The crew found a man clinging to the leg of the wheel 30 metres above the ground and Firefighter Rostern was tasked with climbing up to try and rescue him.

After 30 minutes of slow climbing Firefighter Rostern reached the man, who was extremely drunk and abusive towards him.

Despite the obvious danger, Firefighter Rostern was unwavering in his duty and managed to attach a rescue harness to the man and secure him to the structure.

Firefighter Rostern then had to spend 60 minutes secured to the Big...

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Fire: Around 15,000 people enjoy record-breaking 999 day

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A RECORD-BREAKING number of visitors flocked to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) 2015 Emergency Services Day at intu Trafford Centre yesterday.

Despite the unseasonal weather, around 15,000 people attended the fifth annual event of its kind, which ran from 10am until 4pm on Thursday, August 6.


The day featured a range of displays and demonstrations by the emergency services and various other supporting agencies from Greater Manchester and beyond.

The Orient car park was flooded with all kinds of vehicles – from vintage police cars to the most modern firefighting appliances – various stalls, equipment displays and children’s games.

Mayor of Trafford, Councillor John Holden, officially opened the event as GMFRS’ Assistant County Fire Officer Paul Argyle, GMP’s Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and Vice-Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Tommy...

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Fire: Poland welcomes GMFRS cadets for international games

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CADETS from Ramsbottom, Farnworth and Hollins made their mark on the city of Opole in Poland at the 20th International Meeting of Youth Fire Brigades.


The Olympic-style event took place over six days from Sunday, July 19, 2015, when cadets from across Europe and as far as Japan joined together to compete in various fire and rescue themed events.

After arriving in Poland, the cadets attended an opening ceremony on Monday, July 20, where the games torch was lit to mark the official opening of the event.

The next two days were spent practising for the competition and on Thursday, July 23, the team took part in an obstacle course and 400m relay.

Their training paid off as the cadets achieved their best ever time in both the obstacle course and relay on the day of the competition.


On the penultimate day the team performed their rendition of S Club 7’s Reach for the Stars at the Performance of Nations alongside groups from all the other FRSs. In true Olympic style, the event finished with a closing ceremony on the final...

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Fire: Firefighters save public over one billion pounds in one year

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester saved the public over one billion pounds last year, according to research showing the impact of emergency responses.

Data recorded by firefighters for a Cost Benefit Analysis study also revealed that for every £1 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) spent on responding to fires, £18 was saved in lives and property.


As part of the study, which took place between April 2014 and March 2015, firefighters were asked to assess each primary fire they attended and record information about lives saved and estimates about the potential for fires spreading within the affected and adjoining properties.

According to the report, GMFRS is estimated to have saved Greater Manchester £224.2m in lives, £371.8m in property saved where a fire occurred and a further £672.5m in neighbouring properties that would have been damaged by the spread of fire if firefighters hadn’t attended. The total amount saved was a staggering £1.27bn in just one year.

Chairman of Greater Manchester...

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Fire: GMFRS welcomes calls to expand the public health workforce

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) calling on the wider workforce to support efforts to improve the nation’s health.

Rethinking the Public Health Workforce identifies workers from across the public and private sectors that could contribute to keeping people safe and well in their communities. 

The report also identifies a number of occupations who have already begun to support public health work including fire and rescue services across the country.  

As well as carrying out 67,000 Home Safety Checks a year GMFRS has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to form a new team called Community Risk Intervention.

The team has been responding to cardiac arrests, concerns for welfare, installing falls reduction equipment and helping people to reduce risk in their homes.

The project has the potential to save the public purse over £3.2million every year by giving people increased...

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Fire: Hundreds of families attend Jewish safety event in Prestwich

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HUNDREDS of people shared in the success of an event at Prestwich’s Jewish community centre – aimed at providing safety advice to families and businesses.


Around 600 visitors attended the safety day on Sunday, July 12, organised by Bury Community Fire Station’s fire safety team in conjunction with the centre.

The team took along two fire engines and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) community event vehicle, which played music and videos to attract the crowds.

The driving simulator was also there to give visitors a chance to test their driving skills and find out how factors such as alcohol affect your capabilities.

GMFRS staff were joined by officers from the Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing Team and an officer from the off-road team with a quad bike.

Mascot Cracker make an appearance, supported by three GMFRS volunteers who were available to assist the teams in providing business and home fire safety advice, and members of the Talent and Resourcing Team were also there to talk to...

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Fire: Commemoration of 30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres

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TODAY marks the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial at 8pm (BST+1) and firefighters from across the globe have been invited to Belgium to mark the occasion or organise events locally on station.

The Menin Gate Memorial was dedicated in 1927 and bears the names of 53,000 servicemen missing in Flanders.

Every night at 8pm buglers from the local fire brigade close the road that passes beneath the memorial and sound the Last Post. 

Except during German occupation during World War II when it took place at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, to this day the ceremony has continued uninterrupted since July 1928.

Stations across Stockport Borough are marking the event tonight ate and would like to invite everyone to join in with the commemoration.

A short ceremony will involve the lowering of the GMFRS Flag to half-mast while a bugler plays the Last Post, after which a minute’s silence will be observed and the flag returned to full-mast.

Stockport, Whitehill and Cheadle fire stations...

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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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