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Fire: Veteran firefighter Bill marks 90th birthday with special visit to Bury Fire Station

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A VETERAN firefighter and former army officer celebrated his 90th birthday with a visit to Bury Fire Station this week where he reminisced about his time with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

More than 50 years after retiring from Bury County Fire Brigade as it was called then, Bill Waywell donned a fire tunic and helmet and swapped stories with firefighters at the station on Wednesday, July 16.

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His granddaughter Claire arranged the visit as a birthday present for Bill who turned 90 in June.

Bill was a firefighter on Blue Watch at Bury's The Rock fire station for 10 years from the early 1950s to early 1960s after returning from serving in the war as a tank driver.

He has many fond memories of his time at GMFRS - notably the years that his brother Fred worked alongside him before emigrating to Rhodesia.

On Wednesday, Bill and his wife Nellie were given a tour of the station and shown all the memorabilia on display.

Station Manager Mark Threader...

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Fire: Hundreds attend memorial service for Firefighter Stephen Hunt

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HUNDREDS of people attended St Ann's Church today, Sunday July 13, to remember Firefighter Stephen Hunt, who lost his life fighting a fire in Manchester City Centre.

Stephen was part of a team of firefighters responding to a fire in Paul's Hair World, Oldham Street on Saturday July 13, 2013.

Family, friends, colleagues and the public joined together to mark the anniversary of Stephen's during a poignant service at 2pm.

The service was led by the Rector of St Ann's The Reverend Nigel Ashworth with tributes to Stephen read by County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk, Stephen's Watch Manager, Neil Helmrich and his daughter Charlotte Hunt.

Readings were heard by Lord Lieutenant JP Warren Smith, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman, Councillor David Acton and Stephen's Step-Father Wilf Veevers.

Stephen's Watch Manager, Neil Helmrich, said: "We have gathered to remember one person Stephen Alan Hunt a man who loved life, loved the fire service, but most importantly loved his...

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Fire: Firefighting duo thanked by cycling couple after serious collision

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A COUPLE have thanked a firefighting duo who went to their rescue and provided first aid when they were involved in a serious collision while riding their bikes.

Rich Philips and Linda Jennings nominated Stretford Blue Watch Firefighters Kevin Williams and Jim Hutchin for a Wow! Award following the incident on Friday, June 6, 2014.


Left to right are Borough Manager Tony Holt, Linda Jennings, FF Jim Hutchin, FF Kevin Williams and Rich Philips.

The couple were returning from taking part in the Manchester naked bike ride - an event aimed at raising awareness off carbon emissions and cycling - when their bikes collided at around 8.15pm, causing Linda to fly over the handle bars and hit the ground.  

Kevin and Jim were riding an aerial appliance and were returning to Stretford Fire Station from an incident when they spotted the couple.

Jim said: "We saw a bit of a commotion and as we got closer we could see Linda on the floor and I said to Kev 'we're going to have to stop'.


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Fire: Young girl and her mother help GMFRS to keep people safe

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A WOMAN and her young daughter are helping Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to spread life-saving safety messages after the girl's dress caught fire when she was stood close to a gas fire.

Eight-year-old Hadeeka Khan and her mother, Mrs Asma Khan, have shared their experience with GMFRS to help firefighters and community safety staff reinforce just how dangerous loose clothing can be around open fires and cookers.

GMFRS received an emergency call on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to report the fire at the family's home on Butterwick Close in Longsight, Manchester.

Mrs Khan said: "One day during the Easter holidays Hadeeka ran into the kitchen to tell me that she felt really hot - I noticed straight away that the back of her maxi dress was on fire so grabbed a jacket and smothered the fire to put it out, before calling 999.

"Hadeeka now has burns on her legs and says she is scared of fire and doesn't like anything that makes her feel hot."


This incident is just one of a handful...

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Fire: Safer driving campaign in Bolton proves a success

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COLLEGE students were left stunned yesterday when they witnessed the effects of antisocial driving at an event to mark the end of a community safety campaign in Bolton.

Around 100 students from Bolton College took part in workshops with firefighters, police officers and community safety staff before joining guests and dignitaries to watch crews cut 'casualties' out of an overturned car.


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The event at Bolton Central Fire Station was the culmination of months of community work, events and campaigning to help reduce antisocial driving in the town following a number of serious accidents. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Bolton Council of Mosques (BCoM), Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council teamed up for the campaign around six months ago - thanks to funding from the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner.

Since then, the agencies have carried out a series of events at mosques across...

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Fire: Firefighters in Atherton help Finley's dream come true

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FIREFIGHTERS in Atherton helped make a dream come true for a brave little boy with a life limiting heart condition.

Thanks to compassionate Green Watch fire crews, four-year-old Finley Shaw arrived in style when he was mascot at Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club - pulling up to the ground in a fire engine for the game against Barrow Raiders.

Finley has hypo plastic left heart syndrome, which means he has half a heart and despite his tender years he has already had several open heart surgeries.

During his last operation he suffered a stroke which has left him suffering from seizures and before his next operation in October - his family have been working to make his wishes come true.

Mum Nicola Shaw said: "Finley has always wanted to sit in a fire engine, so to ride to Leigh Sports Village ahead of being a mascot for the day for the Centurions really was a dream come true for him.

"I can't thank Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) enough, they were so good with him, he got to squirt...

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Fire: MBE celebration for Watch Manager John Cartwright

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A WATCH manager from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

John Cartwright, who works at Agecroft Fire Station, has received the award for his services to the fire and rescue service.

He said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out - I think that's why it's been so easy keeping it a secret. I had to see it in black and white before I believed it!"

John joined GMFRS in 1989 and has worked at Broughton, Agecroft and Salford fire stations before taking a role at headquarters with youth engagement.

However, his work with children and young people has gone on over many years - he set up the first cadet unit at Broughton Fire Station 19 years ago and hasn't looked back.

"I had never done anything in relation to youth work before but it becomes a bug - in a nice way," said John.

"You see a real difference in the kids from when they start the cadets to when they leave, it's amazing. Parents come up and tell you what a difference it makes and it...

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Fire: Two Tameside firms fined for flouting fire safety regulations

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TWO Tameside businesses who flouted fire safety regulations at their premises in Ashton-under-Lyne have been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs.
Kamran Ahmed, aged 40, the Director of Amilico Ltd and his brother 40-year-old manager Noman Ahmed, both of Kenyon Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, were convicted during a hearing at Tameside Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
The prosecution followed an inspection of their premises at Unit 1, Universal House, Yorkshire Street on June 21, 2013, by specialist GMFRS Fire Protection Officers.
The officers found that the fire exit at the back of the property was roller shuttered with a key broken in the lock and Noman Ahmed admitted it had never been opened.
The whole unit was cluttered with stock and the distance to the only available door to escape a fire was 41 metres - the maximum allowed is 25 metres.
Haphazardly piled boxes meant any fire could have developed very quickly trapping people working in the back of...

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Fire: GMFRS signs pledge to enhance volunteering during National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7)

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AS National Volunteers' Week continues, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has pledged its support for a county-wide partnership that aims to enhance and improve volunteering opportunities for local people.   

There are currently more than 400 volunteers giving up their free time to assist GMFRS and help improve the lives of people of Greater Manchester. 

The Service has signed the 'Vision for Volunteering in Greater Manchester' which aims to ensure that volunteering remains at the heart of life in the county and that more and more people from a diverse of background become volunteers. 

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The Vision, which is being launched by the Volunteering Greater Manchester (VGM) partnership, is about ensuring volunteering is a matter of free choice, inclusive and accessible, providing good quality and meaningful opportunities, and that recognition is given for the contribution volunteers make. 

It's also about ensuring that organisations understand...

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Fire: Landlord pays the price for fire trap house

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A BURY landlord who breached fire safety regulations has been fined £17,000 ordered to pay GMFRS £2,223 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following a hearing at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 2, 2014.
45-year-old Zohar Khan of Hampton Grove, Bury, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at a house in multiple occupancy on Walmersley Road, Bury.
The court heard there were combustible items in the hall and landings, which would have helped a fire take hold and spread quickly.
There were no fire doors and holes in the ceilings meant a fire in any part of the property would have quickly spread with smoke and toxic gases  blocking the only escape route.
There was no way of warning tenants about a fire as the fire alarm was faulty and switched off and a battery operated smoke detector which had been fitted was in the wrong place and could not be heard in the bedsits.
Abigail Hudson, prosecuting for GMFRA, said:...

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