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Fire: Patient thanks passer-by and emergency services for saving her life

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senior paramedic John Carrie and firefighter Marc Berry 

A passer-by who recognised that a stranger had collapsed in the street after suffering a cardiac arrest has been reunited with the lady whose life she helped to save.

On the afternoon of November 18, Janet Beatty was walking past Gorton Railway Station after visiting a friend, when she suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the floor. A group of people nearby went to her aid and attempted to put her into the recovery position. At the same time Debra Bushell walked nearby to see Janet lying on the floor and also rushed over to help. Immediately she noticed that Janet had suffered a cardiac arrest and performed the initial cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which saved her life.

Debra recalls what happened: “I was just on my way to pick up my car from the garage and I walked around the corner to see a lady on the floor with a few people gathered around her, they asked if I could...

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Fire: Incident Update - Tuesday, December 20

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House fire – Middleton

At 10.03am three fire engines from Blackley and Heywood attended a house fire on Lawson Close, Middleton.  Firefighters extinguished a fire in a boiler cupboard using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and a positive pressure fan.

Firefighters were in attendance for approximately one hour.

Fire: Fire service colleagues recognised for going above and beyond

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FIRE service staff across Greater Manchester have been recognised for their achievements in the community.

Twenty-three members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) staff were recognised on Monday, December 19, at the Service’s Colleague Recognition awards.

Colleague Recognition is a quarterly internal awards programme that encourages staff members to nominate their colleagues for going above and beyond in their role and for contributing towards the success of the organisation.

Nominations included a firefighter who came to the aid of a distressed young woman who was planning to take her own life, a colleague who has hosted countless Prince’s Trust young people on work experience and GMFRS Other Emergencies Co-ordinator for being instrumental in the success of the Safe Drive, Stay Alive initiative in Greater Manchester.

Peter O’Reilly, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, hosted recipients at the ceremony at GMFRS’ Training and Development Centre and presented each with a...

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Fire: Ramsbottom station turns into a grotto

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THE annual Christmas event at our station in Ramsbottom took place on Saturday, December 17.

Visitors, young and old, had lots of festive fun at the event, where they got to meet Santa while raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Ramsbottom’s community fire cadets.

Crew Manager Karl Sorfleet said: “We had around 200 people through the doors, with a range of stalls raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, Ramsbottom fire cadets and Barnados. 

“This is an annual event and has become almost an expectation, and very popular, in the village. It was managed by the cadets and the instructors at Ramsbottom and marks the end of our year with the cadets.” 

One happy visitor was six-year-old Finley Bennett, who visited the grotto with his uncle, James.

James took to Twitter to let GMFRS know that Finley enjoyed himself, and even shared with us the below photo of his nephew with Santa.


Fire: Recruit firefighters complete their training

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A FORMER Paratrooper, boxing grandmother and a design agency account manager are just some of the 18 people joining the frontline in Greater Manchester.

The new firefighters will begin their operational careers across the county with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) following an intensive 16-week training course.

During training the new firefighters have been put through their paces, learning how to deal with an array of emergency situations including fires, rescues from water and road traffic collisions.

Their training culminated on Thursday (Dec 15) with a demonstration and pass out parade at Manchester Training and Development Centre, where the course had been delivered.

Peter O’Reilly, County Fire Officer and Chief Executivesaid: “On behalf of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), the Chair and members of the Fire Authority I would like to firstly congratulate and welcome the latest firefighters.

“After having been through an intensive 16 week training course the new firefighters are...

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Fire: Oldham community safety staff help residents affected by Maple Mill blaze

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COMMUNITY safety staff in Oldham have been working hard to support residents and businesses affected by the Maple Mill fire.

Community safety advisors and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) volunteers have been supporting Oldham Council at the Honeywell Centre helping to provide refreshments and advice to residents.

Staff have also been providing the most vulnerable residents with GMFRS winter warmth bags, which include blankets, hats and hot water bottles.

Community safety advisors have been helping to transport residents back to their homes in one of the GMFRS electric vehicles.  

Business safety advisors and fire safety officers have been engaging with businesses near to Maple Mill.

Staff have offered over thirty businesses nearby advice on how to stay safe and resilient during an emergency.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority said: “An incident as large as Maple Mill has a huge impact on the community.

“While our firefighters have been working tirelessly to...

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Fire: Daring Rope Rescue Training at the BT Tower in Heaton Park

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VERTIGO was not a problem for Greater Manchester fire crews as they dangled 238 feet from a BT Tower as part of a training exercise.


The rope rescue exercise carried out by the Leigh Technical Response Unit on Monday saw multiple casualty rescues in an unusual and challenging environment.

The training was a joint project between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and BT with the station’s Green Watch taking part, led by Crew Manager John Hughes. He said: “We’d like to say a big thanks to BT who worked with us to organise this important training event”.

“As well as rescuing the casualty dummies and testing our skills, the event also highlighted the dangers of radio frequency energy to crews. It helped us develop solutions to some interesting problems we could potentially face in the future”.


Firefighters spent a full day at the tower in Heaton Park with rescues taking place both inside and on the dauntingly high exterior, with stunning views across Greater Manchester compensating for the...

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Fire: Wheelie good effort from trainee firefighters as they smash 999km cycle challenge

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A TEAM of trainee firefighters have used pedal power to raise £1,660 for charity.

The latest group of trainee firefighters completed their charity challenge on Sunday, December 11, at Bolton Market Place Shopping Centre.

As part of their 16-week initial training course trainee firefighters are tasked with a challenge to raise money for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) nominated charities.

The current cohort chose to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and Manchester Children’s Burns Foundation with a 999km static cycle.

The team aced the challenge with 45 minutes to spare, raising a total of £1,660 to be split between the causes. 

Talking about their fundraising efforts, Group Manager Tony Bryan, Operational Training Manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our trainee firefighters, especially as they are nearing the end of their intensive initial firefighter training with their passing out ceremony planned for Thursday, December 15.

“As part of...

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Fire: GMFRS joins forces with Public Health England to keep people warm and well this winter

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Picture caption left to right: Councillor Tom McGee, Executive Councillor (Health), Stockport MBC, Councillor David Acton, Chairman, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority, Andrew Webb, Corporate Director (People), Stockport MBC, Watch Manager Steve Bullock, GMFRS, Sister Jan Sinclair, Senior Health Care Public Health Nurse, Dr Donna Sager, Deputy Director of Public Health, People's Directorate, Stockport MBC, Paul Starling, Borough Based Group Manager, Stockport and Tameside

MANCHESTER fire and rescue staff are joining forces with Public Health England (PHE) this winter to help communities stay well and warm through the cold months ahead.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign will see fire and rescue staff across the City Region offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during Safe and Well Visits.

Staff will also be delivering winter warmth bags to the Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable elderly residents.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is...

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Fire: Heywood firefighters receive award from the Royal Horticultural Society

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FOLLOWING on from this year’s Heywood in Bloom contest, the hard work of GMFRS firefighters over the summer has once again been recognised by Royal Horticultural Society judges. 

Heywood firefighters made a floral display at the front of the station, highlighting the safety message ‘ban the pan’ to remind people of cooking fires and dangers. 

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On Tuesday, November 29, John Carney from Heywood in Bloom hand-delivered the station’s well-earned award to Station Manager Danny Marshall. 


SM Marshall said: “Heywood station has supported Heywood in Bloom for a number of years now, which forms part of North West in Bloom. 

“The competition sees organisations, including local sheltered housing, join forces and support the event. A route is then formed through the centre of Heywood, where each contestant displays flowers. 

“The event is judged by the Royal Horticultural Society, who visits the displays between June and August. This year the Heywood route received a gold award with our station gaining a level four thriving award - which is deemed to be good.”

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