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Fire: Partnership with health trust continues to improve wellbeing for many people

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IT is two years since Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust signed a potentially life-saving partnership agreement, which is proving to be a great success. 

To coincide with the second anniversary Pennine Care is hosting a fire safety week starting on Monday, October 12, where staff from both organisations will be on hand giving safety advice to make even more members of the community safe. 

The partnership was established in October 2013 to protect and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of local people. 

Since that time staff from Pennine Care and GMFRS have been delivering the mutual aims of the agreement of reducing the risk of fire, fire injuries and deaths, protecting people, property and the environment from harm, improving the health and wellbeing of local communities and improving fire safety and health awareness of staff. 

In line with the agreement fire safety has been incorporated into core business within Pennine Care with the...

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Fire: GMFRS supports ambulance service's #findthedefib campaign

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DURING the month of ‘Shoctober’ Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is backing North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) social media campaign to raise awareness of the location of defibrillators (AEDs).

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CFO Peter O'Reilly taking a selfie of himself with the defibrilator at GMFRS' HQ

It is estimated that there are thousands of these life-saving portable machines in the North West which NWAS doesn’t know about so if someone calls 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest, the Trust can’t direct them to the nearest one.

Therefore, people are being asked to take a picture of themselves next to a defib and to tweet it with the hashtag #findthedefib and their location, in the hope it will raise awareness and help save lives.

GMFRS' County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly is leading by example (see picture above) and has tweeted his selfie. Peter took his selfie next to the defibrillator at GMFRS' headquarters – it is situated to the left of reception after you enter the main part of the building.


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Fire: GMFRS staff support older people across Greater Manchester

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been busy engaging with older members of the community across the county celebrating Older People’s Day 2015.

To mark the occasion, one elderly resident in each borough will receive a hamper of goodies as a special gift from GMFRS staff who have been donating food and other items in the run up to Thursday, October 1. 

A number of events took place leading up to and during Older People’s Day allowing staff from across GMFRS to reach out to the more vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to help keep them safe and well. 

The range of activities that took place included a Full of Life event at Wigan Youth Zone on Tuesday, September 29, a coffee and bingo morning at Hollins Community Fire Station and an event at Levenshulme’s St Mary's Parish Centre on Thursday, October 1. 

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Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Today is National Older People’s Day and I am urging everyone to check on an elderly neighbour...

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Fire: 27/09/2015 Wigan Wallgate fire

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FIREFIGHTERS rescued three people after a fire at a disused building in Wigan Town Centre in the early hours of Sunday.

Crews were called to the site of a former solicitors on Wallgate, near Wigan Wallgate Train Station at 4.15am, after a fire had broken out on the fourth floor of the building.

Three people, believed to be homeless, were rescued and 10 fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, an air incident unit and support vehicles from Lancashire Fire Service were in attendance.

Breathing apparatus were used in extinguishing the fire and thermal imagining searches were carried out to ensure there were no further people inside the building. An investigation will now be carried out in to the cause.

Incident Commander Steve Sheridan said: “It appears the building may have been being used as a squat by rough sleepers. We were able to rescue three people from the first floor and fight the fire on the fourth. We then carried out a systemic breathing apparatus search of the rest of the building and used thermal imaging cameras.”

Road closures are currently in place around Wigan Wallgate and train services to and from Wallgate Station may be affected. 


Fire: Crews muck in for veterans on BBC show

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Crew manager John Moss with BBC presenter Nick Knowles, firefighter Paul Adams and firefigher Chris Spink


FIREFIGHTERS from Philips Park Station are helping create a ‘Veterans’ Village’ as part of a project to be featured on the BBC’s DIY SOS show.

The scheme in Newton Heath, which is to be visited by Princes William and Harry today September 23), sees empty houses being renovated for former Army service personnel and their families.

The development will be shown as part of the popular BBC TV makeover series, hosted by Nick Knowles and it is hoped work will be completed by the end of this week.

Fire crews have been helping with general labouring at the site, as well as helping to dampen down dust. After construction is complete, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be providing fire prevention advice and other services to the new residents.


Station Manager Paul Fernhead said: “Crews from Philips Park have been along to help out in the afternoons with general labouring in this worthwhile project along...

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Fire: GMFRS supports Older People’s Day

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is reaching out to the elderly this autumn in celebration of Older People’s Day.

A number of events have been arranged that will allow staff from across the Service to spend time with older members of the community to keep them company and make sure they are safe in their homes.

The range of activities includes a Full of Life event at Wigan Youth Zone on Tuesday, September 29, and a coffee and bingo morning at Hollins Community Fire Station on Thursday, October 1.

Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority said: "People over the age of 60 have accounted for almost half of all fire fatalities in recent years and that age group accounts for less than 20 per cent of the population of Greater Manchester.

“If you're visiting your older relatives or friends or you can spare time to call in at a neighbour’s then please test their smoke alarm while you are there.  Working smoke alarms offer valuable time that can help people escape for their home in the event...

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Fire: Firefighters to respond to cardiac arrest calls

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County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of GMFRS Peter O'Reilly and NWAS Head of Service Steve Hynes with staff from both GMFRS and NWAS at Highfield Ambulance Station in Farnworth.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) crews will now be helping to deliver life-saving care for cardiac arrest patients as part of a new joint initiative with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

From today at 12pm, when a person dials 999 to report a suspected cardiac arrest (a condition where the heart stops pumping blood around the body because of a fatal abnormal heart rhythm), both North West Ambulance and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue will respond and whoever reaches the casualty first will start providing life-saving treatment before ambulance crews can take over. Once the patient has been stabilised, they will then be conveyed to hospital by ambulance.

The scheme works in a similar way to the Trust’s volunteer Community First Responder scheme, where trained members of the public are despatched to life-threatening...

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Fire: Marple firefighters cheer up little girl whose pony died in a stable fire

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FIREFIGHTERS in Stockport brought a smile to the face of a little girl who was left devastated when the family pony was killed in a stable fire. 


Reuben died following the blaze that also destroyed a number of stables at a farm in Winnington Road, Marple, at around 1.25am on Tuesday, July 14.

The pony was owned by Asa Howard, aged 24, and regularly ridden by his six-year-old sister Emily who was heartbroken when she discovered Reuben had passed away. She had been saving up to by the pony a new saddle.

Three crew from Marple, Offerton and Stockport fire stations were called to tackle the fire, which also involved gas cylinders, after a number of calls were made to the control room.

Firefighters used jets and hose reels to bring the fire under control and were on the scene for almost three hours but despite their best efforts, the stables were completely destroyed by the blaze. 

A number of other horses that were in the field at the time were unharmed but sadly Reuben was killed. The fire was thought...

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Fire: GMFRS urges businesses to take simple steps to fire safety

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging businesses to take simple steps to keep their staff and customers safe from fire.

The Service is holding a series of events across the city region during UK Business Safety Week to offer the business community expert fire safety advice.

The message for businesses is ‘Keep it SIMPLE and Safe’ with six simple steps to protect businesses from fire:

  • Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear

  • Identify alarm points so you can warn others

  • Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading

  • Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire

  • Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems

  • Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds

Businesses should also have an up to date fire risk assessment where applicable.

The campaign came in the wake of a series of prosecutions by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority against business people who have failed to keep their staff and...

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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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