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Fire: Not a baaaaaad resc-ewe! Crew rescue sheep from Ramsbottom ravine

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a runaway sheep that was stuck down a ravine in Ramsbottom.

Crew from Ramsbottom Fire Station and the Water Incident Unit from Eccles were called to Redisher Court shortly after 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

A sheep had somehow ended up stuck down a ravine and the RSPCA officer that was on the scene was struggling to get to it.

Ramsbottom Watch Manager Kris Bailey said: “A member of the public had spotted the sheep and contacted the RSPCA – the animal had been there for about three hours.

“It was culvert that’s part of a stream with about a 12 to 15ft drop either side. The RSPCA officer tried to get to the sheep but couldn’t reach it and called us for help.

“We worked with the boat crew from Eccles and managed to get the sheep up the ladder and using the rope rescue equipment we hoisted it out.

“The RSPCA officer then took the sheep into the back of his van and the animal was safe and well.

“We’ve no idea how it got there but it had tags on so the...

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Fire: Ramsbottom fashion designer shoots new collection campaign at GMFRS

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RAMSBOTTOM Community Fire Station became an unlikely photo studio this week when a local celebrity fashion designer shot pictures for his new clothing range.

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Left to right are: Firefighter Andy Roberts, Henry Holland and Retained Firefighter Ben Kirkham

Thirty-one-year-old Henry Holland was joined by a male model and crew for the photo shoot on Monday, March 16.

It was part of the promotion for his new clothing campaign, which is set to launch in the summer, and focuses on Henry’s hometown of Ramsbottom.

The designer chose the fire station in Stubbins Lane as one of the locations to shoot his quirky photos, which also featured Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) bright new fire kit.

Henry said: “Having grown up in Ramsbottom I wanted to go back to my hometown to shoot the photos for my new collection at well-known, traditional locations and the fire station was a perfect choice.

“It was really nice to meet the firefighters and the community staff, and to see the station being used...

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Fire: GMFRS lead the way with top apprenticeship scheme

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has proved to be a true trailblazer when it comes to apprenticeship standards.

The Business Fire Safety Advisor (BFSA) Apprenticeship was developed as a route into the business fire safety arena for young members of the public of Greater Manchester.

An apprenticeship standard is being developed by the Trailblazing Working Group which includes fire and rescue services, Skills for Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Air Force Fire Service, Fire Protection

Association, The Fire Officers Association,

The Business Fire Safety Advisor standard was submitted to Business, Innovation and Skills at the beginning of March and has now been approved.

Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly, said: “We’re joining forces with organisations from across the fire and rescue sector to design a new Business Fire Safety apprenticeship.

“We want to make other organisations in our sector aware of the apprenticeship scheme.

“The apprentices will...

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Fire: Not so unlucky! 13 young apprentices join Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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TO COINCIDE with National Apprenticeship Week, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed its latest intake of apprentices to its team. 

The 13-strong group started their apprentice journey on Monday, March 9, 2015, when they took part in a two-day induction programme to get them ready to become trainee community safety advisors, business safety advisors and administrators. 

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider society. 

During their 12-month apprenticeship, the group will get involved in a range of activities to help make the community safer as well as gaining valuable skills and experience with the hope of securing more permanent positions with GMFRS or elsewhere in the future. 

GMFRS introduced its apprenticeship scheme as a pilot in October 2012 and due to its success a second programme started in November 2013 followed by the third programme in March 2015 with...

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Fire: Young apprentices have a bright future after securing jobs

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed on board a group of young people who’ve secured jobs with the Service after completing an apprenticeship programme. 

The news comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that in the last three months of 2014 (October to December) nearly one million young people in the UK were not in education, employment or training. 

During their 12-month apprenticeship, the youngsters got involved in a range of activities to help make the community safer as well as secure valuable skills and experience – and now seven of them have got full-time jobs at GMFRS. 

GMFRS introduced its apprenticeship scheme as a pilot in October 2012 and, due to its success, a second programme started in November 2013 with Manchester College. 

Those to secure jobs after successfully finishing the 2013 apprenticeship programme are: Michael Dunn, Mathew Alsop, Sophie Williams and Anthony Maunder who are Community Safety Advisors, and Laura Broughton, Lee Waddicor...

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Fire: GMFRS appoints new Chief

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MEMBERS of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) voted unanimously on Thursday, February 19, to approve the appointment of a new County Fire Officer and Chief Executive to lead the organisation.

Peter O’Reilly, who is currently Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), will take up the post in June following the retirement of long-serving ‘Chief’ Steve McGuirk.

Peter, 48, who lives in Worsley with his wife Christine, two daughters and six-year-old grandson, joined GMFRS in February 2011 from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service where he served 21 years of his 25 year career.

Councillor David Acton, Chairman of GMFRA, said: “It will be a hard act to follow Steve but I am confident that Peter is the right person for this job. He has a great deal of experience both operationally and in management. He has led prevention and protection initiatives to great effect both here and in Northern Ireland. I am sure he will take the Service forward in a...

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Fire: Heywood Firefighters crowned top Fire Fighters Charity car wash station in Greater Manchester

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 Heywood FF Charity Car Wash Presentation

HEYWOOD Firefighters have been crowned top Fire Fighters Charity car wash fundraisers in Greater Manchester.

Thanks to the generous support of the local community crews raised over £700 washing cars over two weekends in March and September 2014.

Presenting the award on behalf of The Fire Fighters Charity, North West Region Fundraising Officer Alan Knell said: “It’s a pleasure to present this award to the top North West Region station for their superb efforts. 

“This fantastic donation, along with money raised at the Halloween Spooktacular, has contributed towards over £1700 raised by Heywood for the charity over the past year.

“I’m also delighted to announce that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were the second highest carwash fundraisers in the whole of the UK.”

PHOTO: Heywood White Watch Crew with their award.



Fire: Crew Manager recognised for being the driving force behind safety initiative

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BCOM WOW Presentation

BOLTON CENTRAL White Watch Crew Manager Phil Dearden was presented with a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) WOW! Award on Tuesday, January 13.

Phil was nominated by Sufiyan Kala, a local freelance journalist, with support from Bolton Council of Mosques for his commitment to supporting a safer driving initiative for college students.

In June last year 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.

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.

Since then, the agencies have carried out a series of events at mosques across Bolton to spread the message of safe driving and highlight the devastating consequences of racing and antisocial driving.

GMFRS, Bolton...

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Fire: Firefighters unveil cutting-edge wall piercing fire extinguisher

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has unveiled a cutting-edge extinguisher that pierces through walls and doors to tackle fires like never before.

The Service is the first UK metropolitan fire and rescue service to have its fire engines fitted with this state-of-the-art equipment, which sprays water into building fires from outside.

Working with Manchester City Council, GMFRS will carry out a series of controlled live burns inside a number of derelict flats in Manchester as part of a firefighter training exercise to demonstrate the tool – starting from Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

The new Ultra High Pressure Lance is just one of the innovative pieces of equipment being introduced at GMFRS as part of a huge project which looks into the future of firefighting.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “This is an extremely exciting project and fire and rescue services across the UK are looking at GMFRS with great interest as we put the lance into...

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Fire: Greater Manchester Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen Honoured by Her Majesty the Queen

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ONE of Greater Manchester’s most senior firefighters has been honoured by the Queen for thirty years distinguished service.

Deputy County Fire Officer Jim Owen has been given the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in this year’s New Year’s Honour List.

He has been recognised for his role in helping to lead Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service through a period of huge transformation and his work to develop fire protection and fire investigation services across the North West.  

Jim began his career in Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in 1985 spending 15 years working in various operational and fire safety roles before working his way up through the ranks to become an area manager.

He joined GMFRS in December 2008 as Assistant County Fire Officer for Fire Safety before becoming Deputy County Fire Officer in 2010.

On finding out he had received the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, Jim said: “I’m very proud of working for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and of all that...

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