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Fire: Greater Manchester blue light services welcome mental health relay

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BLUE light services across the region gathered at Leigh Community Fire Station to welcome the Our Blue Light torch as part of the first ever UK mental health relay.


To kick-start the Greater Manchester leg of the race, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Director of Prevention, Assistant County Fire Officer, Geoff Harris today (May 14) accepted the baton.


The handover involved a three-legged race, headed up by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). The new Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, also attended in support of the campaign.


GMFRS will host the torch from today (May 14) to Friday (May 19) with plans to continue to raise awareness of mental health throughout the week.


On the Greater Manchester leg of the journey with GMFRS, the baton is set to make an appearance at a number of locations, including a ride down the Manchester Ship Canal with Leigh-based firefighter and mental health advocate, Wayne Norris.


With the backing of all blue light partners across the...

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Fire: Dangers of derelict buildings highlighted following fire in Wigan

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PEOPLE are being warned to stay away from derelict buildings following a fire in Wigan.

The plea comes from fire officers after crews were called to a building fire at 11.19am today (Saturday, May 13) in Bridgeman Terrace.

Crews from Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton arrived to find a fire involving the roof of a three-storey derelict mill (Pagefield Mill). An aerial appliance from Leigh also attended.

Station Manager Wayne Van-Hecke said: “Crews did a great job in extinguishing this fire quickly but what people need to realise, is just how dangerous these derelict buildings are.

“We would plea with the public to never go in to derelict buildings as they can be very unsafe with so many hidden hazards. We also know the public would not want to put our crews in situations that have even more risk attached to them than any other emergency, but starting a deliberate fire in a derelict building really is something far more serious than people realise.

“It’s also important to remember that while we’re...

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Fire: Spate of deliberate fires in Leigh

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FIREFIGHTERS in Leigh and other areas have been called out to several fires in and around Leigh Town Centre, believed to have been started deliberately.

The spate of fires took place on Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8, involving a number of bins, sofas, and even the front-door of a shop.

As a result of the recent fires Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) wishes to remind people to ensure wheelie bins and other items, which could be set on fire, are secure and a safe distance from homes.

Firefighters were called out at 10.15pm on May 8, to Youd Street, where a wheelie bin had been set alight. Crew members tackled the fire involving the bin, which was pushed against an end terraced property. The fire also caused an external gas pipe to rupture and resulted in firefighters being at the address for more than 90 minutes.

Earlier that evening, at 8.23pm, crew members were called to reports of a fire in Union Street. Sofas had been set alight on a car park near to a substation, and using hoses firefighters tackled the blaze.


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Fire: Manchester firefighters welcome Sofia to station

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ON Sunday, May 7, a young girl had a morning to remember thanks to White Watch firefighters at Manchester Central Community Fire Station. 

Sofia O’Brien visited the Thompson Street station with her mum, Gemma, after getting in touch with Watch Manager Tom Weate, and became a firefighter for the day. 

Following the visit Sofia’s mum took to Facebook to share photos from the day and expressed her thanks. 


Gemma said: “Sofia had such a special morning being a firefighter with Manchester Central firefighters – they were amazing and the day was planned beautifully. 

“She thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Special thanks to Tom Weate for organising it for her.” 

Watch Manager Tom Weate said: “Good to have a brave little visitor at Manchester Central, a brave little girl called Sofia who has a severe liver dysfunction. 

“This little girl is strong beyond belief and has to have a very painful injection every four weeks to balance out the acids in her blood because her liver doesn’t do the...

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Fire: Zero Tolerance on Firefighter Attacks as Figures Rise by 200%

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**Broadcast quality footage of the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham speaking on this issue can be found here and the Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime Baroness Beverley Hughes speaking here **


THE new Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham today condemned attacks on firefighters after it was revealed the number of incidents had more than doubled in the past 12 months.

The Mayor spoke out as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service revealed the details of two shocking incidents where youths had deliberately started fires to lure crew into their communities and then pelt them with missiles and abuse.

The Service said that in the 12 months to March 2017, the number of attacks on firefighters had risen dramatically by more than 200 per cent and that the Emergency Services (obstruction) Act 2006 made clear provisions for people to be prosecuted for their behaviour.

Andy, who was elected the first Mayor of Greater Manchester on Friday, has...

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Fire: Firefighter Mick Massey retires after more than 30 years' service

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THERE literally was not one dry eye in the station when long-serving Bolton-based firefighter Mick Massey retired after more than 30 years with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Mick, 53, who has served his entire career from Bolton North Community Fire Station in Crompton Way, received his official certificate from Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle as colleagues, family and friends packed into the station to see his last parade on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Firefighter Mick Massey and Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle

But it was extra-special and unexpected guest Finlay Collins who stole the show by walking into the ceremony to say an emotional farewell.

Mick saved Finlay’s life when he was hit by a car and a van as he crossed Crompton Way on his scooter close to the station. The family had kept in touch with their ‘hero’ but last time Mick had seen Finlay he was in a wheelchair and not expected to walk again.

He said: "It was very humbling. I wasn’t expecting to see Finlay at all....

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Fire: Company flouting fire regulations fined

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A Manchester company that breached numerous fire regulations has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and court costs.

T&A Textiles & Hosiery Ltd put its workers at risk at its warehouse in Newton Heath and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court following a prosecution by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.

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Specialist officers inspected the site in July 2014 as part of a multiagency operation led by Home Office Immigration officers.

The inspection revealed that a large warehouse on the site had:

-          No working fire alarm

-          All emergency exits either locked or blocked with no emergency lighting

-          Thousands of cardboard boxes with no clear breaks between stock or walkways for workers to escape

Officers also found that due to the layout of stock, a fire would develop quickly and would further reduce the likelihood workers could escape alive.

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Elizabeth Dudley Jones, prosecuting for the GMFRA, told the court: “There were severe deficiencies in the provision...

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Fire: Enjoy yourself, but take care around water

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Keeping yourself safe around water is the message from fire chiefs at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Crews across Greater Manchester have rescued more than 235 people from water since January 2013.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun, but we really want to make sure that you’re safe.

“Even if it is a warm day, water can still be very cold and cause cramp and breathing difficulties which can affect your ability to swim and get out of trouble.

“Water can be far deeper and stronger than people think and there are unknown hazards that lie beneath the surface.”

24 people died as a result of getting into trouble in water over the last three years.


Paul added: “Water can be tempting especially when the weather is good, but the consequences can be fatal. Roughly half of people who drown had no intention of entering water in the first place.

“Please only swim somewhere safe, such as a swimming pool, but if you do see someone in an emergency, ring 999 and...

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Fire: Prince's Trust pride for young people

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A group of young people from West Salford have grown in confidence and helped their community thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team programme.


The team of five were the latest to graduate from the free scheme that is led and delivered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service across every borough in the county.


At an awards ceremony in the AJ Bell Stadium in front of dignitaries, family and friends, each of the participants gave a five-minute presentation, highlighting their time on the course and their favourite experiences.


The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course giving young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in employment, education or training the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence. The Service is now recruiting for other Team Programme’s running across Greater Manchester.


Graduating from the most recent course run from Eccles Community Fire Station was Laura Alberdi, 21, Lewis Blair, 20, Melissa Buckley, 20, Mark...

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Fire: Play your part in stopping wildfires

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FIREFIGHTERS across Greater Manchester are calling on people to take care when out enjoying the moors.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking the public to make sure they put any cigarettes out and take litter home to reduce the risk of wildfires starting.

GMFRS has attended 18 wildfires between January and April.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “If you are out on the moors please take extra care and don’t light any fires. Make sure you put out any cigarettes and take your litter home with you.

“Our moorlands are important habitats for wildlife and are a vital part of our environment but can take a long time to recover from a fire.

“Please report any fires by calling 999.”

Crews last night (Tuesday, April 11) attended a moorland fire approximately one kilometre square near Littleborough, battling against fading light to make the area safe.

Paul added: “These types of fires can be extremely challenging but our crews work tirelessly to bring them under control and make areas safe.

“With your...

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