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Fire: International community leaders visit Bury Fire Station

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FIREFIGHTERS in Bury gave demonstrations to a multi-national audience last week, including spectators from as far as Africa and India.

The visitors – who are community leaders in their respective countries – were in the town as part of a programme being run in association with ADAB (Asian Development Association of Bury), who work closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to deliver fire safety advice and information.


A group of eight people from Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Wales and London attended Bury Community Fire Station on Thursday, November 27, where they were given an RTC demonstration by Blue Watch Bury, led by Crew Manager Glyn Smith.

They also observed a rope access scenario carried out in the station yard by Red Watch Ramsbottom, led by Watch Manager Kris Bailey, as well as learning about the varied work of GMFRS’ operational and community safety staff.

The group were in the UK for a week as part of an Active Citizens programme. Active Citizens is a non-profit programme...

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Fire: GMFRS WOW! community to win top award

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WOW Final 2014

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has won the ‘Serving the Community - Best Organisation’ international WOW! Award, thanks to you.  

You have been nominating individuals and teams for WOW! Awards to recognise the great work they have done, from lifesaving actions to informative education visits and amazing community work.

These nominations have caught the eye of the an independent panel of judges made up of experts from high profile British organisations, media and academia, who selected Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as their chosen winner. They described the organisation as ‘truly inspirational, demonstrating an astonishing vision, creativity and innovation in very difficult times - amazing!’.

Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “We are privileged to have been nominated, our purpose is to protect and improve the quality of life for people in Greater Manchester and this certainly demonstrates that our community feel we are achieving...

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Fire: Fire stations are drop off points for Key 103’s Mission Christmas

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is assisting Key 103 with Mission Christmas helping to provide children living in poverty with at least one present to open. 

Like last year all of GMFRS’ fire stations will act as collection points for members of the public to drop off their presents. 

Presents delivered to stations must be new and unwrapped and dropped off before midnight on Wednesday, December 10. 

Further information about Mission Christmas, including other drop off points in Greater Manchester, can be found on Key 103’s website -

Fire: Negligent Rochdale landlords fined

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TWO women who put lives in danger at their property in Rochdale have been fined more than £15,000 following coordinated council and fire service prosecutions.

Balvinder Kaur, aged 48, and her niece Amrit Singh, aged 31, were convicted at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 17, 2014, for a series of fire safety failings at an unlicensed property on Grimshaw Lane in Middleton.

The pair pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and one offence under the Housing Act 2004.


The prosecutions by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) and Rochdale Borough Council (RBC) followed a fire in the back yard of the property on March 22, 2014.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and noticed a flat above the shop which was being used by three people. Fearing that the flat wasn’t safe the crew called out a specialist fire protection manager and a full inspection was carried out.

The officer found a number of issues including:

Fire: Fire comes to Whitefield thanks to Elms Bank art project

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WHITEFIELD Community Fire Station is ablaze with flames!

Thankfully it’s not a real fire but a piece of artwork created by pupils from Elms Bank Specialist Arts College.



The Year 10 pupils spent weeks creating their depiction of fire using tissue paper, card, string and paint, which they gave to firefighters at the Bury New Road station.

Elms Bank is a secondary special school accommodating pupils aged 11 to 19 with complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum.

As part of their Arts Week project, the pupils wanted to produce a piece of art that could be displayed in the community and they decided that their local fire station would be the perfect spot.

White Watch Manager Dan Barrett said: “We are really grateful to Elms Bank that they’ve gone to so much trouble and hard work to create this picture for us.

“We have put it on the wall in the main room that gets used the most so it’s a reminder of the effort the pupils went to.

“We like to think of...

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Fire: Fire danger risk to be tackled by new partnership

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PEOPLE with mental health issues who are at greater risk of fire in the home are to be offered potentially life-saving support thanks to a new partnership agreement.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) met with health chiefs from 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on Friday, October 31, 2014, to formalise years of collaborative working.

The signing of the partnership marked a declaration of both organisations’ intention to work together to help people with mental health issues be safer in their homes.

It comes after statistics revealed 30 per cent of people killed in fires across Greater Manchester were known to mental health services.

The agreement will involve collaborative working with 5 Boroughs Partnership to improve patient safety and raise the awareness operational fire crews have of mental health issues.

GMFRS will train NHS mental health workers to recognise increased risk factors amongst patients which can include living alone, chaotic lifestyles, hoarding, substance misuse, memory...

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Fire: GMFRS responds to hundreds of emergency calls on Bonfire Night

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have responded to hundreds of emergency calls this Bonfire Night in a bid to keep the public safe.
Staff at North West Fire Control answered 375 calls and sent firefighters to 158 incidents between 6pm and 11pm.
Last year staff in the 999 control room answered 306 calls on a wet and windy bonfire night, which was the quietest on record for GMFRS.
The busiest hour for firefighters and 999 call handlers was between 8pm and 9pm when they responded to 95 calls.
Most of the incidents attended by firefighters were small fires, which were causing concern to the public, too close to properties or out of control.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our staff have worked tirelessly this year to ensure people stay safe over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period.
“As part of our Treacle campaign we have been encouraging people to attend organised firework displays and well over 100,000 people have attended events across...

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Fire: Bonfire revellers asked to put safety first and go to an organised event this weekend

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging people to go to an organised bonfire event rather than hold their own during a four-day firefighter strike which starts this weekend. 

Firefighters across England are taking industrial action from 6pm on Friday, October 31, to 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.

The dispute is between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government.

Head of Prevention at GMFRS, Area Manager Wayne Shields, said: “We will have enough fire engines available to keep our communities safe during industrial action, but this is our busiest time of year.

“The strike falls over the weekend before Bonfire Night and we expect lots of people across Greater Manchester will be planning to celebrate at home.

“If you’re planning to have a bonfire or a fireworks display at home please think about either postponing it until Bonfire Night or better still go to an organised event.

“There is an interactive map showing where bonfires and firework displays will be...

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Fire: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service recognised as apprenticeship trailblazer

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been congratulated by the government for its role in developing top-quality apprenticeships that help young people have a better future. 

The Service has been running its government apprentice scheme in conjunction with local colleges since October 2012, and has seen a number of young people go on to find employment as a result of the scheme, including some with GMFRS. 

GMFRS’ partnership with Manchester College started in November 2013, when the college was successful in its bid to deliver the Service’s tailor-made apprenticeship programme. 

The college worked with the Service to develop the apprenticeships and create training programmes which were relevant to GMFRS’ specific needs and directly related to the jobs available – that included Business Safety Advisors and Community Safety Advisors. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are proud to be able to offer so much...

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Fire: GMFRS adds three awards to its collection

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THE variety of work carried out across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been celebrated with the announcement of three different awards in a week!

The Service has scooped accolades for its work with young people, sustainability and leadership achievements.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “The variety of the awards won shows just a snapshot of the fantastic work that goes on across the Service – things that members of the public often don’t even realise we are involved with.

“I am very proud of everyone at the Service who work so hard keeping Greater Manchester safe and supporting the community.”

GMFRS’ innovative Progression Pathway was named ‘Project of the Year’ at Fire Magazine’s inaugural Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2014, which celebrated innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology. 

The project provides a range of opportunities to inspire young people and help to create better working lives for the...

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