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Fire: Chemical training carried out by firefighters in Bolton Town Centre

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FIREFIGHTERS have carried out an exercise in Bolton Town Centre that allowed them to practice procedures for dealing with chemical incidents.

Crew made up from fire stations around the borough gathered on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, where engines and special appliances arrived at Le Mans Crescent at around 10.30am.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked with Bolton Council over recent months to plan the exercise and a room in the town hall was used on the day with the help of council workers who played live casualties.

Watch Manager Karsten Boyle, from Green Watch at Bolton Central Fire Station, said: “Months of planning and preparation went into the exercise with Bolton Council’s Emergency Planning team and we contacted local businesses to let them know about our plans to save disruption and panic.

“The incident allowed firefighters from across Bolton to train together on a scenario that also tested GMFRS’ procedures when it comes to chemical incidents.”

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Fire: A Royal visitor for Salford Fire Station

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SALFORD welcomed a very special visitor this afternoon – Prince Harry.

The Royal was in Greater Manchester to support a rugby festival and made a special request to visit the station to meet crew and young people who responded to civil disorder back in 2011.

Around 30 people attended – a mix of firefighters, cadets and volunteers – and Prince Harry even dropped in on the Prince’s Trust team who were busy doing a first aid course at the station.

 

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Fire: Heroic trio congratulated for their bravery

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THREE was a courageous crowd at Leigh Fire Station when a firefighter, a postman and a member of the public were congratulated for their bravery.

The triumphant trio were awarded Letters of Congratulation by County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

On the morning of Thursday, July 24, 2014 a fire began in the living room of a family home on Elm Avenue, Golborne.

A mother and two infant children were trapped inside the property. The mother in the burning living room and the children, a boy and girl aged two and four-years-old in an upstairs bedroom.

Mark Nassir a resident of Elm Avenue was alerted to the fire and pitched a ladder on the side of the house.

With little thought for his safety Mark climbed the ladder and rescued the two children from an upstairs bedroom.

Local postman Phil Turner was completing his daily rounds on Elm Avenue when he saw what was happening on the street.

Phil immediately went to the house and began to break through the front door. He broke the door down and entered the...

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Fire: Firefighters to carry out exercise in Bolton Town Centre

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FIREFIGHTERS are running an exercise that will allow them to practice their procedures for dealing with chemical incidents.

Crew made up from fire stations around the borough will be in Bolton Town Centre from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has worked with Bolton Council over recent months to plan the exercise and a room in the Albert Halls will be used on the day.

The scenario will involve a suspicious package being received in the mail sorting office and will unfold in the town hall with some of its workers playing casualties.

Watch Manager Karsten Boyle, from Bolton Central Fire Station, said: “Months of planning and preparation have gone into the exercise with Bolton Council’s Emergency Planning team and we will be contacting businesses in the vicinity making them aware to save disruption and panic.

“On the day there will be a sign visible so shoppers and workers in Bolton Town Centre should realise there isn’t a real life emergency ongoing and we will be able to speak to people at the cordon during the exercise.”

No roads will be closed on the day and there will be access to all businesses around the cordon.



Fire: Free driving course for youngsters at Ramsbottom Fire Station

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FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are running a free driving course for young people at Ramsbottom Fire Station.

 

The Safe Young Drivers (SYD) scheme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 – whether they are new or learner drivers, or passengers – to raise awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving, such as distraction, speeding and texting while driving.

 

All those who complete the course will be in with a chance of winning free driving lessons provided by a local driving school.

 

The sessions take place on the evenings of Monday, October 27 and Tuesday October, 28, 2014 at the fire station in Stubbins Lane.

 

Course organiser and Firefighter Paul Simpson, from Ramsbottom Fire Station, said: “Too many young people have been killed or injured on our roads and this is often due to the driver being distracted – listening to loud music, showing off to their friends, texting or using their mobile phones, drinking or using drugs while driving....

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Fire: Firefighters make dream come true for boy with cerebral palsy

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FIREFIGHTERS in Atherton made a special little boy's dream come true when they made him an honorary firefighter for the day.

Seven-year-old Matthew Peers was so happy after visiting the station that he renamed the firefighters on his Fireman Sam bedding after members of the Green Watch crew.

The youngster, from Stockport, who loves Fireman Sam, has cerebral palsy which means he can't control his body movements and relies on others to help him get around.  

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L-R Firefighter Lloyd Watson, Hayley Mason-Peers, Matthew Peers, Nicola Carlin, and James Peers

His mums Nicola Carlin and Hayley Mason-Peers were going to apply to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK for Matthew to become a firefighter for the day, but when Nicola's old school friend Firefighter Lloyd Watson heard about the youngster's wish, he and the crew offered to make his dream come true.  

Matthew and his brother James, aged 10, visited the station earlier this month with their two mums where the family was given the full V.I.P....

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Fire: GMFRS launch Silver Selfie campaign to help keep older people safe

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has launched a Silver Selfie campaign during Ageing Safely Week to help stop older people becoming victims of fire.

The Service is asking people to go and check on their older friends, family and neighbours and help them test their smoke alarms.

Kind-hearted participants can then post a picture of themselves and the older person they have helped on social media using the hash tag #silverselfie.

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 the last six years and that age group accounts for less than 20 per cent of the population of Greater Manchester.

"We all have older family members, friends and neighbours who might struggle with their mobility and need our help from time to time.

"If you're popping round to you nan's house for tea or checking on an elderly neighbour then test their smoke alarm and post...

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Fire: Stockport residents safer thanks to partnership

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STOCKPORT residents are safer thanks to a partnership between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Stockport Homes Ltd (SHL).

Both organisations have pledged to improve fire safety by working together to keep residents living in SHL properties safer.

SHL staff will receive fire safety training from colleagues in GMFRS and have agreed to point individuals who need the help of the fire service in the direction of GMFRS.

Stockport Borough Manager Jon Heydon said: "Our goal is to protect and improve the quality of life for people living in the communities we serve.

"This partnership will build on the successful work we have already achieved by working with SHL. This agreement is part of our commitment to continually improve services locally.

Helen McHale Chief executive of SHL said: "We are delighted to be renewing this partnership agreement as we are committed to improving the quality of life for our customers and the environment in which they live."

"The Home Safety Checks carried out by GMFRS will help to ensure that the people we work with continue to live safely at home."

 



Fire: Fire service takes part in falls project to support health service

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FOLLOWING a successful pilot that helped to prevent people falling at home staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are now expanding the scheme to help even more people stay safe.
 
GMFRS worked in partnership with the National Health Service in Bury and Salford from August 2012 to January 2014 on a pilot scheme to identify people aged over 65 who were at higher risk from having a fire or falling in their home and ensure they were offered support and assistance.
 
GMFRS' Assistant County Fire Officer, Peter O'Reilly, said: "National research shows that the older members of our community are at higher risk from both falls and having accidental fires at home, so we teamed up with two of our local health services to improve the support available to these people.
 
"The project allowed us to put our existing Home Safety Check service to better use.  Along with the usual safety checks carried out by GMFRS' firefighters and community safety we added an assessment on the risk of...

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Fire: Drink-driving eye-opener for college students in Bury

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STUDENTS were given an eye-opening insight into the consequences of drink-driving when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) paid a visit to Bury College.

Firefighters from Whitefield Fire Station, GMFRS volunteers, and community safety staff shared advice and information with students during the college's road safety day on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

The main attraction of the day was the wreckage of a crashed car that was on display in the college car park to deter people from drink-driving.

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The driver of the car - a 24-year-old Tameside man - died instantly when the car collided at speed in April 2012. He'd drunk four pints of cider before getting behind the wheel.

Students were able to look at the car and speak to firefighters about what happens when they have to cut someone out of a vehicle.

Volunteers set up a stall full of information and advice in the college canteen and students were able to test out their skills on GMFRS' driving simulator.

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