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Fire: Firefighters save public over one billion pounds in one year

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester saved the public over one billion pounds last year, according to research showing the impact of emergency responses.

Data recorded by firefighters for a Cost Benefit Analysis study also revealed that for every £1 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) spent on responding to fires, £18 was saved in lives and property.


As part of the study, which took place between April 2014 and March 2015, firefighters were asked to assess each primary fire they attended and record information about lives saved and estimates about the potential for fires spreading within the affected and adjoining properties.

According to the report, GMFRS is estimated to have saved Greater Manchester £224.2m in lives, £371.8m in property saved where a fire occurred and a further £672.5m in neighbouring properties that would have been damaged by the spread of fire if firefighters hadn’t attended. The total amount saved was a staggering £1.27bn in just one year.

Chairman of Greater Manchester...

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Fire: GMFRS welcomes calls to expand the public health workforce

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) calling on the wider workforce to support efforts to improve the nation’s health.

Rethinking the Public Health Workforce identifies workers from across the public and private sectors that could contribute to keeping people safe and well in their communities. 

The report also identifies a number of occupations who have already begun to support public health work including fire and rescue services across the country.  

As well as carrying out 67,000 Home Safety Checks a year GMFRS has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to form a new team called Community Risk Intervention.

The team has been responding to cardiac arrests, concerns for welfare, installing falls reduction equipment and helping people to reduce risk in their homes.

The project has the potential to save the public purse over £3.2million every year by giving people increased...

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Fire: Hundreds of families attend Jewish safety event in Prestwich

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HUNDREDS of people shared in the success of an event at Prestwich’s Jewish community centre – aimed at providing safety advice to families and businesses.


Around 600 visitors attended the safety day on Sunday, July 12, organised by Bury Community Fire Station’s fire safety team in conjunction with the centre.

The team took along two fire engines and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) community event vehicle, which played music and videos to attract the crowds.

The driving simulator was also there to give visitors a chance to test their driving skills and find out how factors such as alcohol affect your capabilities.

GMFRS staff were joined by officers from the Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing Team and an officer from the off-road team with a quad bike.

Mascot Cracker make an appearance, supported by three GMFRS volunteers who were available to assist the teams in providing business and home fire safety advice, and members of the Talent and Resourcing Team were also there to talk to...

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Fire: Commemoration of 30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres

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TODAY marks the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial at 8pm (BST+1) and firefighters from across the globe have been invited to Belgium to mark the occasion or organise events locally on station.

The Menin Gate Memorial was dedicated in 1927 and bears the names of 53,000 servicemen missing in Flanders.

Every night at 8pm buglers from the local fire brigade close the road that passes beneath the memorial and sound the Last Post. 

Except during German occupation during World War II when it took place at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, to this day the ceremony has continued uninterrupted since July 1928.

Stations across Stockport Borough are marking the event tonight ate and would like to invite everyone to join in with the commemoration.

A short ceremony will involve the lowering of the GMFRS Flag to half-mast while a bugler plays the Last Post, after which a minute’s silence will be observed and the flag returned to full-mast.

Stockport, Whitehill and Cheadle fire stations...

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Fire: Firefighters issue heatwave plea

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WITH a heatwave set to hit Greater Manchester today, firefighters want everyone to enjoy the good weather safely by taking care around open waters and barbecues. 

Parts of the county are forecast to soar above 30 degrees celsius over the next 24 hours and while it may be tempting to cool off with a dip in a lake or reservoir, the consequences could be deadly. 


The sunshine will doubtless lead to more barbecues and over the past few months, the county has seen a number of barbecue-related incidents so firefighters are now asking people to take extra care to ensure they stay safe.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “As the weather heats up it’s nice to enjoy outdoor space with family and friends and while we don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves, we want people to stay safe.

“Last year our specialist water rescue units attended nearly 140 incidents where people had got into difficulty in or around water.  

“This is often due to people trying to swim in lakes or...

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Fire: Landlord handed prison sentence for failing to keep his tenants safe

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A LANDLORD who allowed his tenants to live in a flat without even basic fire safety precautions for three years has been sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years.

Javed Waraich, 53, of Lloyd Street South, Manchester was sentenced at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court today, June 26, 2015.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £18,000 prosecution costs within 12 months.

The court heard how officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) first visited Mr Wariach’s property on Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, in 2011.

Officers found there was no working smoke alarm, bedrooms without fire doors, a locked escape route, no fire extinguishers and no emergency lighting.  

Mr Wariach pleaded guilty to these breaches and was fined £9,259 during a hearing in Manchester Magistrates Court on November 7, 2012.    

But even after being prosecuted Mr Wariach failed to carry out the work necessary to make his property safe to live in – to date this work has...

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Fire: Landmark fire safety prosecution lands shisha bar managers in jail

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BOSSES and workers at a shisha bar, which posed so much danger to the public it had to be demolished, have been sentenced at a hearing in Manchester Crown Court.

The Oasis Lounge on Great Jackson Street, Hulme, was torn down after bosses flouted a Prohibition Notice banning people from entering the building for over a month.  

Despite being made aware of safety concerns by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) the shisha bar continued to trade, putting customers’ lives at risk.

Sentencing the six defendants, His Honour Judge Michael Leeming, said: “Those people who invested money in this enterprise put profit before the safety of the paying public.

“It was good fortune rather than good management that no fire took place. Had there been a fire the risk to life would have been catastrophic, with hundreds of panicking people heading to one or two exits in an unfamiliar building.”

Wali Yaqub aged 35, of Mauldeth Road, Burnage was sentenced to 19 months in prison in his absence after to...

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Fire: GMFRS helps Manchester residents have a special day out

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HUNDREDS of lonely pensioners were given a day out to remember thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and its partners. 

The group of Manchester residents were sent on a trip out on the West coast of England on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 

GMFRS staff in Manchester work closely with a number of agencies, including Age Friendly and Northwards Housing.  And it is thanks to the strong relationships with partners that a group of 250 people – some who don’t have any close family members or friends – have enjoyed a day in Southport. 


Ahead of the outing, community safety staff from GMFRS made up goodie bags for the older people containing items such as safety leaflets, pedometers and hand warmers. 

The convoy of coaches left Victoria Square in Manchester at 10am and were waved off by GMFRS staff including firefighters from Manchester Central Fire Station and also the Service’s mascot, Cracker. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We are...

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Fire: Ramadan 2015

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging local Muslim communities to take care over the next month as they begin the period of Ramadan.

Ramadan, which is one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar, started yesterday (Thursday, June 18, 2015).

During this time those who observe Ramadan will fast for 30 days and then celebrate by cooking food before sunrise (Sehri) of after sunset (Iftar).

Head of Prevention, Area Manager Wayne Shields, said: “We would like to wish our Muslim communities of Greater Manchester a very happy Ramadan. 

“We would advise you to take extra care during the times of Sehri and Iftar.  As families prepare food at these times it is important to keep vigilant against fire hazards in the home.

“There are a number of steps which you can take to help prevent fires in the home which include having a working smoke alarm, switching off cookers and hobs when not in use and keeping loose clothing tied back when cooking.

“If you don’t have a working smoke alarm at home, please get in touch with our Contact...

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Fire: Tameside businesses pay price for fire failings

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TWO businessmen have paid the price for ignoring fire safety and allowing people to live in fire traps.

On Tuesday, June 9, Ceyam Rahman, aged 24, of Withington Road, Whalley Range, pleaded guilty to seven offences and was hit with fines and costs totalling £9,759 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecution followed a multi-agency swoop on Ray’s Off Licence on Denton Road in December 2013, which found that the building was a death trap.

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Fire safety officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) visited the premises with officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Tameside Council as part of Operation Phoenix.

Three men, including Rahman, were arrested and later released. Officers found that there was a flat above the licence that was accessed from a rear store room that had no proper fire protection.

There were three bedrooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen with the only cooking facilities being a portable gas stove with the attached butane cylinder being stored upside down.

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