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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.


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.

Whitefield Station Manager,...

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Fire: Greater Manchester hailed as global resilience role model

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GREATER Manchester has been recognised as a "Role Model for Total Resilience" because of its focus on implementing the campaign's entire ten-point checklist for building resilience to disasters.

Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR),welcomed the region's 10 local authorities who have signed up to take part in the campaign, which means they have demonstrated a robust approach to risk management.

The 10 Greater Manchester authorities were confirmed as members of the campaign after being presented with signed certificates from Ms Wahlström, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during an event at The Lowry arts centre in Salford on Monday 8 September.

Taking part in the campaign will enable AGMA authorities to work closely with other urban areas to share innovative ideas, and Greater Manchester has also been named as a role model for other cities both in the UK and internationally.

The work being...

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Fire: Bury training and community site plans given go ahead

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PLANS for GMFRS' new state-of the art training and community centre in Bury have been given the green light by town hall planners.

Members of the Bury Council Planning Control Committee approved the proposals with conditions at a meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

It means construction work can now begin to develop the multi-million pound operational training centre and community safety hub on land off Wellington Street. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "We're delighted that plans for our new firefighter training and community centre have been given the go ahead.

"This development will be a great asset not just for the Bury community but for the whole of Greater Manchester - helping to bring fire safety to life and give members of the public a real insight into how firefighters train.

"Due to a successful reduction in fires in Greater Manchester over several years, firefighters now need to train even more than ever in realistic conditions....

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Fire: Fire cadets take away qualification after completing course

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FIRE cadets from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are celebrating passing a youth programme run by the Service that means they now each have a recognised qualification along with many life skills.

Nine teenagers gathered on the evening of Tuesday, August 19, when they were presented with certificates after successfully completing the two-year course at Manchester Central and Wythenshawe fire stations.


GMFRS' Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly handed the young people their well-deserved certificates at the celebration event at the Training and Development Centre in Manchester, where they were joined by family, friends and staff from GMFRS.

Firefighter Lewis Jeffery, who is also a Cadet Instructor, said: "The cadets from Manchester Central and Wythenshawe are the first group to pass the scheme with 15 finishing it in total.

"The cadets were proud to receive their certificates for passing the course by ACFO Peter O'Reilly, and as a tribute to Firefighter Stephen Hunt...

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Fire: Majority of Greater Manchester homes now have smoke alarms thanks to work of GMFRS

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HOMES in Greater Manchester are safer than ever thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) free Home Safety Check service.

The work of firefighters, community safety staff and volunteers to spread the message about the importance of smoke alarms and fit them free of charge has ensured that the majority of homes in Greater Manchester are now fitted with the life-saving devices.

Statistics reveal that a total of 81 per cent of all homes recently involved in fire in Greater Manchester had a smoke alarm fitted - and the figures have steadily risen from 67 per cent three years ago.

GMFRS is beating the national average - a report from the Department of Communities and Local Government reveals that nationally in 2012/13, just 69 per cent of homes involved in a fire had a smoke alarm.

GMFRS' Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Officer Peter O'Reilly, said: "While the statistics show that 81 per cent of all homes involved in a fire had smoke...

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Fire: Teenage ‘angels’ recognised by fire chief for brave actions

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A GROUP of teenagers from Bolton have been thanked personally by the County Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) after they helped an elderly lady out of a house fire last year.

A recognition event took place on the evening of Monday, August 18, at Bolton North Fire Station - where 92-year-old Dorothy Booth of Blackurn Road met three of the youngsters who came to her rescue when her chip pan caught fire, along with Blue Watch who went to the fire.

Dorothy, who has just turned 92, thanked Matthew Reilly, Ashley Glenn and Grant Walker during the presentation where the quick-thinking teenagers were handed framed congratulation letters as a reminder of what they did last September.

Unfortunately Lauren Jones, Marisa Barton and Beth Edge were unable to make the event so will be given their letters at a later time.

back row l-r: Matthew Reilly, Ashley Glenn, Grant Walker, Dorothy Booth, CFO Steve McGuirk and front row Blue Watch Bolton North


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Fire: GMFRS enters partnership with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

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TO officially recognise a partnership between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT), an official agreement has been made between the two services.

The two organisations have been working together to improve the safety and wellbeing of people with mental health needs and first joined forces in 2009.

GMFRS' Assistant County Fire Officer, Peter O'Reilly, and MMHSCT's Chief Nurse and Director of Quality Assurance Anita Rolfe signed the agreement at Fire Service Headquarters in Swinton on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Director of Prevention and Protection Peter O'Reilly said: "There are a number of factors which can increase fire risk, and these can include living alone, chaotic lifestyles, hoarding, use of substances such as alcohol and drugs, memory impairment and smoking.

"Some of these factors are often more common for individuals in contact with mental health services. 

"GMFRS has been working with MMHSCT for...

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Fire: Exercise allows blue light services to work together in realistic environment

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FIREFIGHTERS, police officers and paramedics come together to deal with the aftermath of a serious simulated smash that resulted in many casualties.

The event took months of planning and allowed staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to be tested as part of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) validation process.

Three fire engines, the Technical Response Unit from Leigh and the Command Support Unit were joined by crews from Salford, Bolton Central, Wigan and Leigh at GMFRS' Incident Command Academy (ICA) training venue at Leigh Fire Station.

The scenario depicted a police chase that ended up in a severe road traffic collision involving a tanker, a building and several cars - leaving several people injured and a police officer fatality.

ICA Manager Kevin O'Connor from GMFRS said: "The exercise was the culmination of over nine months of development...

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