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Fire: Fire service boxing club a life-changer for teenage boxing champ

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A TEENAGE boxer said he owes his success to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club after claiming top prize in the England Boxing Junior ABA championships.

Conner Tudsbury first visited the club in 2008 at the age of just eight after his mum Diane spotted a newspaper article advertising the first ever GMFRS boxing gym – run entirely by local firefighters.


Eight years later, now aged 16, Conner has become the first member of the club to represent the country with England Boxing and is set for knock-out career.

Conner said: “I’ve just won the junior ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) championships where the best people in the region boxed together to see who the best in England is. It’s something I’ve been trying to win for five years so it’s a really big accomplishment for me.”

But it hasn’t been an easy journey for Conner and he...

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Fire: Don't drink and drown

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THIS week, the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) are taking the lead on a campaign asking people to BE WATER AWARE to help reduce the numbers of accidental drownings.

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In Greater Manchester we will be focusing on the risks of falling into water after consuming alcohol, as many of the incidents our firefighters attend have involved people who have been drinking

Around 44 per cent of people who drown didn’t ever intend to enter the water. They fell into the water by accident when they were walking, running or taking part in other activities by the side of rivers, canals, lakes or reservoirs. A quarter of people who drown also have alcohol in their system.

We will be using our social media channels to raise awareness, as well as having a presence in key locations such as the canals in the city centre, Debdale Park and Dovestone Reservoir. We have collaborated with the Royal Life Saving Society, using the strapline 'Don’t Drink and Drown' and have produced a leaflet and poster carrying this message, which is above.

Please support the national campaign by tweeting water safety messages using the hashtag #bewateraware

For more information visit CFOA's website



Fire: GMFRS encourages more youngsters to join The Prince’s Trust scheme

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been working with The Prince’s Trust for 13 years and during that time has helped change the lives of around 1,700 young people.

The Prince’s Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion a UK tour is taking place, with Salford set to receive a visit on Monday, April 25, 2016. 

During the event at Media City (9am to 6pm) youth workers from GMFRS will be on hand to speak to those interested in The Prince’s Trust and getting involved with a future course. 

GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, ACFO Geoff Harris, said: “The Service runs programmes on behalf of The Prince’s Trust youth charity in seven areas of Greater Manchester – Bolton, Salford, Eccles, Hyde, Manchester, Stockport and Trafford – with each programme running three times every year.

“The Prince’s Trust programme is just one of the many youth initiatives run by GMFRS and the 12-week course is aimed at people aged 16 to 25 who...

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Fire: Rochdale Firefighter receives top award for saving the lives of six people

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ROCHDALE Firefighter Chris Watson has been given a top fire service award after saving the lives of six people following a serious road traffic collision.  

DCFO and FF Chris Watson

Chris, from White Watch, was presented with a County Fire Officer’s Certificate of Outstanding Performance on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in a ceremony at Rochdale Community Fire Station.

On Saturday, January 30, 2016, at around 4pm, Chris was on a fire engine travelling back from standby duties at Chadderton along the A627M when the crew came across a serious collision on the entry slip-road to the M62.

The fire engine stopped at the bottom of the slip-road and Crew Manager Andy Holland went to assess the incident.

At that time in the late afternoon the weather conditions were particularly bad – the temperature was below freezing and it had been snowing.

The vehicle involved had gone through the crash barrier and the driver had been partially ejected and was hanging out of the driver’s door. There were also five other casualties in the...

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Fire: GMFRS youth worker educates Swinton High School pupils

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A GMFRS youth worker, who is part of the Salford Integrated Prevention Hub (SIPH), has successfully delivered an education programme to pupils at a Salford high school.

SIPH Youth Engagement Co-ordinator Greg Bithell works in Swinton and has close links with young people in the area, including a group of Year 7 pupils at Swinton High School.


Greg said: “I wanted to engage with young people around prevention from an earlier age so I designed a six-week programme called FIRE (Future Intervention Respect Education) working with Year 7 pupils from Swinton High School which I delivered one day a week.

“The aim of the programme, as well as prevention, was to also improve attainment levels by focussing on respect, education, team work, responsibility, making right choices and improving confidence and self-esteem.

“I put together an interactive programme which engaged the group of eight, who were all from the Swinton area, through various activities such as building a shelter and interactive learning including...

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Fire: Rochdale cadets complete course and Hollins cadets to tackle Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity

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SIX young people are celebrating after completing a Community Fire Cadets course with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). 

Community Fire Cadets is a two year programme aimed at 14 to 17-year-olds who live in Greater Manchester. 

The programme offers young people an opportunity to learn basic firefighting skills while working towards an accredited and nationally recognised qualification, Edexcel Level 2 BTEC in Fire and Rescue Service’s in the Community. 

On the evening of Thursday, March 17, the fire cadets who have completed a programme at Rochdale Community Fire Station were presented with certificates by Station Manager Mark Doggett. 


On the back row from left to right:
Instructor David Nelson, Adam Bamford, Abubaqar Mohammed, SM Mark Doggett, Callum Smart, Oliver Bowman, Instructor Ben Foster
Front row from left to right:
Abigail Graham, Jaroah Khurram, YEC Sarah Swindells

GMFRS Youth Engagement Co-ordinator, said: “Along with the framed certificate to...

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Fire: Campaign launched in Dukinfield following cooking fire

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has today launched a campaign in Dukinfield following a cooking fire on the Queensway Estate.

Houses on the estate will receive a visit from firefighters who will offer fire safety advice to residents to help keep them safe at home and speak to them about GMFRS’ Safe and Well visits.

North West Fire Control received a call shortly after 6am on Thursday, March 17, to report a house fire in the area.

Crew from Stalybridge and Hyde attended the incident and found a fire involving a pan of food which was giving off a lot of smoke.

Station Manager Alan Ashworth said: “Firefighters gained entry at the back of the house and discovered a smouldering pan of food which they cooled down using a hose.

“On searching the house crew found a 31-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman, and three children – aged five, seven and 11 - sleeping in the bedrooms at the front of the house.  Firefighters woke up the five people and led them outside.

“Family members were checked over by our...

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Fire: Staff celebrate more than 700 years' combined service

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FIREFIGHTERS and their families celebrated more than 700 years’ service last night at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Ceremony.

34 firefighters were presented with the Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith JP, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in the county.

The service of support staff was also celebrated with Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, presenting two Fire Authority 40 Years Long Service Award Medals and two 20 Years Long Service Award Medals.

The recipients – from firefighters and officers to ladder technicians and ICT experts – attended the awards ceremony with their families at the Imperial War Museum North.

Between them the recipients have saved countless people from danger, saving lives and protecting property from the devastating impact of fire, floods and other emergencies.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lord...

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Fire: GMFRS celebrates International Women’s Day with firefighter fitness event

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) celebrated International Women’s Day when women from across the county took part in firefighter fitness sessions. 

The national event takes place every year on March 8 and sees people across the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. 

To mark the occasion, GMFRS held an event at its Training and Development Centre on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 where women who work or volunteer for the Service and those who have expressed an interest in joining GMFRS took part in firefighter taster sessions. 

The sessions gave an insight into the firefighter role and included lots of physical activity such as hose runs, ladder carry and climb, breathing apparatus crawl and shuttle run. 


The aim of the event was to encourage more women in Greater Manchester to consider a career with GMFRS, either as a firefighter or in one of many other roles. 

One young woman who took part in a taster session is Sophie Fletcher,...

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Fire: Drug driving campaign launched

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A still from the THINK! TV advert for this year's Drink Drugs campaign.
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TAKING illegal or medical drugs can impair driving ability by affecting judgement, concentration, perception and vision.

It is not just illegal drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine, which can result in dangerous driving behaviour – even antihistamines or cold medicine can have a negative impact on your ability to negotiate the roads.

The effects of drugs, which include aggression, hallucinations and paranoia can last in the body for many days. Just as alcohol can stay in your blood stream for up to 24 hours after you’ve had a drink, drugs can stay in your system for weeks.

In official government statistics, impairment by illegal or medical drugs was recorded as a contributory factor in at least 47 road deaths and 197 serious injuries in Britain in 2014.

Furthermore, if you are caught under the influence of drugs at the wheel you face a fine of up to £5,000, six months in prison and a one-year driving ban.

Greater Manchester...

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