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Fire: Kyle Buckley becomes a firefighter for the day

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AN 11-year-old boy from Bolton became a firefighter for a day thanks to Bolton North firefighters. 

Kyle Buckley from Deane spent two years having chemotherapy to overcome rare muscle tissue cancer rhabdomyosarcoma, and after a third diagnosis Kyle and his family members are now battling the illness again. 

On Friday, June 3, Kyle went to the Crompton Way station to meet Green Watch members, who have been raising money for Kyle and his family. Firefighter Dan Winters from Bolton North is taking part in a number of fundraising event to support the cause and during the visit he showed Kyle around the station and how firefighting equipment works. 


Crew Manager Jay Jones said: “Kyle has twice been given the all clear from cancer but in March this year it returned and has spread to his kidneys. His Mum is my wife's cousin and she asked for help in fundraising as they have been told that Kyle’s best hope is to find trials or look abroad for treatment. 

“Firefighter Winters decided he would like to help Kyle by doing 12...

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Fire: Philips Park Community Fire and Ambulance Station Officially Opened

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FIREFIGHTERS and paramedics are now working from one location in the Philips Park area of Manchester as the two services build on a successful partnership.

The two organisations will now be based under one roof at Philips Park Community Fire and Ambulance Station, which officially opened on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) gathered to mark the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Briscoe Lane site.

The event was led by GMFRS County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA) Councillor David Acton, Chief Executive of NWAS Derek Cartwright, and Chair of NWAS NHS Trust Wyn Dignan.


Photo L-R Derek Cartwright, Wyn Dignan, Councillor David Acton and Peter O'Reilly

Philips Park is the second GMFRS station to share a location and facilities with NWAS and there are plans for more shared services across the county. Earlier this year, officers from Greater...

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Fire: GMFRS set to host roadshow to celebrate and recruit volunteers

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is ready to join in with celebrations during National Volunteers’ Week 2016.

National Volunteer’s Week is taking place from Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 12, when a number of events hosted by GMFRS will take place across Greater Manchester. 

Existing GMFRS volunteers and staff members will be at the events to talk to those who are interested in joining the team of volunteers and about upcoming volunteer roles the Service.

Since the Service’s volunteering programme launched in 2008, more than 200,000 hours have been donated by volunteers, carrying out various roles in the community.

Uzma Babb, GMFRS Volunteer Development Officer, said: “Our volunteers are fantastic and without their dedication and hard work we wouldn’t be able to do as much work as we do now in the community.

“This year a special thank-you event for our volunteers is planned for the evening of Saturday, June 4, where volunteers will be thanked for their hard work and commitment...

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Fire: Statement following conclusion of Firefighter Stephen Hunt inquest

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FOLLOWING the conclusion today of the inquest into the death of Firefighter Stephen Hunt on July 13, 2013, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following statement.

County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Peter O’Reilly, said: “I speak for everyone in Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service when I say that we feel the same today as we did when we lost Stephen three years ago and that is utterly, utterly devastated. The inquest has heard and seen some harrowing evidence over seven weeks of intense scrutiny. It has been hard on everyone but our thoughts are always with Stephen’s family first and foremost, who have conducted themselves with dignity and grace despite having to hear and see the most terrible information anyone could hear or see about their son or brother or dad.

“We cannot bring Stephen back and we cannot change the events of that day, as much as we would give everything we have to do so. What we can do is learn from the...

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Fire: Dementia Awareness Week

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Dementia Awareness Week with the service’s Safe and Well visits.

The awareness week runs from Sunday, May 15 to Saturday, May 21, and GMFRS firefighters and community staff will focus part of the home visits on helping people living with dementia and also providing advice to prevent the risks of developing it.

Those suffering with dementia are at increased risk of fire due to symptoms including forgetfulness and getting easily distracted.

GMFRS has signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance, which is a group of organisations committed to improving the quality of life for people with dementia living in Greater Manchester.

The Service has also set up partnerships with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT), Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust (GMW), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (PCFT), and 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (5BP).

Paula Breeze, Health and Social Care Services Co-ordinator, said: “By carrying out Safe and Well interventions we...

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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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