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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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Fire: Over 10,000 people visit Emergency Services Day

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You can see photos of the event on GMFRS' Flickr site here:

MORE than 10,000 people joined in the fun at this year's Emergency Services Day at the Intu Trafford Centre - with more than three million people joining in virtually on social media.  

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) were joined by the military and mountain rescue teams during the event on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

The public were treated to rides in GMFRS' hydraulic platform vehicle, a line rescue demonstration by the Technical Response Unit and a performance by the GMP Band.

NWAS' Hazardous Area Response Team staged a flash mob in the Intu Trafford Centre with paramedics performing CPR on dummies to the sound of 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.

GMFRS' Community Fire Cadets showed off their skills by performing a drill in front of thousands of spectators.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...

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Fire: Brave dad congratulated after going to rescue of man in house blaze

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A FATHER-of-three has been congratulated by the Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) after he went to the rescue of a man who fell asleep during a fire at his home in Rochdale.

Chris Love, a part-time carer, heard smoke alarms going off at a neighbour's house in Kirkway, Kirkholt, in the early hours of Sunday, August 4, 2013.


Knowing that the man had been drinking the previous night and could have fallen asleep, Mr Love got up and went to the house to investigate.

He starting banging on the doors and windows to try and wake the man and when that failed he went round to the back of the house to try and get inside in order to rescue him.

Shortly after, at around 3.15am, crews from Rochdale and Heywood arrived on the scene and firefighters knocked the door down.

They extinguished a small fire in the kitchen and led the man safely out of the house.

On Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014, Mr Love and his family attended Rochdale Fire Station in...

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Fire: Triple WOW! whammy for GMFRS

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GMFRS staff have been recognised by the people of Greater Manchester who have nominated people across the service for a WOW! Award

Firefighters at Marple were thanked for their efforts with Bredbury Primary School after crews paid a visit to the school and helped the children re-enact the Great Fire of London.

Infant teacher Sheila Fowell said: "The Marple firefighters were asked to help our infant department with a re-enactment of the Great Fire of London whereby they were safely burning our houses made in school.

"They had great enthusiasm when working with the children, gave safety and information talks and even though they were called out twice, managed to return to complete the burning.

"The whole team were very accommodating, anxious to please and great with the children, who thoroughly enjoyed their special day. Thanks for making our learning just that bit more special."


Firefighters in Ashton received two WOW! Awards one from St Stephen's Primary in Audenshawe and another from People First -...

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Fire: Teenager warns of ‘quick sand’ danger after being rescued by firefighters

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A TEENAGE girl is warning others about the potential dangers hidden within beauty spots after she had to be rescued from 'quick sand' by firefighters in Urmston.

It comes as crew from Stretford Fire Station visited Urmston Meadows on the afternoon of Monday, August 4, 2014, to put up posters and speak to passers-by about summer safety.

The 15-year-old had been with friends at the well-known beauty spot close to the River Mersey the previous day when she became trapped.

She said: "I've been to the meadows loads of times before and nothing's ever happened.

"I've always known to be careful because I've heard about people slipping and tripping but it's never been anything serious. It just looked like normal ground so I ran out over it and obviously found out it wasn't.

"I would tell other young people to watch where they are going, to follow the trail because I had gone off the trial, and just to be careful because I was not expecting anything like that...

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Fire: Young boxers of Moss Side given a boost by Lord Mayor's Charity

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YOUNG boxers at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club have been given a boost after a generous donation from the Lord Mayor of Manchester's charity We Love MCR.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley, visited the gym personally to hand over a cheque for £2000, see the facilities and meet the young people who use them.

She said: "The We Love MCR charity has always aimed to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester People.
"This goal fits perfectly with the work being by done Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club, which is run by fire fighters who volunteer their own time and skills to help young people in the local community.
"By providing role models and mentors the club has shown a commitment to young people and Moss Side that is truly deserving of the support of the We Love MCR Charity and I'm proud we have been able to help them continue their good work."

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club was founded to improve the relationships between firefighters and young people in...

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