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Fire: New laws require landlords to fit smoke alarms on each floor of their properties

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RULES for landlords are changing and they must ensure that a smoke alarm is equipped on every storey of their rented dwelling when occupied under a tenancy. 

Landlords must also ensure that a carbon monoxide alarm is equipped in any room which contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance. 

The new regulations, which come in to force on October 1, 2015, also require landlords to ensure that such alarms are in proper working order at the start of a new tenancy. 

The Department for Communities and Local Government are going to provide Fire and Rescue Authorities with a small number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for private landlords. 

The intention is to help landlords seeking to comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm (England) Regulations before they come into force. 

These regulations will apply to all landlords in the private rented sector, including those renting agricultural dwellings and tied accommodation, which have generally tended to fall outside the scope of...

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Fire: *No title*

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A HOMELESS man has been reunited with staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) who helped him out in a time of need.

On the evening of Tuesday, March 10, 48-year-old Perry Parker had been sleeping on Rupert Street when his bag of blankets and clothes were set alight.

GMFRS firefighters from Bolton Central Fire Station put out the fire and members of the Community Risk Intervention Team then offered welfare support to Perry.

Perry, along with Alan Holt from Urban Outreach in Bolton, were invited to Bolton Central on Thursday, April 16, to meet those who helped him following the incident which left him with no belongings and shaken.

Perry said: “I’ve been left shaken following the incident and keep having nightmares about my bag of clothes being set alight and how I came back to find them on fire and a man running away.

“I really enjoyed meeting the firefighters and others fire service staff who helped me after the incident and can’t thank them enough.”

On the evening of the incident firefighters went to Rupert Street and once the...

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Fire: GMFRS supports family fun day to raise cash for life-saving defibs

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FIREFIGHTERS from Bolton Borough joined in with an Easter fun day in Kearsley where thousands of pounds were raised to save lives. 

The event was organised by Tracey Wilkinson who is the fundraising manager for Bolton ICD (implantable cardiac defibrillator) Support Group that was set up in 2006 to support patients and their families after an ICD had been implanted into a patient.  


The group has since developed and now raises funds to equip schools and sports clubs with automated external defibrillators, so when our firefighters heard about the event taking place at the Easter weekend they couldn’t wait to get involved and help out. 

Watch Manager Paul Harrison, Farnworth Green Watch, arranged with Tracey for his watch and their colleagues from Bolton Central to attend the event along with an aerial appliance, at Kearsley Cricket Club on Easter Monday (April 6). 

Crew Manager Steve Coote, Green Watch Farnworth, said: “It was a wonderful event at a local cricket club which we had the pleasure of...

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Fire: Irlam fire cadets raise vital funds to buy life saving equipment for their community

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FIRE cadets in Irlam have been raising money to buy a life-saving piece of equipment for the community. 

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Irlam Community Fire Cadets attended Tesco in Irlam to fundraise for a Community Automated External Defibrillator.

A defibrillator is used in conjunction with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and is a vital piece of first-aid equipment when dealing with a cardiac arrest.

CPR will help keep oxygen flowing to the brain and vital organs but only the electric shock of a defibrillator will rectify the heart’s irregular rhythm.

Irlam Firefighter Lewis Jeffery said: "The cadets at Irlam Fire Station have received Heartstart training as part of their programme and they all felt that the two-hour session gave them confidence and a better understanding of how to deal with someone having a cardiac arrest.

"They had never used a defibrillator before but after training with it they realised how important it is.

"Irlam Fire Station is very much at the heart of...

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Fire: Crew Create A Crackin' Easter For Kids

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YOUNG patients at Manchester Children’s Hospital today enjoyed a really Good Friday after firefighters turned up to dish out hundreds of Easter Eggs.
Crew from Red Watch Moss Side joined members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Response Unit in Ashton to create an egg hunt where young patients had to find clues around a number of emergency vehicles.
They were joined by the Service’s much-loved mascot – the six foot tall golden Labrador fire dog Cracker.
Scott Barry-Godsell, firefighter on Red Watch at Ashton and part of the Technical Response Unit, said: “We have had a great afternoon. The children loved the vehicles that we have in the fire service – especially the children’s miniature fire engine and the community vehicle which blows bubbles. Those inside the hospital who were unable to come out could see them as the wind carried them right around the building.”
The event was organised in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House Charity and more than 200 Easter eggs were donated by local...

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Fire: Staff awarded for a combined public service of 600 years

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LAST night, staff members from across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were awarded medals for a combined total of 600 years of dedicated public service.

A total of 22 uniformed staff received Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medals for 20 years of service, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith JP, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

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Two non-uniformed staff members were awarded the Fire Authority 20 Years Long Service Award Medal and three received the Fire Authority 40 Years Long Service Award Medal – presented by Chairman of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton.

The recipients – from firefighters and officers to mechanics and catering assistants – attended an awards ceremony with their families last night (Wednesday, April 1, 2015) at the Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays.

Between them they have rescued dozens of people from fires and collisions, saved several lives and dedicated hundreds of hours to...

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Fire: Not a baaaaaad resc-ewe! Crew rescue sheep from Ramsbottom ravine

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a runaway sheep that was stuck down a ravine in Ramsbottom.

Crew from Ramsbottom Fire Station and the Water Incident Unit from Eccles were called to Redisher Court shortly after 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

A sheep had somehow ended up stuck down a ravine and the RSPCA officer that was on the scene was struggling to get to it.

Ramsbottom Watch Manager Kris Bailey said: “A member of the public had spotted the sheep and contacted the RSPCA – the animal had been there for about three hours.

“It was culvert that’s part of a stream with about a 12 to 15ft drop either side. The RSPCA officer tried to get to the sheep but couldn’t reach it and called us for help.

“We worked with the boat crew from Eccles and managed to get the sheep up the ladder and using the rope rescue equipment we hoisted it out.

“The RSPCA officer then took the sheep into the back of his van and the animal was safe and well.

“We’ve no idea how it got there but it had tags on so the...

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Fire: Ramsbottom fashion designer shoots new collection campaign at GMFRS

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RAMSBOTTOM Community Fire Station became an unlikely photo studio this week when a local celebrity fashion designer shot pictures for his new clothing range.


Left to right are: Firefighter Andy Roberts, Henry Holland and Retained Firefighter Ben Kirkham

Thirty-one-year-old Henry Holland was joined by a male model and crew for the photo shoot on Monday, March 16.

It was part of the promotion for his new clothing campaign, which is set to launch in the summer, and focuses on Henry’s hometown of Ramsbottom.

The designer chose the fire station in Stubbins Lane as one of the locations to shoot his quirky photos, which also featured Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) bright new fire kit.

Henry said: “Having grown up in Ramsbottom I wanted to go back to my hometown to shoot the photos for my new collection at well-known, traditional locations and the fire station was a perfect choice.

“It was really nice to meet the firefighters and the community staff, and to see the station being used...

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Fire: GMFRS lead the way with top apprenticeship scheme

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has proved to be a true trailblazer when it comes to apprenticeship standards.

The Business Fire Safety Advisor (BFSA) Apprenticeship was developed as a route into the business fire safety arena for young members of the public of Greater Manchester.

An apprenticeship standard is being developed by the Trailblazing Working Group which includes fire and rescue services, Skills for Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Air Force Fire Service, Fire Protection

Association, The Fire Officers Association,

The Business Fire Safety Advisor standard was submitted to Business, Innovation and Skills at the beginning of March and has now been approved.

Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly, said: “We’re joining forces with organisations from across the fire and rescue sector to design a new Business Fire Safety apprenticeship.

“We want to make other organisations in our sector aware of the apprenticeship scheme.

“The apprentices will...

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Fire: Not so unlucky! 13 young apprentices join Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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TO COINCIDE with National Apprenticeship Week, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has welcomed its latest intake of apprentices to its team. 

The 13-strong group started their apprentice journey on Monday, March 9, 2015, when they took part in a two-day induction programme to get them ready to become trainee community safety advisors, business safety advisors and administrators. 

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider society. 

During their 12-month apprenticeship, the group will get involved in a range of activities to help make the community safer as well as gaining valuable skills and experience with the hope of securing more permanent positions with GMFRS or elsewhere in the future. 

GMFRS introduced its apprenticeship scheme as a pilot in October 2012 and due to its success a second programme started in November 2013 followed by the third programme in March 2015 with...

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