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Fire: Plans submitted for interactive community centre and firefighter training site in Bury

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has submitted plans for a state-of-the-art training centre and community hub in Bury.

The centre in Wellington Street will breathe new life into a 10-acre area of land that has been empty for some time.

GMFRS has been working with Kier Northern and Paragon to design the centre and, if approved, it is hoped the new site will be open in 2015.

Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: "We're investing in the area now to make long-term savings and we're confident that this investment will not only provide the very best in realistic, scenario-based training and development for our staff but also a fantastic community facility that local people can use to learn more about the dangers of fire and other incidents we attend.

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"Having reduced fires by more than 40 per cent in the past eight years, it's more important than ever for GMFRS to provide the very best facilities for firefighters to train for incidents to protect the...

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Fire: Family affair for GMFRS search and rescue dog

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) search and rescue dog Ace led the way for his son Buster during a training exercise organised by Eccles Fire Station.

Ace and his trainer, Crew Manager Mike Dewar, (pictured below, left) were invited to take part in a multi-agency water rescue training exercise held at Sale Water Park on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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The exercise was also attended by firefighters from GMFRS' Technical Response Unit (TRU) from Leigh, two fire engines from Farnworth, HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, the Water Incident Unit from Eccles and two GMFRS volunteers who acted as casualties for the dogs to find.

GMFRS' newest search and rescue dog Ace was joined by his son Buster - a search and rescue dog who's been personally trained by TRU Firefighter Clare Louth (pictured above, right, with Buster).

The exercise scenario involved a man that had fallen into the water and was accompanied by two children who were missing somewhere...

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Fire: Bury firefighter urges people to take up first-aid after saving pal’s life

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A BURY firefighter is urging people to learn first-aid after saving the life of his best friend who had a heart attack during a pub meal.

Keith Hadley was out having dinner with his wife and their two friends Beryl and Glynn Molloy at a pub in Oldham when Glynn passed out at the table.

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The skills he'd learned as a firefighter kicked in and Keith immediately started to assess Glynn - first putting him into the recovery position before suspecting a heart attack and starting CPR.

Now Keith is urging members of the public to learn first-aid and basic life-saving skills through schemes such as the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Heartstart programme so they too can give someone the best possible chance of survival in the event of a medical emergency. 

The incident took place at the Black Ladd Pub and Restaurant on Saturday, February 22, and 56-year-old Glynn is now recovering at home following a five bypass heart operation.

The foursome have been friends for around eight...

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Fire: GMFRS and New Charter join forces to help the people of Tameside

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THE health and wellbeing of residents in Tameside is set to improve with a new promise from New Charter Homes and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Both organisations have pledged to improve fire safety by working more with communities to highlight risks and how they can be prevented.

They will target work around people who need it most to help change behaviours including raising awareness of the dangers of smoking in the home - one of the biggest causes of fires.

Tameside Borough Manager Jon Heydon said: "We're delighted to be able to join forces with New Charter Homes.

"By working hand-in-hand with staff from New Charter we will be able to target the people who need our help the most and raise awareness of issues like smoking and drinking, which increase the risk of suffering a fire in your home."

Through the new official agreement all reports of fires to New Charter will be carefully monitored and evaluated with the fire service to target resources around...

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Fire: Thousands of homes safer thanks to GMFRS

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MORE than 67,000 homes in Greater Manchester are safer this year thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Firefighters, community safety staff and volunteers carried out free Home Safety Checks in properties across Greater Manchester between April 2013 and March 2014

During this time they fitted over 100,000 smoke alarms.

The figures have been released during National Home Safety Week, which takes place between March 24 and March 30.

During a Home Safety Check, GMFRS staff visit a home at an allocated time and accompany the residents around every room in their property with the aim of:

  • Identifying and making them aware of the potential fire risks in their home.
  • Making sure they know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks.
  • Helping them put together an escape plan in case a fire breaks out in the future.
  • Ensuring they have a working smoke alarm and if they don't, we may fit a FREE ten-year smoke alarm.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...

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Fire: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service works to reduce number of fires at waste recycling sites

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is working to reduce the number of fires at waste recycling sites across Stockport.

In a bid to improve the safety of waste recycling sites and reduce the risk of fire GMFRS formed a partnership with a number of agencies, including the Environment Agency, Greater Manchester Police and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council SMBC. 

Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Working Pensions are also members of the partnership.

Fire Safety Officer Dave Prince, from GMFRS, has attended several inspections at major waste sites with the last once taking place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Bredbury with partners.

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Area Manager of Stockport Borough, Billy Myers, said: "Fire at waste recycling sites can have a huge impact, not only on the local community and environment, but also on the wider economy.

"On a national basis fire and rescue services are working with partners and stakeholders across the...

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Fire: Schoolchildren and celebrity chef join celebrations as new fire station officially opens

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A CELEBRATION event which included a celebrity chef cook-off and opening ceremony performed by local schoolchildren officially marked the opening of Rochdale's new Community Fire Station today (Thursday, March 20, 2014).

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the building in Halifax Road is their greenest building yet and replaces the old station in Maclure Road, which closed earlier this year.

Fire crew from Rochdale's White Watch were joined on duty by local celebrity chef Andrew Nutter and pupils from nearby Heybrook Primary School.

Winners of an art competition from the school unveiled an opening banner, applauded by around 100 people including GMFRS' County Fire Officer and Chief Executive Steve McGuirk, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority (GMFRA), Councillor David Acton, Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Peter Rush, and Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Peter Holland.

Councillor David Acton, Chair of GMFRA, said: "We are really pleased to...

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Fire: News interest in fire station resources

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THERE have been news reports over the last 24 hours about fire resources. We thought it would be useful to reassure you and clarify the situation - if you call 999 in the event of a fire, we will be there.

County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Steve McGuirk, said:

"It is very misleading for us to say pumps are 'on' or 'off' the run on a station by station basis as it implies there will be no emergency response for that station for the day and causes unnecessary public alarm. This is not the way we plan fire cover  -  and hasn't been for many years. Our resources are moved around every time there is an emergency to make sure there is cover/availability across the whole of Greater Manchester. Indeed, it always has been the case that for a lot of time fire engines aren't on station anyway, they are out in the community, training or doing safety inspections.

"To be clear, we have 46 appliances available right now for immediate response in Greater Manchester alone - to add...

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Fire: GMFRS crews continue to support flood relief efforts in Surrey

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is continuing to support the ongoing flood relief efforts in the South of England - ten days after crews and specialist vehicles were deployed to the area.

Firefighters and officers have been located in and around the town of Chertsey in Surrey where the community has been devastated by the effects of severe flooding.

At the moment, GMFRS crews are moving somewhere in the region of 18,000 to 20,000 litres of water per minute into the River Thames.

They are one of the few units in the area that are fully self-sufficient - operating continually day and night from three separate pumping sites.

Last week, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson took Secretary of State Eric Pickles and Chief Fire and Rescue Service Advisor Peter Holland to visit the GMFRS scene of operations, where they witnessed the full capability of the High Volume Pumps (HVPs) being used. 

The GMFRS team - which consists of 10 HVP trained...

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Fire: FAQs for businesses wanting to support GMFRS traineeships

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We've been inundated with businesses wanting to support our traineeships and want to take the opportunty to thank everyone for their interest.

We thought it might be useful to share some FAQs:

What do you want from businesses?
We're asking businesses to offer quality work experience placements for our trainees and to offer them an interview opportunity.

How long for?
We're hoping to get an average placement of around 12 weeks. But we're interested in anyone who could offer between six weeks and six months.

When do you want these placements to start?
We plan to get the traineeships started in May 2014.

How do I know that the work placement will be valuable to my business?
We will do an assessment/selection process. This will involve profiling all the trainees and businesses so that we can match them to fit interests, skills and experience and ensure that they receive the right opportunities for development and progression.

Will it cost me?
This is a Government-funded programme, so all the...

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