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Fire: TV show focuses on boxing gym

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Moss Side Boxing Club had a visit from the television cameras recently.


Sky TV’s Ed Robinson hosted his Ringside in the Gym segment from the gym attached to Moss Side Fire Station and he interviewed firefighter-cum-boxing trainer Nigel Travis about the role the facility plays in the community.

Fire: Thousands attend organised events but firefighters attacked by mindless minority on Bonfire Night

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THOUSANDS of people heeded safety warnings and enjoyed a happy bonfire night at one of Greater Manchester’s organised events – whilst a mindless minority attacked firefighters and set fires across the county.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), which tweeted every incident live from its Twitter account, said more than 300 calls were received between 4.30pm and midnight despite heavy rain.


Among them, a number of wheelie bin fires, fires on waste grounds and a worrying number of fires set in children’s play areas right across the city region.


The worst incidents included one in Sabden Close, Miles Platting, where youths hammered firefighters from Blackley Fire Station with bricks after ripping fences down to start a fire close to electricity sub-station.


And in a second shocking incident Police were called when hose was deliberately slashed as firefighters tackled a fire in Melrose Avenue, Leigh.


But elsewhere in the city a total of...

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Fire: GMFRS backs campaign to support veterans suffering from PTSD on Bonfire Night

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is backing a campaign launched by Wigan Council to be mindful of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) this Bonfire Night.

The Service has created a film highlighting the issue featuring a police dog handler, who works with Service Dogs UK – a charity which provide assistance dogs for veterans of the armed forces and emergency services who suffer from PTSD. 

You can watch the video here.

Loud bangs and other unexpected noises, like fireworks, can have an adverse effect on those who have served in the armed forces, especially those suffering from PTSD.

Wigan Council launched the campaign after a Facebook post published by Greater Manchester Armed Forces page reached over 100,000 people.

The post asked people to be considerate towards veterans this Bonfire Night and received a lot of feedback.

One of those veterans was ex-solider Andy Reid, who commented: “I think it's very important people are made aware of the distress fireworks...

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Fire: Funeral of GMFRS Crew Manager Lee Gaunt - flowers and donations

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THE funeral of our colleague, Crew Manager Lee Gaunt, takes place on Friday, November 6.

His family have expressed their wishes for a sea of blue and white flowers at the church, as Lee was a dedicated Manchester City fan.

Anyone wishing to send flowers is asked to ensure they are blue and white only and that they are sent to St John’s Church in Vicarage Drive, Dukinfield, to arrive no later than 9.30am on Friday.

Any donations should be made to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Lee, a member of Green Watch Stalybridge, died on Sunday October, 18.

Fire: Public Health England and Safe and Well visits

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester will be helping keep thousands of elderly people safe this winter after being chosen to lead a national health initiative.

Every winter 30,000 people die as a result of health issues linked to cold weather.

Various agencies work hard to prevent unnecessary deaths but Public Health England are hoping to save even more lives through a new partnership with fire and rescue services.

Greater Manchester is one of three services chosen to support the health and social care system by promoting public health and preventative health care when visiting people in their homes.

The service already visits over 60,000 homes each year to fit smoke alarms and provide fire safety advice but now firefighters will also use the opportunity to give advice on falls prevention, cold homes, social isolation and flu inoculations.

They will take action or refer residents onto other health and social care services, including those provided by voluntary sector organisations such as Age UK.

These checks will be known as...

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Fire: Firefighters issue warning after powerful fireworks are found dumped in Manchester

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FIREFIGHTERS have issued a half-term warning to parents after boxes of powerful fireworks were found dumped at the side of a road in Gorton.

The fireworks contained in the boxes are so powerful, people must be at least 25 metres away from them before they are lit.

They present a significant danger to any children who may have found them before they were removed.

The two boxes of fireworks were found by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) abandoned on the pavement by Textile Street near Gorton Lane, Manchester. 

Officers from Greater Manchester Police are investigating the incident and the fireworks are being stored at a secure explosives facility within GMFRS.




Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said: “Thanks to the vigilance of our staff these fireworks are in a safe place, but the boxes were open and we fear some of them may have been taken.

“They are very large and very powerful explosives – the...

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Fire: Thousands of students learn CPR as lifesaving partnership launches

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TODAY (Friday, October 16) thousands of young people across Greater Manchester will learn to become lifesavers thanks to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).


Firefighters, Service staff and volunteers are visiting schools and colleges across the county to teach lifesaving CPR to students as part of a partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

It is part of the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign, which aims to improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests.

The event also marks Restart a Heart Day, which takes place today and will see young people across Europe learning CPR.

GMFRS’ County Fire Officer, Peter O’Reilly, said: “We’re really pleased to be joining the fight for every heartbeat and providing young people across Greater Manchester with basic lifesaving skills.

“Hundreds of firefighters and support staff will be visiting schools and colleges on October 16 to teach as many young people as possible how to perform...

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Fire: Partnership with health trust continues to improve wellbeing for many people

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IT is two years since Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust signed a potentially life-saving partnership agreement, which is proving to be a great success. 

To coincide with the second anniversary Pennine Care is hosting a fire safety week starting on Monday, October 12, where staff from both organisations will be on hand giving safety advice to make even more members of the community safe. 

The partnership was established in October 2013 to protect and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of local people. 

Since that time staff from Pennine Care and GMFRS have been delivering the mutual aims of the agreement of reducing the risk of fire, fire injuries and deaths, protecting people, property and the environment from harm, improving the health and wellbeing of local communities and improving fire safety and health awareness of staff. 

In line with the agreement fire safety has been incorporated into core business within Pennine Care with the...

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Fire: GMFRS supports ambulance service's #findthedefib campaign

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DURING the month of ‘Shoctober’ Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is backing North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) social media campaign to raise awareness of the location of defibrillators (AEDs).

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CFO Peter O'Reilly taking a selfie of himself with the defibrilator at GMFRS' HQ

It is estimated that there are thousands of these life-saving portable machines in the North West which NWAS doesn’t know about so if someone calls 999 in the event of a cardiac arrest, the Trust can’t direct them to the nearest one.

Therefore, people are being asked to take a picture of themselves next to a defib and to tweet it with the hashtag #findthedefib and their location, in the hope it will raise awareness and help save lives.

GMFRS' County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly is leading by example (see picture above) and has tweeted his selfie. Peter took his selfie next to the defibrillator at GMFRS' headquarters – it is situated to the left of reception after you enter the main part of the building.


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Fire: GMFRS staff support older people across Greater Manchester

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been busy engaging with older members of the community across the county celebrating Older People’s Day 2015.

To mark the occasion, one elderly resident in each borough will receive a hamper of goodies as a special gift from GMFRS staff who have been donating food and other items in the run up to Thursday, October 1. 

A number of events took place leading up to and during Older People’s Day allowing staff from across GMFRS to reach out to the more vulnerable people in Greater Manchester to help keep them safe and well. 

The range of activities that took place included a Full of Life event at Wigan Youth Zone on Tuesday, September 29, a coffee and bingo morning at Hollins Community Fire Station and an event at Levenshulme’s St Mary's Parish Centre on Thursday, October 1. 

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Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Today is National Older People’s Day and I am urging everyone to check on an elderly neighbour...

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