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Fire: GMFRS joins forces with Public Health England to keep people warm and well this winter

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Picture caption left to right: Councillor Tom McGee, Executive Councillor (Health), Stockport MBC, Councillor David Acton, Chairman, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority, Andrew Webb, Corporate Director (People), Stockport MBC, Watch Manager Steve Bullock, GMFRS, Sister Jan Sinclair, Senior Health Care Public Health Nurse, Dr Donna Sager, Deputy Director of Public Health, People's Directorate, Stockport MBC, Paul Starling, Borough Based Group Manager, Stockport and Tameside

MANCHESTER fire and rescue staff are joining forces with Public Health England (PHE) this winter to help communities stay well and warm through the cold months ahead.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign will see fire and rescue staff across the City Region offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during Safe and Well Visits.

Staff will also be delivering winter warmth bags to the Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable elderly residents.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is...

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Fire: Heywood firefighters receive award from the Royal Horticultural Society

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FOLLOWING on from this year’s Heywood in Bloom contest, the hard work of GMFRS firefighters over the summer has once again been recognised by Royal Horticultural Society judges. 

Heywood firefighters made a floral display at the front of the station, highlighting the safety message ‘ban the pan’ to remind people of cooking fires and dangers. 

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On Tuesday, November 29, John Carney from Heywood in Bloom hand-delivered the station’s well-earned award to Station Manager Danny Marshall. 


SM Marshall said: “Heywood station has supported Heywood in Bloom for a number of years now, which forms part of North West in Bloom. 

“The competition sees organisations, including local sheltered housing, join forces and support the event. A route is then formed through the centre of Heywood, where each contestant displays flowers. 

“The event is judged by the Royal Horticultural Society, who visits the displays between June and August. This year the Heywood route received a gold award with our station gaining a level four thriving award - which is deemed to be good.”

Fire: GMFRS on a mission for Christmas 2016

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is assisting Key 103 with Mission Christmas helping to provide children living in poverty with at least one present to open. 

As in previous years all of GMFRS’ fire stations will act as collection points for members of the public to drop off their presents. 

Presents delivered to stations must be new and unwrapped and dropped off before midnight on Wednesday, December 14. 

Further information about Mission Christmas, including other drop off points in Greater Manchester, can be found here:

Fire: Rochdale schoolboy wins bonfire competition

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A YEAR 7 schoolboy is the happy owner of a new tablet thanks to a competition run by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) as part of its Hallowe’en and bonfire campaign. 

12-year-old Louie Hughes from Hollingworth Academy in Milnrow was one of 400 young people to enter the competition, which included entrants answering a safety question, to become the winner of an Apple iPad. 

GMFRS Community Safety Advisor Rod Holmes visited Louie at his school this morning Wednesday, November 23, 2016) to present him with his winning prize. 

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CSA Rod Holmes, Louie Hughes and his mum, Jo Smith

Rod, who is based at Rochdale Community Fire Station, said: “The community safety teams in GMFRS delivered a number safety talks to young people leading up to Bonfire Night, in a bid to keep them safe during autumn. 

“One of the schools I visited was Hollingworth Academy, where I gave a presentation to Year 7 pupils, including Louie. As part of the session I referred the young people to, where they could find details of the competition.”

Fire: Cheadle firefighter breathes life into the heart of the community

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NEWLY qualified firefighter Ben Ward only joined his station in January but he’s already got his finger on the local pulse.

Ben wanted to deliver free CPR training to the local community following European Restart a Heart day on October 18, when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) staff worked in partnership with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and British Heart Foundation (BHF), visited schools and colleges across the county to teach lifesaving CPR skills.

Two classes have already taken place at Cheadle Fire Station with dozens of people signing up to learn what to do if they are faced with someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, and how to use a defibrillator.

After being inundated with requests to take part Ben and his red watch colleagues are offering further free classes at the station on Friday, Nov 25 and Dec 16. 

Talking about the success of the classes, Ben said: “I am really passionate about everyone learning CPR.  It’s a skill we all should have. I wanted to offer the...

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Fire: Call to stay safe in kitchens following busy afternoon of fires

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STAY safe in your kitchen is the message from the fire service after crews attended four kitchen fires in one hour in Greater Manchester yesterday (November 15).

All four fires started in the kitchen area of properties and causes included unattended cooking and residents becoming distracted while cooking.

Area Manager Tony Hunter, Head of Prevention at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), said: “Most of us cook things every day and it is easy to become complacent and distracted – that’s when accidents happen.

“We’re calling on residents to stand by your pan. Never leave cooking unattended and make sure your attention is focussed on the task in hand.”

The first incident GMFRS was called to was at 4.28pm in a ground floor flat in Hyde Road, Manchester. Crews from Gorton, Ashton-under-Lyne and Whitehill attended and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a positive pressure ventilation fan to bring the fire, involving a pan of food left unattended on a cooker, under control. Crews...

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Fire: Rise in tumble dryer fires prompts call to action by firefighters

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RESIDENTS are being asked to check household appliances for recalled items following a rise in fires involving tumble dryers in Greater Manchester. 

Since January this year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has attended 43 fires involving tumble dryers in Greater Manchester– an increase of 11 from the same period in 2015. Not all of these involved recalled items, however, at least eight incidents since the start of 2016 have done so. 

A number of appliances have appeared on recalled lists in recent months, including items from Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline tumble dryers.  

Most recently, firefighters attended a fire involving a recalledIndesit tumble dryer in Wythenshawe and are urging residents to stay safe at home by checking their appliances. 

Watch Manager Tony Harrison, from Wythenshawe Community Fire Station, was in charge of the incident. He said: “The tumble dryer involved in the fire was plugged in to the mains but not switched on when it set...

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Fire: People asked to be aware as bogus caller targets Wigan beauty salon

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking people to be vigilant following an incident in Wigan.

Earlier today (Thursday, November 10, 2016) a beauty salon in Wigan Town Centre received phone calls from someone claiming to work for GMFRS. 

The caller was attempting to sell advertising space in relation to the new community fire and ambulance station, which is being built in Robin Park Road.

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said “Sadly GMFRS has been made aware of an incident where a business local to our station in Wigan has been targeted by people who do not work for GMFRS.

“GMFRS doesn’t cold-call or try to sell items to people and if anyone becomes aware of any more incidents we ask that they are reported to Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards. 

“Also, we want to remind people that GMFRS staff members wear identification badges, with pictures, and carry warrant cards and people can ask to look at these.”

Incidents can be reported to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or to Trading Standard’s citizens’ advice consumer helpline 03454 040506.

Fire: Woman reunited with firefighters who rescued her from house fire – nearly 40 years on!

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A WOMAN from Rochdale has thanked firefighters who rescued her and her sister from a house fire in 1978.

This afternoon (Wednesday, November 9) 43-year-old Catherine Dearden met retired firefighters Allen Buckley, 69, and Dave Jones, 60, who she has not seen since the incident.

The reunion took place at Rochdale Community Fire Station and was arranged following an open day in September where Catherine spoke with Station Manager Mark Doggett from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) about the fire and how she hoped to thank her rescuers one day. 

The incident happened on December 1, 1978, and involved Catherine’s family home in Blackstone Avenue, Belfield. At the time Catherine was five-years-old and she sustained burns from the fire and her sister Andrea was four-years-old. 

SM Mark Doggett said: “At the open day I was approached by Catherine, who informed me that when she was a young child her family was involved in a house fire during which she sustained...

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Fire: Challenging Bonfire Night for Manchester Fire

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HUNDREDS of people dialled 999 last night frightened and concerned as Bonfire Night celebrations caused injury and devastation across Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service had 55 fire engines covering the region with hundreds of firefighters on the run for what is traditionally its busiest night of the year. Despite this, so many calls were received that at the height of demand, half the fire service’s resources were deployed at once.

Emergency calls peaked between 8pm and 9pm when more than one call per minute requesting assistance was received. In total, 300 calls were received between 3pm and 10pm – an increase of 20 per cent on last year. By midnight, another 50 calls had been added to the work of busy firefighters and although the emergencies dropped off throughout the night, fire crews were still attending bonfire-related incidents until gone 6am this morning.

Serious incidents began before 5pm when a 14 year old girl was seriously injured when she was hit in the face by a firework in Pitt Street,...

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