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Fire: Local legend and honorary firefighter Brian celebrates 50th birthday at Bury Fire Station

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A LOCAL legend was given a fiftieth birthday to remember when he spent the day with his favourite firefighters at Bury Community Fire Station.


Brian Jones, who works at Tesco in Bury, spent the day with White Watch on Wednesday, December 17, 2104, in celebration of the milestone occasion.

He has loved the fire service since his was a boy and has paid regular visits to his local fire station for almost 30 years, building a strong bond with White Watch who have made him an honorary firefighter.

Ten years ago, Brian spent the day with the watch at the old fire station at The Rock to mark his fortieth birthday.

Firefighter John Mitchell said: “Brian comes to the station at least once a week and helps us clean the fire engines and has a brew with us at lunch times – he’s just a great guy.

“When I first joined the job 18 years ago I was detached to Bury and Brian was the first person I saw at the station. He was stood at the gates telling me what position I was riding on the fire...

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Fire: Atherton firefighters go to rescue of man who fell in street

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QUICK-THINKING firefighters Atherton went to the rescue of an elderly man who fell in the street and created a makeshift tent to keep him warm and dry.

The crew from Green Watch were returning to the fire station in Gloucester Street after attending an incident when they spotted a man on the floor outside a supermarket on Tyldesley Old Road shortly before 12.30pm today (Monday, December 15).

The 90-year-old man had been out to post his Christmas cards when he fell and it’s thought he had been on the ground for some time when the firefighters pulled over to assist him.

Watch Manager Ian Gardner, from Green Watch Atherton, said: “He was crossing the road and had tripped and fallen – he was conscious but was in a lot of pain.

“One of the trauma technicians on the watch gave first-aid and one of the firefighters had the idea to make a little shelter out of the salvage sheets on the fire engine to protect him.


“The man was concerned because nobody could contact his family so we found his keys and went to his...

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Fire: Care home campaign in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale

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DOZENS of care homes in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale are now more informed about fire safety thanks to a campaign by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Around 100 residential care home owners and senior managers attended awareness sessions recently provided by Fire Safety Officers Keith Richmond and Jon Hill.

The aim of the campaign was to directly target the responsible person, or people, of the care homes to ensure they are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

The presentations featured a case study about the tragic incident at Rose Park Care Home in South Lanarkshire where a fire claimed the lives of 14 residents in 2004.

GMFRS Station Manager Paul Whittaker said: “We used the Rose Park incident to show people what can go wrong, highlight the potential for a fire and explain what is expected of them if a fire does occur. 

“The officers promoted and delivered the events over a number of sessions for each of the boroughs – clearly explaining fire safety...

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Fire: Eight elderly people have died in house fires – help us prevent more deaths

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FIREFIGHTERS have issued a festive plea to the public to look out for elderly relatives and neighbours after a number of elderly people died in house fires.

This year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been called to fires in Trafford, Manchester, Wigan, Stockport and Rochdale where eight elderly people have died after fires accidently broke out in the homes.

Now the Service is asking you to help us prevent any more deaths this winter.

Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We’re issuing this plea now because the falling temperatures put older people at even greater risk of fire as they attempt to keep warm using heaters, candles and electric blankets.

“It is alarming that eight elderly people have died following fires in their homes this year – and what makes it even more tragic is that these incidents could have been prevented.”

Just this morning (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) crew from Altrincham were sent to...

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Fire: GMFRS supports Business Safety Week with roadshow event

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Capture.JPGPROTECTION staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are visiting businesses this week giving information and advice about fire safety as part of the first ever UK Business Safety Week.

The Community Event Vehicle and staff from across the Service are going on a safety roadshow to help businesses manage their risk, complete fire risk assessments and ensure business continuity plans are in place.

It’s all part of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) event, which runs from December 8 to 14.

Yesterday (Monday, December 8) teams visited businesses in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale and they will be out every day this week in other areas of Greater Manchester.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Our focus this week is to provide business continuity advice to small industrial businesses because these are the types of premises where we tend to get fires.

“They’re not necessarily life-risk incidents but a fire can seriously affect business if the...

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Fire: Northern Quarter safety campaign saves quarter of a million #BSW14

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A CAMPAIGN by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to make Manchester’s Northern Quarter safer saved the economy almost a quarter of a million pounds in just one year.

Following a number of serious fires involving businesses in the Northern Quarter in 2013 – one of which sadly claimed the life of GMFRS Firefighter Stephen Hunt – a campaign team was set up to look at how the area could be made safer. 


Emergency services at the Almost Famous fire 

GMFRS’ Northern Quarter Safety Support Team was established in August 2013 and has been supported by Manchester City Council and CityCo.

The aim was to drive down the number of fires in the Northern Quarter and make the area a safer place to live, work and visit.

Figures reveal that since the campaign team was set up – between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014 – there were 55 per cent fewer fire-related incidents in the area when compared with the same period the previous year.

The figures equate to a reduction in costs to the economy...

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Fire: Cracker’s behind you! GMFRS mascot takes to stage at pantomime as part of evacuation exercise

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CRACKER the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) mascot took to the stage with the cast of Aladdin as part of test evacuation at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

The fire dog was accompanied by staff from GMFRS’ Oldham based prevention and protection teams who attended the venue on Wednesday, December 3.


The purpose of the visit was to test the theatre’s evacuation procedures, which was done by carrying out a short exercise after the matinee performance of the Christmas pantomime Aladdin.

During the visit, GMFRS officers took the opportunity to give winter safety advice to youngsters from St Joseph’s Primary School in Sale who had been watching the show and took part in the exercise.

Officers from the protection team observed the evacuation, which took place following the afternoon performance of Aladdin.

Ahead of the evacuation, Mark Thomson and Alison Leghorn from the Oldham prevention team gave a short fire safety presentation to the schoolchildren –...

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Fire: Heywood Halloween Spooktacular raises vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity

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Heywood Cheque Presentation

Pictured L-R: Borough Manager Paul Starling, Alan Knell from The Fire Fighters Charity, Firefighter Kate Lonsdale and Crew Manager Clayton Campbell

The Fire Fighters Charity received a fangtastic boost thanks to Heywood’s Halloween Spooktacular.

On Wednesday, December 3, Red Watch Heywood presented The Fire Fighters Charity with a cheque for £1064.92.

Back in October Heywood Firefighters turned into ghosts and ghouls to host the second Halloween Spooktacular. 

Building on the success of the previous year’s event the station was transformed into a haunted basement, a ghost ridden engine house and a hive of scary activity.

Children travelled to the station dressed in Halloween costumes with their faces painted to watch a magic show and a spooky storyteller.

Many also brought elaborately carved pumpkins to enter a Best Design competition. 

Accepting the cheque on behalf of The Firefighters Charity, Regional Fundraising Officer for the Northwest, Alan Knell, said: “It’s a pleasure...

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Fire: International community leaders visit Bury Fire Station

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FIREFIGHTERS in Bury gave demonstrations to a multi-national audience last week, including spectators from as far as Africa and India.

The visitors – who are community leaders in their respective countries – were in the town as part of a programme being run in association with ADAB (Asian Development Association of Bury), who work closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to deliver fire safety advice and information.


A group of eight people from Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Wales and London attended Bury Community Fire Station on Thursday, November 27, where they were given an RTC demonstration by Blue Watch Bury, led by Crew Manager Glyn Smith.

They also observed a rope access scenario carried out in the station yard by Red Watch Ramsbottom, led by Watch Manager Kris Bailey, as well as learning about the varied work of GMFRS’ operational and community safety staff.

The group were in the UK for a week as part of an Active Citizens programme. Active Citizens is a non-profit programme...

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Fire: GMFRS WOW! community to win top award

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WOW Final 2014

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has won the ‘Serving the Community - Best Organisation’ international WOW! Award, thanks to you.  

You have been nominating individuals and teams for WOW! Awards to recognise the great work they have done, from lifesaving actions to informative education visits and amazing community work.

These nominations have caught the eye of the an independent panel of judges made up of experts from high profile British organisations, media and academia, who selected Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as their chosen winner. They described the organisation as ‘truly inspirational, demonstrating an astonishing vision, creativity and innovation in very difficult times - amazing!’.

Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly said: “We are privileged to have been nominated, our purpose is to protect and improve the quality of life for people in Greater Manchester and this certainly demonstrates that our community feel we are achieving...

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