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Fire: Street naming in honour of fallen Firefighter Stephen Hunt

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Wilf and Susan Veevers with Stephen's watch colleagues

FAMILY, friends and colleagues gathered on Tuesday, September 20 for a street name unveiling ceremony in Miles Platting to honour fallen Firefighter Stephen Hunt.

Stephen was tragically killed in the line of duty in July 2013 at an incident at Paul’s Hair World on Oldham Street, Manchester.

Manchester City Councillor John Flanagan along with fellow Councillors June Hitchen and Carmine Grimshaw suggested the new street in Miles Platting be named in Stephen’s memory to honour his sacrifice serving the community he loved.

Stephen’s parents Wilf and Susan unveiled the street sign and floral tributes were laid.

Wilf thanked everyone for attending and said: “We are all very proud and it’s a huge honour. It shows people are thinking of Stephen and that people are proud of him. The family is over the moon with the honour.

“All of Stephen’s watch were there alongside many other firefighters. I would like to thank all those behind the project and everyone who attended the ceremony.”



Fire: Statement in response to media enquiries around shift changes

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Councillor David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Government cuts of £28million over the last six years have meant a reduction of over 400 firefighters from the front line in Greater Manchester as well as significant back office cuts.

"Currently Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority faces a further Government budget cut of £14.4million over the next four years. The scale of these Government cuts has left us with no alternative and no change is not an option. For this reason we published and consulted with local people and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on our plan which is called the Corporate and Integrated Risk Management Plan 2016-2020. This document details how we will save the money we have to save and keep people safe in the best way we can. The FBU responded to this document and their views were taken into account in the final version.

“Our ultimate aim is simple - to ensure as many fire engines as possible are available when we have the most incidents and...

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Fire: Freshers advised to 'bake beans, not yourselves'...

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"BAKE beans, not yourself”, is among the messages firefighters are giving students feeling peckish while enjoying the Freshers Week festivities.

As 2016’s Freshers' Week begins on Monday, September 19, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has issued several safety messages for students living away from home for the first time.

Cooking after drinking alcohol or while tired are among the most common causes of fires in halls of residence and homes occupied by students.

The Service recommends getting a takeaway on the way home, rather than attempting to make food after a night on the tiles. Other tips include making oven chips, not using a chip pan and staying with any food you are cooking so it doesn’t boil out of the pan and start a fire.

GMFRS has produced posters, videos and social media messages to support the safety advice. One of the videos can be seen here.

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One of the social media graphics GMFRS is sending out during Freshers' Week

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Fire: Licencing plea issued after rogue firework trader handed jail sentence

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A ROGUE firework trader has been handed an 18 week jail sentence after being found guilty of storing explosives without a licence at a hearing in Rochdale Magistrates Court.

Robert Phelps, 31, of no fixed abode was handed the sentence, which was suspended for 12 months, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Phelps was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

The bench heard how an off duty fire safety officer drove past a commercial unit on York Street, Bury, and noticed a banner advertising fireworks for sale.

After checks revealed the unit had no licence to store explosives specialist fire safety officers returned to the building on October 21, 2015.

They found boxes of fireworks stored throughout the premises and on open display without any safety measures in place to protect staff or the public. No licence could be provided and no risk assessment had been carried out.

The bench heard how the fireworks were stored without any protective barriers...

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Fire: Fire Chiefs Call on Government to Reconsider Fire Safety

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FIRE chiefs in Greater Manchester today called unanimously upon the Government to reconsider a decision which affects future fire safety in local schools.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service added an item of urgent business to the agenda of the Fire Authority committee meeting held this morning following a change in national guidance to the building regulations on sprinkler systems in new schools. The change means sprinklers systems are no longer a requirement in any new school.

Members of the Fire Authority, which includes representatives from every borough in Greater Manchester, held an emotive debate around how the change affects future fire safety and agreed as a group to lobby the Government to change the guidance back.

Councillor David Acton, Chairman of the Fire Authority and a ward councillor in Trafford, told members, who represent every borough in Greater Manchester, he thought the move was a retrograde step that was dangerous and compromised both safety and the education of local people across the...

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Fire: Cooking safety warnings after spate of fires

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe when cooking after rescuing a woman from a house fire in Tyldesley.

Firefighters from Farnworth and Atherton were called to Nelson Street, after a blaze caused by a chip pan at 3pm yesterday.

Using breathing kits, a hose reel and ventilation fan, crew rescued the woman and a fire service trauma technician provided first aid before she was taken to hospital by the ambulance service. A further two people had left the house before firefighters arrived and were uninjured.

The Tyldesley incident followed two other significant cooking fires in Wythenshawe and Wigan in the previous 24 hours.

Firefighters were called at 11.52am yesterday, Monday, to Snowden Avenue, Wigan, where a fire started with a pan on a cooker. Crew wearing breathing kits used a foam extinguisher and ventilation fan to put the blaze out.

The previous day, Sunday, crews from Wythenshawe and Altrincham attended a chip pan fire on Mallory Walk, Wythenshawe. A casualty was led to safety and taken to...

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Fire: Think before you sink water safety advice

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AS the temperatures rise once again, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing water safety messages and recommending people 'Think before you sink'.

The warning is aimed at anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir as the mercury is predicted to hit the early to mid 20s again this week.

Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention, said: “Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.

“On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.

“In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people getting into difficulties because they lose movement.

“The heart can also be affected as it works harder to pump blood throughout the body and because of the shock the body feels on...

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Fire: Praise for resident after Prestwich fire

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A FIREFIGHTER has praised a member of the public for helping save lives following a fire in Prestwich this morning.

Whitefield’s Blue Watch, along with crew from Broughton and Agecroft, were called to Bent Lane at 5.13am on Monday, August 8, after reports of a fire in a block of flats.

When they arrived firefighters found a blaze in storage rooms of the two-storey building, but thankfully a resident had raised the alarm and helped his neighbours evacuate the flats.

Watch Manager Pat Walsh, from Whitefield Blue Watch, said: “The actions of this man definitely helped prevent a more serious fire. He got up and didn’t just get himself out, he made sure others were aware of the incident and consequently when we arrived the building was evacuated, meaning we could access the areas of fire.

“By raising the alarm we were able to get there quickly and stop the fire from spreading to people’s flats and it also helped us limit the potential for smoke to engulf much of the building.

“Members of the public deserve praise when they have...

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Fire: Considering a dip? Think before you sink

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AS the warm weather continues, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing warnings to anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir.

The Service is regularly called to incidents where people get into difficulties in the water and with another hot weekend predicted, it is hoped people will think before they sink.

The warning is particularly relevant following the death of Jack Pullen, 16, who got into difficulties in the River Etherow in Broadbottom last week.

Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention, said: “Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.

“On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.

“In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people getting into...

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Fire: Fantastic charity achievement for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has recently received a huge thank you from The Fire Fighters Charity for the fantastic amount raised between June 2015-16.

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Peter O'Reilly, County Fire Officer and Group Manager Gary Jarvis, GMFRS Fire Fighters Charity Rep

Thanks to the support of staff and their families and friends, retired fire service staff and members of the public we have raised £207,652.

This amazing contribution to the charity has helped 198 beneficiaries, serving and retired with everything from recuperation and rehabilitation at one of the three dedicated centres, Jubilee House, Harcombe House and Marine Court, to providing helpline support for a wide range of available services.

The Fire Fighters Charity needs £9 million a year to keep it running and relies solely on donations.

Throughout the year fundraising takes place across the organisation including car washes, open days, and watch and personal sporting challenges to name a few. It also includes regular giving and...

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