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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