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Fire: Airport exercise allows emergency services to train together

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AGENCIES from across Greater Manchester joined forces yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) in a training exercise to practice response to an aircraft incident.

AGENCIES from across Greater Manchester joined forces yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) in a training exercise to practice response to an aircraft incident.

The exercise at City Airport in Barton simulated the after effects of two planes colliding, where one aircraft was entirely burnt out and the other contained multiple casualties, bringing together crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Police and the city airport’s own firefighters.

Six volunteers from the Casualties Union took part in the exercise, each suffering from a range of different ‘injuries’, which were treated by professionals involved in the incident.


Paul Bailey from the HART team at NWAS said: “City Airport in Barton is one of our key locations, so the multi-agency exercise...

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Fire: Fire Service give accident rescue charity a new home

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

NARSNorfolk Fire and Rescue Service has come to the aid of a voluntary emergency service with the provision of free office space at their Whitegates site in Hethersett. Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) will operate from this location to supply essential emergency critical care for NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST).

NARS’s volunteer doctors and paramedics provide cover to the most critically ill or injured patients. Despatched by the NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST), the volunteers provide cover in a marked response car, and also from their own vehicles.

Although NARS has been operating for over 45 years, the charity has never had a proper base. So, with certain functions of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service having migrated to Norfolk Constabulary’s police headquarters, space has been found to set up an operational base at the fire service’s site in Hethersett. For some time the charity had been using a member's garage as a store room and one of the team's spare...

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Fire: Hundreds of pounds raised for The Fire Fighters Charity

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THANKS to staff members and volunteers GMFRS hosted two great open days over the weekend.

Rochdale opened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 24, with Whitefield doing the same on Sunday, September 25.

Everyone had a great time at the events with valuable funds being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

And not just that, more than 80 people learnt life-saving skills at the Rochdale event, thanks to NWAS who carried out CPR training.


SM Mark Doggett said: “The open day at Rochdale was extremely successful with more than £800 being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

“An amazing 80 people were trained in CPR by NWAS at the event and we have had lots of positive feedback from visitors.

“I want to thank all of the firefighters who helped on duty (Rochdale, Bolton, Heywood, Oldham) along with Watch Manager McDermott and CM Doyle who helped the day run like clockwork.

“Thanks must also go to those who gave their time off-duty, our community fire cadets from Hollins, GMFRS volunteers,...

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Fire: Statement from Chairman of GMFRA, Cllr David Acton, regarding shift changes

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Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Following contact with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), I have today agreed to withdraw the Section 188 letter issued to the FBU. 

“I have taken this step in order to facilitate talks through the Independent Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) on Thursday, September 29, 2016. 

“The FBU has confirmed that it will participate fully in the TAP and both parties are entering the talks constructively. This is a welcome move that will allow both parties to engage in discussions about our SDS proposals without the threat of action by either party. 

“The TAP will publish its report within 14 days. We must not forget that these changes have been proposed because of continuing cuts by the Government and the Government has imposed a further cut of £14.4m over the next four years. 

“Both GMFRA and the FBU are committed to ensuring the safety of the public.”

Fire: Don't let white goods leave a black mark

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service is urging the public to be aware of the possible dangers from kitchen appliances. The service is supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association's (CFOA) UK Home Safety Week, which runs from 26 September to 2 October. Between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 263 fires involving kitchen appliances in the Tyne and Wear area, ranging from cookers and microwave ovens to washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. Register your appliances All appliances carry a risk of causing fires, but maintenance and correct usage can greatly reduce the risk. Registering a product is also a good way to ensure you are not using faulty goods. New and old appliances up to 12 years old should be registered so that you can be notified directly if a product is recalled by the manufacturer or a safety repair is needed. All appliances can be registered in one place at which also lists models that are subject to a product recall. ...

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Fire: CHILD RESCUE - 1956


: London Fire Brigade

London firefighters rescue Dennis Norman McGowan, 19 months old, on Feb. 25, 1956. The child's mother waits below.

Fire: MANCHESTER - 1996


Photos: Wikipedia, Manchester Fire & Rescue

On June, 15, 1996, the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a 3,000-pound bomb on Corporation Street in central Manchester, injuring more than 200 people during the Euro football championships.

Remarkably, there were no deaths.

The bomb was the largest denotation in Great Britain since World War II.

A telephoned warning preceded the blast by about 90 minutes allowing for the evacuation of 75,000 or more people.

Fire: SURREY DOCKS - 1940


Photo: PortCitiesLondon, Caters News Agency

The opening salvo on London's waterfront:

Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe on  Sept. 7, 1940, the first day of the Blitz.

Gerry Knight, a station officer, sent a message to the alarm office from the docks, saying: "Send all the bloody pumps you've got … The whole bloody world's on fire!" according to PortCitiesLondon.


Photo: London Fire Brigade
The canteen was one of the longest serving vehicles in London Fire Brigade history. It went in service in 1938 and continued into the 1960s, according to LFB website.  It was staffed by a crew of two firefighters. 

Fire: Victorian era firefighters from Tyne and Wear included on national memorial

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Photo courtesy of The Firefighters Memorial Trust The names of two former Tyne and Wear firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty have been added to the national Firefighters Memorial in London. William Bowey, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Police Fire Brigade, was overcome by acid fumes while fighting a fire in the basement of a chemist's shop on 23 September 1890. He died from his injuries 18 days later. Two other firefighters died at the scene of the incident. Frederic Charles Tiplady, also of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fire Brigade, was killed at the age of 38 after falling under the wheel of an appliance on the way to a fire on 26 April 1896. He had previously been awarded the Albert Gold Medal for saving life at the Princess Alice river disaster in London on 3 September 1878. The Firefighters Memorial is located at a site on the south side of St Paul's Cathedral in London. The cathedral is often symbolically portrayed as a famous and iconic building which...

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