A DEDICATED task force designed to keep people safe during the
Hallowe'en and Bonfire season has
been launched today, Monday, October 15 - the day
fireworks legally go on sale.
Treacle hubs have been set up in ten areas as part of a
partnership to prevent, tackle and protect against antisocial
behaviour, criminal damage and reducing incidents and injuries
during the Hallowe'en and Bonfire period.
Area Manager Dave Keelan, GMFRS' Head of Prevention, said: "As
Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to enjoy it safely and we
are working with partners to make that happen - so there are
Treacle task forces in every area of Greater Manchester, consisting
of firefighters, police officers and Trading Standards.
"From today it is legal to sell fireworks with the correct
licence or registration until November 13, and GMFRS' fire
protection officers will be visiting premises storing them to check
people are complying with regulations.
"Our firefighters and community safety teams are visiting
schools to talk to children about the dangers of fireworks and
encouraging them and their parents to go to organised bonfire
"Each Treacle hub will consist of GMFRS fire protection officers
and firefighters alongside local authority community safety teams,
police officers and Trading Standards - all helping the people of
Greater Manchester to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire
The ten partnership hubs - based in each borough of Greater
Manchester - form the dedicated Treacle task force.
Stockport hub member, GMFRS Community Safety Team Leader Graham
Brennan, said: "We're set and ready to help people have a safe and
enjoyable time this autumn and to do this we recommend that people
go only to organised bonfires.
"You can find a list of Greater Manchester's organised bonfire
events on the Treacle website, safe4autumn.com and there's also the
chance to win an ipad2 on there too so it's definitely worth a
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police, ten
local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester, the Chamber of Commerce and the Health and Safety
You can follow Treacle news on Twitter #OpTreacle. To find more
information about Treacle, and, if you're under 16 for your
chance to win an ipad2 go to safe4autumn.com