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Fire: Fire service staff members help keep people safe over winter

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STAFF members from across Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are helping keep people safe in their homes this winter.

As in earlier years the Service is supporting Public Health England (PHE) with its winter campaign in a bid to help keep communities well and warm during the colder months.

Stay Well This Winter will see fire and rescue staff offering advice to residents across the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester on how to stay warm and healthy while carrying out their routine Safe and Well visits.

The campaign encourages vulnerable people to get their flu jab, which GMFRS is also promoting during face-to-face engagements and on its social media channels.

To further spread the message of this year’s PHE campaign, GMFRS is having a number of its vehicles branded – which you will see out and about over winter.

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GMFRS’ Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, said: “Years of prevention work across the communities of Greater...

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Fire: Attacks on Greater Manchester firefighters increase by three quarters

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ATTACKS on firefighters in Greater Manchester have increased 75 per cent, as new national data shows almost 750 firefighters in England were attacked when out on duty in 2016/17.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has recorded 89 incidents in the city-region so far this year compared to just 51 in the whole of 2016.

GMFRS has released the figures as part of its support for the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19 – a Private Member’s Bill that would introduce a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker, new sentencing guidance, and new powers to take bodily samples from suspects.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Beverley Hughes, said: “To have our hard-working GMFRS crews attacked almost 90 times in 11 months is dreadful – it endangers lives, frustrates firefighters and prevents our Fire and Rescue Service from properly doing its job.

“These attacks take up the extremely valuable time and resources. GMFRS fully endorses the measures...

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Fire: GMFRS on a mission this christmas

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AFTER great success in previous years, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is again supporting Key 103’ Mission Christmas.

All 41 community fire stations across Greater Manchester are acting as collection points for toy donations until the cut-off date Wednesday, December 13.

The following day, a fire crew from Sale and volunteers will take all of the collected gifts to Mission Christmas HQ before using the parade pump to deliver them to Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester Children's Hospital and several Sure Start centres. All the action from Mission Christmas will be broadcast live on Key 103 radio station.

If you would like to make a difference and be someone’s Secret Santa, you can either take a new and unwrapped toy suitable for ages under 18 to a local drop-off point or make a cash donation. For more information on how to donate, please visit Key 103’s website HERE.

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GMFRS has always support the Cash for Kids charity, including Superhero Day 2017 where a very poorly young boy’s dream of becoming a superhero for the day came true. The Service has also helped Key 103 raise £80,601 for the When You Wish Upon a Star charity.

Fire: New Deputy County Fire Officer for GMFRS

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) today announced the appointment of Dawn Docx to the role of Deputy County Fire Officer.

Dawn, who is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, will take up her new post in December based at the organisation’s headquarters in Swinton, Salford.

Dawn began her career in the fire and rescue service in her home county of Cumbria, where she specialised in finance, going on to become Head of Corporate Services. From there, she joined North Wales as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2006 and was promoted to the role of ‘Dep’ in 2009.

Speaking of her new position Dawn explained: “I have enjoyed my time with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service but I was looking for a new challenge when this role came up – and it looked like it was a fantastic opportunity. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has a real ‘can do’ attitude and seems full of people with positivity. I like the idea that we do what we say we are...

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Fire: Bonfire Night update

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ALMOST 400 people made 999 emergency fire calls as Greater Manchester experienced a busy Bonfire Night which included a number of attacks on firefighters across the area.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a total of 367 calls were made to North West Fire Control between 4pm and 10.30pm, with crew mobilising to 222 incidents in total.

More than 50 fire engines with either four or five firefighters on board each were on duty but many of them faced hostilities and attacks during the evening, with the most serious incidents including fireworks and bricks being thrown at crew.

At the height of the evening, GMFRS revealed that so many calls were received that half the service’s total resources were deployed.

Serious incidents of note included a fire at Littleborough Cricket Club which broke out at 6.40pm and a house fire in Bolton which began when smoking materials set a roof on fire. There were several vehicle fires and road traffic collisions although no one was seriously hurt.

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Fire: Five lives saved from house fire thanks to emergency services

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THE lives of five people were saved last night (Friday, November 3) thanks to the brave actions of emergency service workers and a working smoke alarm.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) was called to a serious fire at a mid-terraced house in Plymouth Grove, Longsight, at 2.35am.

999 call handlers from North West Fire Control gave vital lifesaving advice to the family inside as crews from Gorton and Moss Side raced to the scene.

When firefighters arrived they found a fire in the kitchen that is thought to have been caused by a tumble dryer left on. They used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and two ladders to rescue the family and put the fire out.

Four adults aged 65, 61, 41 and 18, and a child aged 12 were rescued from the blaze by firefighters and treated on the scene by fire crew and paramedics.

All five were taken to hospital where the 12-year-old is in a serious condition.

Station Manager Merl Forrer, who was in charge of the incident, said: “When crews arrived there were two...

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Fire: Firefighters speak out about attacks in video released as part of autumn safety campaign

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FIREFIGHTERS have spoken out about the impact of having stones and bricks thrown at them when responding to incidents. 

As part of its autumn safety campaign and following a recent spate of firefighter attacks, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has released a video featuring personal experiences of two firefighters who have been targeted while protecting the community. 

In the video released today (Thursday, October 19, 2017), firefighters talk about the impact of these incidents, which potentially put people’s lives at risk.

Crew Manager Pete Wilmot said: “When you get attacked it’s frustrating. We’re only there to put fires out so people don’t get hurt, we’re just normal people that want to go home to our families.

“It is becoming more common and it does make my crew quite angry. It’s upsetting sometimes.”


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Fire: Mayor of Greater Manchester learns lifesaving skill as part of Restart a Heart Day

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GMFRS and NWAS volunteers teaching pupils at Harrop Fold High School CPR.

AS part of this year’s Restart a Heart Day, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham visited Harrop Fold High School in Little Hulton to participate in CPR training alongside pupils.

The annual European Restart a Heart Day aims to create a nation of lifesavers and improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. There are around 30,000 cardiac arrests every year in the UK and less than one in ten survive.

Andy brushed up on his CPR skills and led a class demonstration with the help of volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). With the use of CPR kits and mannequins, volunteers are working collaboratively to deliver CPR training to schools and colleges across the North West today.

Speaking to the Year 8 class at Harrop Fold, Andy highlighted the importance of learning the lifesaving skill, CPR. He said: “If there is one thing young...

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Fire: Thursday, October 12 - Friday, October 13

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Between 5.30pm on Thursday, October, 12 and 8.30am on Friday, October 13 we received 98 calls and attended 45 incidents. 


Waste fire – Brinnington

AT 19.30pm on Thursday, October 12, four fire engines from Whitehill, Stockport, Ashton-under Lyne and Offerton were called to a waste fire at a building in Northumberland Road, Brinnington.

On arrival firefighters found that the fire had begun in a bin chute connected to the building. To extinguish the flames firefighters used one hose.

Firefighters remained at the incident for 30 minutes.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.


Road traffic collision – Bolton

AT 23.30pm on Thursday, October 12, two fire engines from Bolton Central, along with the technical response unit and major rescue unit from Leigh were called to a road traffic collision in Church Avenue, Bolton.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they found that two cars had collifed, leaving one person trapped within one of the cars. Firefighters used spreaders, cutting equipment,...

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Fire: Firefighters attacked yet again while helping the public

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TWO ‘completely unacceptable’ attacks on firefighters have taken place while responding to 999 calls this week.

The first attack occurred when firefighters were called to reports of a fire on Holly Grove, Leigh, at 8.14pm on Monday (October 9) night.

When firefighters arrived at the incident they found a mattress on fire in the alleyway behind the houses in Holly Grove, which they were able to quickly extinguish.

Once the fire was out and they were leaving the incident the fire engine they were riding in came under attack, with youths throwing small pieces of stone and cement at them. Some of these pieces struck the fire engine, causing minor damage to the body.

Less than 24 hours later (5.49pm, Tuesday, October 10) another  999 call was made to report a fire in the woodland area near to Cedar Road, Leigh.

On arrival firefighters found 5 wheelie bins alight and proceeded to attempt to put the fire out. Their efforts were soon hindered when they came under attack from a group of youths throwing rocks at...

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