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Fire: Wigan firefighters move into brand new station

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LESS than a year after the first brick was laid in Robin Park Road, firefighters have moved into a brand new station and are turning out to incidents from there. 

The announcement follows a steel signing event at the site in October 2016, when local schoolchildren joined staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) for the celebration. 

Yesterday (June 21) firefighters from Blue Watch at GMFRS were first to work from the station, who are pleased to move into the new building which they will share with NWAS colleagues later in the year. 


Crew Manager Jon Roscoe said: “After around 15 months working from the temporary location it is great that we are now moving into the brand new station. I am looking forward to using the new facilities, including the gym, which will soon be available to members of the community. Fitness is paramount and it is nice that this has been factored into the project. 

“It will be great to work closely with NWAS on a daily basis...

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Fire: Water safety plea following tragic death at reservoir

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester are warning people not to risk their lives by swimming in reservoirs following a tragic incident in Rochdale.

The latest warning comes after a teenage boy sadly lost his life at Greenbooth Reservoir on Monday (June 19) after getting into difficulties in the water.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to the scene at 5.53pm but the boy couldn’t be saved.

Sadly, there were more than 300 deaths from accidental drowning in the UK in 2016.

GMFRS’ Group Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, Jon Aspinall, said: “I would like to offer my condolences the family of the boy who lost his life in such a tragic accident.

“When the sun comes out and it’s nice and warm it can be tempting to take a dip in reservoirs, lakes and rivers but it is incredibly dangerous and sadly people drown every year as a result of swimming in open water.

“Reservoirs are huge bodies of deep, open water and surprisingly the temperature rarely rises above 12°C. This is low enough to...

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Fire: Queen’s birthday honours awards for GMFRS staff

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TWO popular members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have become proud medal holders after the announcement of the Queen's Birthday Honours. 

Watch Manager Nigel Travis had been awarded a British Empire Medal along with retired staff member Cath Palmer who left GMFRS in 2011. 

Over the years Nigel and Cath have dedicated countless hours of their own time to help others in and around Greater Manchester, touching thousands of hearts and enriching the lives of many. 

Nigel, who works at Moss Side Community Fire Station, has volunteered more than 1,800 hours since 2008 running an inner-city boxing club that has raised the aspirations of many young people in the area. 

Watch Manager Nigel Travis

Along with two other firefighters Nigel transformed a disused garage at the station in Moss Side, founding the boxing club on the principles shared by boxers and firefighters – discipline, respect and courage. Since that time he has helped many young people, including 16-year-old Connor Tudsbury who last...

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Fire: Residents reassured following London tower block fire

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Residents are being reassured by Greater Manchester fire officers following a major tower block incident in London today.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said:


“Firstly I want to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic incident in London. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and seen their homes destroyed and with the emergency services who continue to work in very challenging circumstances. 


“I want to reassure people in Greater Manchester that incidents of this scale, involving people’s homes, are extremely rare.


“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service works closely with local councils and housing providers to ensure all buildings are as safe from fire as possible, and that staff can advise residents about how to stay safe. We have assessed every high rise building in Greater Manchester and our officers and crews visit each one to...

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Fire: Greater Manchester blue light services welcome mental health relay

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BLUE light services across the region gathered at Leigh Community Fire Station to welcome the Our Blue Light torch as part of the first ever UK mental health relay.


To kick-start the Greater Manchester leg of the race, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Director of Prevention, Assistant County Fire Officer, Geoff Harris today (May 14) accepted the baton.


The handover involved a three-legged race, headed up by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). The new Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, also attended in support of the campaign.


GMFRS will host the torch from today (May 14) to Friday (May 19) with plans to continue to raise awareness of mental health throughout the week.


On the Greater Manchester leg of the journey with GMFRS, the baton is set to make an appearance at a number of locations, including a ride down the Manchester Ship Canal with Leigh-based firefighter and mental health advocate, Wayne Norris.


With the backing of all blue light partners across the...

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Fire: Dangers of derelict buildings highlighted following fire in Wigan

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PEOPLE are being warned to stay away from derelict buildings following a fire in Wigan.

The plea comes from fire officers after crews were called to a building fire at 11.19am today (Saturday, May 13) in Bridgeman Terrace.

Crews from Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton arrived to find a fire involving the roof of a three-storey derelict mill (Pagefield Mill). An aerial appliance from Leigh also attended.

Station Manager Wayne Van-Hecke said: “Crews did a great job in extinguishing this fire quickly but what people need to realise, is just how dangerous these derelict buildings are.

“We would plea with the public to never go in to derelict buildings as they can be very unsafe with so many hidden hazards. We also know the public would not want to put our crews in situations that have even more risk attached to them than any other emergency, but starting a deliberate fire in a derelict building really is something far more serious than people realise.

“It’s also important to remember that while we’re...

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Fire: Spate of deliberate fires in Leigh

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FIREFIGHTERS in Leigh and other areas have been called out to several fires in and around Leigh Town Centre, believed to have been started deliberately.

The spate of fires took place on Sunday, May 7, and Monday, May 8, involving a number of bins, sofas, and even the front-door of a shop.

As a result of the recent fires Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) wishes to remind people to ensure wheelie bins and other items, which could be set on fire, are secure and a safe distance from homes.

Firefighters were called out at 10.15pm on May 8, to Youd Street, where a wheelie bin had been set alight. Crew members tackled the fire involving the bin, which was pushed against an end terraced property. The fire also caused an external gas pipe to rupture and resulted in firefighters being at the address for more than 90 minutes.

Earlier that evening, at 8.23pm, crew members were called to reports of a fire in Union Street. Sofas had been set alight on a car park near to a substation, and using hoses firefighters tackled the blaze.


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Fire: Manchester firefighters welcome Sofia to station

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ON Sunday, May 7, a young girl had a morning to remember thanks to White Watch firefighters at Manchester Central Community Fire Station. 

Sofia O’Brien visited the Thompson Street station with her mum, Gemma, after getting in touch with Watch Manager Tom Weate, and became a firefighter for the day. 

Following the visit Sofia’s mum took to Facebook to share photos from the day and expressed her thanks. 


Gemma said: “Sofia had such a special morning being a firefighter with Manchester Central firefighters – they were amazing and the day was planned beautifully. 

“She thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Special thanks to Tom Weate for organising it for her.” 

Watch Manager Tom Weate said: “Good to have a brave little visitor at Manchester Central, a brave little girl called Sofia who has a severe liver dysfunction. 

“This little girl is strong beyond belief and has to have a very painful injection every four weeks to balance out the acids in her blood because her liver doesn’t do the...

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Fire: Zero Tolerance on Firefighter Attacks as Figures Rise by 200%

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**Broadcast quality footage of the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham speaking on this issue can be found here and the Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime Baroness Beverley Hughes speaking here **


THE new Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham today condemned attacks on firefighters after it was revealed the number of incidents had more than doubled in the past 12 months.

The Mayor spoke out as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service revealed the details of two shocking incidents where youths had deliberately started fires to lure crew into their communities and then pelt them with missiles and abuse.

The Service said that in the 12 months to March 2017, the number of attacks on firefighters had risen dramatically by more than 200 per cent and that the Emergency Services (obstruction) Act 2006 made clear provisions for people to be prosecuted for their behaviour.

Andy, who was elected the first Mayor of Greater Manchester on Friday, has...

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Fire: Firefighter Mick Massey retires after more than 30 years' service

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THERE literally was not one dry eye in the station when long-serving Bolton-based firefighter Mick Massey retired after more than 30 years with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Mick, 53, who has served his entire career from Bolton North Community Fire Station in Crompton Way, received his official certificate from Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle as colleagues, family and friends packed into the station to see his last parade on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Firefighter Mick Massey and Deputy County Fire Officer Paul Argyle

But it was extra-special and unexpected guest Finlay Collins who stole the show by walking into the ceremony to say an emotional farewell.

Mick saved Finlay’s life when he was hit by a car and a van as he crossed Crompton Way on his scooter close to the station. The family had kept in touch with their ‘hero’ but last time Mick had seen Finlay he was in a wheelchair and not expected to walk again.

He said: "It was very humbling. I wasn’t expecting to see Finlay at all....

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