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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. 

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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...

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Fire: Norfolk resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Support for Norfolk Fire Service after they offer reassurance to residents

 

A   Norfolk resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.

Linda Cullum lives in Markham Tower in Norwich, which suffered extensive damage during a blaze in 2011 that was attended by 80 firefighters.

Sprowston Green Watch with Linda



Linda said: “With the Grenfell Tower fire last week, it reminded me what a fantastic job the fire service does and I wanted them to know how much the public appreciate what they do.”

Her gift comes after fire service staff spent the weekend visiting residents of high rise blocks in Norfolk to chat through any concerns about fire safety in light of the London fire.

Linda, who wCakes from local residentorks at Tesco in Drayton, made cakes in the bakery there on Wednesday morning (21st), iced with thank you messages, and delivered them to Green Watch crews at Earlham and Sprowston at...

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Fire: Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service - Water Safety

Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

With the warmer weather set to continue in the coming days, Garry Collins, Head of Fire Prevention and Protection, has issued some safety advice to the public.

He said: “Sadly as the weather improves, so does the temptation to venture into the open water, particularly if we see other people doing the same. There is also the temptation to get paddling pools out at home. As such we would like to offer reminders which can help keep everyone safer this summer.”

Advice includes:

  • Ensure young ones are always supervised, even with small paddling pools in the garden.
  • If you are tempted to enter open water, remember cold water shock can take your breath away
  • Respect the water even in hot weather outdoor water temperatures remain cold. 
  • Avoid entering water in remote...

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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...

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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. 

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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...

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Fire: What to do if a fire breaks out in a high-rise building

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
What to do if a fire breaks out in a high-rise building


Fire: NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

From Area Manager Garry Collins – Head of Fire Protection. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are saddened by the tragedy that is unfolding at Grenfell Towers in London. Our Thoughts are with the people of London and the firefighters who are working so hard in extremely challenging conditions. We do not intend to comment on the circumstances around this incident at this stage.

Thankfully, fires of this type are rare. High-rise buildings and regulations are very stringent and are designed to resist fire and stop the spread of smoke to provide a safe exit for residents. Most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms and rarely beyond the flat where they started.

We would like to assure everybody that Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service carries out inspections of high-rise buildings in our county. We hold information for these buildings to help our firefighters. Our crews also...

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Fire: London fire: Advice to concerned high-rise residents

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
London fire: Advice to concerned high-rise residents


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...

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Fire: Firefighter at heart of the community

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Firefighter Carl Bell has spearheaded a campaign to install two potentially lifesaving defibrillators in Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. Carl, who was born and raised in Chopwell, has been a firefighter for 24 years. In November 2016 he began to raise money for a public access defibrillator, hoping to attach it to Chopwell Fire station ensuring it was accessible to the entire village. Using social media, Carl gauged public opinion asking for assistance, the response was overwhelming and donations flooded in. In December 2016, the village held its annual Christmas parade, organised by the crew from Chopwell Fire Station, it saw Santa Claus himself, riding on a fire engine giving sweets to children and taking donations towards the defibrillator. By February this year Carl was able to approach a local charity asking if they could assist with the purchase of the defibrillator and security box. The charity 'Northeast Hearts with Goals' helped with the purchase of the units and registering them with the...

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