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Fire: Staying alive with Manchester Fire

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CHARITIES and groups working with the homeless learned vital survival skills at a training session with the fire service.

Firefighters from Manchester Central Community Fire Station led the training session and taught attendees how to perform CPR and gave them fire safety advice for the homeless.


Station Manager David Wilson, Manchester Central, said: “We try to keep some of our most vulnerable people safe and this training could prove vital.

“Those who attended the session will now be able to pass on their knowledge and one day could save a life.”


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) works in partnership with homeless groups and charities including Riverside, Booth Centre, Feed Manchester, Brydon Court and Allied London to help save lives and keep the homeless safe.

After taking part in the training session, Ross Jenkins, a volunteer for Brydon Court, said: “If I find someone collapsed I now feel I could help.”


The training took place last week in the community room at Manchester Central...

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Fire: New Chief Fire Officer for Tyne and Wear

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has announced the appointment of a new Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive. ​ Following an extensive selection process, Chris Lowther, currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Service Delivery, will assume the role as of Monday 10 April 2017 after it was announced last November that current Chief Fire Officer, Tom Capeling is set to retire from the Service. Chris started his career as an operational firefighter based at Gateshead Community Fire Station in 1997. He has an impressive and varied background in training, community safety and operations and has taken a lead role in a number of national resilience programmes. Chris has held a number of roles within the fire service, including as a Station Officer for community safety, during which time he was instrumental in introducing home safety checks which have had a significant impact in reducing fires in the home. After joining the Strategic Management Team in 2009, Chis worked as an Area Manager and then in...

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Fire: GMFRS supports police crackdown on illegal mobile use

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is backing Greater Manchester Police as they clamp down on illegal phone use.

More than 150 motorists were caught flouting the law in the first four weeks following the introduction of tougher penalties for using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Between March 1 and March 27, 2017, 137 motorists were fined for using a mobile while driving.  A further 14 were dealt with by police for not being in control of their vehicle by, for example, adjusting a sat-nav.

In addition, at least another 30 incidents are still being investigated.

On Wednesday March 1, the legislation for using a mobile phone while driving changed. The penalty was doubled and if caught, offenders will now receive a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

Over the last four weeks, officers in both marked and unmarked cars have been targeting various locations in Greater Manchester to catch offenders.

Inspector Tony Allt from Greater Manchester Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “During...

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Fire: Golden celebrations at Philips Park

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STAFF past and present, family and friends joined together to celebrate 50 years of Philips Park Community Fire Station.

The golden anniversary of serving and protecting the local community took place on Saturday (April 1).

Retired members of staff who were previously based at the station returned to show their families where they worked and to share their memories.


Mike Conroy, a retired firefighter who worked at Philips Park between 1967 and 1997, said: “It has been a good day seeing so many old faces, swapping stories both sad and funny.

“I have so many happy memories of working here. We used to host discos and parties with people growing up at the station. It was a real centre of the community.”


For the celebration, a vintage fire engine sat next to its modern counterpart highlighting how the service has changed over the years.

Station Manager Bob Birtles said: “Saturday went really well with lots of people coming along to celebrate and enjoy the day.

“It was great to see people interested in volunteering...

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Fire: Sunderland convenience store owner fined for failing to comply with fire safety regulations

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The owner of a convenience store in Sunderland has been ordered to pay £3,500 after being found guilty of failing to comply with the requirements of Article 27 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Usman Ali, who owns Ray's Discount Store in Villette Road, Hendon, was fined £1,000 for each of two counts of failing to reply to Article 27 letters sent by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. He was also ordered to pay the full amount of legal costs totalling £1,380, plus a victim surcharge of £120. Mr Ali did not appear in court and, after deciding to proceed in his absence, Sunderland magistrates found the case brought against him by Tyne and Wear Fire Authority proven on 29 March 2017. The court heard that an officer from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service went to the store on 23 August 2016 to carry out a fire safety audit. However, as there was only one staff member present and Mr Ali was unavailable, it was not possible to...

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Fire: Hundreds attend 50th anniversary at Bolton North

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A CELEBRATION took place yesterday (Thursday, March 30) which looked back on the work and history of Bolton North Community Fire Station since it began serving and protecting the community of Bolton in 1967.

Current and ex staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) came together at the station to celebrate an outstanding 50 years of service.

Retired members of staff who previously worked at the Crompton Way station reunited, along with the current firefighters who serve the community of Bolton today.

Brian Thomas, a member of the original crew at Bolton North, said: “It’s fantastic that everyone has reunited here today to celebrate, with some people travelling a long way.

“It has been an absolutely brilliant day and it is lovely to see all the old photos and memorabilia.

Green Watch firefighter, Mick Massey, organised the event, allowing attendees to look back on history by sharing memorabilia and stories from over the 50 years, including the good and the difficult...

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Fire: New Ferry latest: Wirral Council appeals for residents to get in touch

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New Ferry latest: Wirral Council appeals for residents to get in touch

Fire: Residents reminded that smoke alarms save lives

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is providing fire safety and prevention advice to residents in North Shields after a man was seriously injured in a fire at his flat last week. The fire broke out at Botham House, in Percy Main, shortly after 6pm on Thursday, 23 March. The alarm was raised by a neighbour who heard the man's smoke alarm activating. Three fire crews from Wallsend, Tynemouth and South Shields were called to the incident and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hose reel. The occupier was rescued from the living room and received first aid from firefighters at the scene, before being taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire is believed to have been started by tee-light candles in the living room. Area Manager Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Toxic smoke from a fire in the home can kill you in seconds, and it is quite clear that having a working smoke alarm saved this man's life....

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Fire: Plumis Automist provides fire safety solution for open plan living in converted flats

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Newflame Fire Equipment Co. Ltd has provided Plumis Automist systems as an innovative watermist fire sprinkler for a block of 7 flats above Baldock library, which had been converted from office space in the Hertfordshire town. The modern, open-plan design of the living areas of 6 of the flats meant that there was no protected means of escape. The LACoRS guide and Approved Document B allow open plan designs as long as some additional features, including fire suppression, are provided. The owner of the building was reluctant to install sprinklers which would have marred the clean lines of the design and in the event of discharge, accidental or otherwise would have drenched the property, the new fixtures and fittings.

The owner, whose extended family are using 4 of the flats while the 3 remaining flats are being rented out, discovered the Plumis website when searching for a resolution and sent the plans of the conversion to Newflame, the accredited Automist installer for the...

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Fire: Ribbon-cutting event to open Training and Safety Centre

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A RIBBON-CUTTING ceremony marked the opening of a brand new safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility on Friday, March 24.

The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre is based in Bury and offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.

Children from St Stephen's School, Bury, performed the ribbon-cutting to mark the centre's official opening, with numerous other schools booked in to visit the centre and learn about fire safety over the coming months. 

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