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Fire: Buckets full of cash for The Fire Fighters Charity

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VOLUNTEERS and firefighters across Greater Manchester have been holding their annual charity car washes to raise money for the Firefighters Charity.

Firefighters from White Watch, Rochdale were joined by a group of cadets from Mossley along with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) volunteers and even the boroughs chaplain, David Sivill, got stuck in as more than £800 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

As is the tradition, a number of local organisations came together on the day to support the car wash by donating various products along with cash contributions. The fire station received a variety of car cleaning products such as wash and wax as well as sponges and cloths.

The community spirit was felt across the town, with a local bakery also getting in on the action as they turned up in their delivery van and provided the firefighters and volunteers with refreshments and even threw £10 in the bucket for a van wash.

Gary Weight, White Watch Manager at Rochdale said: “We are extremely...

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Fire: How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?


Fire: GMFRS spread community spirit all over the world

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BIG THANKS were given by the Asian Development Association Bury (ADAB) following safety and public engagement training with the fire service.

The visit, which included a presentation of the range of services provided by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), was enjoyed by ADAB and Citizen-British Council workers last week (March 7).

Guests were also able to observe a practical road traffic collision demonstration and try their hand at a car simulator experience.

Taz Zaffar from ADAB said: “Our visitors have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have shared the passion and enthusiasm from Bury with the whole group in London.”

The group was made up of a range of nationalities from around the world and they will now feedback their learning and experiences upon return to their home countries.

Taz said: “The feedback we received has been brilliant and just amazing. Our visitors have said they will take back the information from the day and implement this in their projects.

“The visit to Bury...

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Fire: Major Fire at Alexandra Dock, Bootle

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Alexandra Dock Fire


Fire: Lancashire Colleagues Get a Sniff of New GMFRS Training Site

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MANCHESTER search and rescue dogs Ace and Eric had a guest at the new Bury training site this week (w/c 6/3) when they welcomed Sid, the search and rescue dog from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

The handlers and their dogs were put through their paces with some training exercises which included searching for potential casualties in the surrounding buildings.

Mike Dewar, Dog Unit Manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “It was great to welcome Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to Bury, we always enjoy the opportunity to work with our neighbours.

“The facilities at our Bury training site are some of the best that you can get and offer the dogs a very realistic space to train in. Meeting our colleagues from Lancashire gave us a fantastic chance to share knowledge and experience with each other.

“We’re always happy to welcome other services to the centre and work with them to develop our skills.”

Dean Nankivell, Group Manager said: “These exercises are really...

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Fire: Greater Manchester features in Resuscitation to Recovery

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SINCE September 2015 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been responding to cardiac arrest incidents to complement the expert service provided by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) colleagues.

Between September 2015 and August 2016 GMFRS attended almost 3,000 cardiac arrests alongside NWAS. This approach enables firefighters to begin basic life support on those occasions where they arrive at a cardiac arrest before paramedics. Where paramedics are already in attendance firefighters can support providing basic life support to allow paramedics to focus on more specialist interventions to try to help victims to survive.

GMFRS is the only fire and rescue service in the country where all frontline fire engines respond to cardiac arrests alongside the ambulance service. This would not have been possible without the positive relationship between the two emergency services and representative bodies.

This operational success features in ‘Resuscitation to Recovery: A National Framework to...

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Fire: Deputy Chief Fire Officer swaps blazes for books to read to children for World Book Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Deputy Chief Fire Officer swaps blazes for books to read to children for World Book Day


Fire: Splash your cash in March for The Fire Fighters Charity

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THIS Saturday (March 4), crews from Rochdale, Blackley, Hyde, Stalybridge, Cheadle and Wythenshawe dust off their sponges to begin this year’s first charity car wash month.

Over the next few weeks, fire stations from across Greater Manchester will host their own car washes to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Alan Knell from The Fire Fighters Charity said: “The National Car Wash League provides a vital source of income for the Charity, as well as being a fun and popular event.

“It costs £8.5million a year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running – and with no regular government funding, we rely completely on your donations and goodwill.

“You can show your support to our firefighting heroes by visiting your local fire station on weekends throughout March – and afterwards drive away safely, in a clean car!”

With car washes running every weekend in March at 28 of our fire stations, GMFRS invites you to help us fill our buckets whilst you enjoy a squeaky clean car.

All car washes are running between the hours of 10am and 4pm but check the events page on our website to see further details about your local car wash.



Fire: Couple receive bravery awards from fire chief

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A couple who helped save a family of four from a blaze at their home have received commendations for bravery from the Chief of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Chris and Gillian Stephenson, of Murrayfield Road in Cowgate, Newcastle, were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling on Tuesday, 28 February. Mr and Mrs Stephenson sprang into action when their neighbours' home caught fire on Sunday, 4 September 2016. Chris was woken just after 10am by smoke coming through his open bedroom window. He then got out of bed to investigate and saw smoke billowing from the upstairs front bedroom of the house next door. He woke his wife Gillian, who rang 999, and then ran downstairs whilst getting dressed. Chris said: “There was lots of thick black smoke coming from the upstairs window and I could hear my neighbour, James, screaming 'get my kids out'.” He managed to break a downstairs window to let some of the smoke out and was joined by other neighbours who broke down the...

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Fire: Dedicated fire staff recognised for long service

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Dedicated staff and their families celebrated 780 years’ service at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Long Service Award Ceremony.

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Some 39 people, including both firefighters and support staff, were each presented with their 20 Years Long Service Award Medal.

Lord Lieutenant Mr Smith JP presented each of the operational recipients with medals at the event in the Imperial War Museum North, Salford, on Wednesday (March 1, 2017) evening. He said: “It is an exceptional privilege to be invited here to do this presentation.

“I do not need to tell you that the Service provides a high degree of risk not only for yourselves but for your colleagues. I want you to know that the majority of people I speak to do respect this and the work you do.

“May I, as Her Majesty’s representative here in Greater Manchester, on her behalf, congratulate and thank each and every one of you for the great service you do for the British public.”

The recipients of the long service awards range from...

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