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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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Fire: Company flouting fire regulations fined

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A Manchester company that breached numerous fire regulations has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and court costs.

T&A Textiles & Hosiery Ltd put its workers at risk at its warehouse in Newton Heath and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court following a prosecution by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.

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Specialist officers inspected the site in July 2014 as part of a multiagency operation led by Home Office Immigration officers.

The inspection revealed that a large warehouse on the site had:

-          No working fire alarm

-          All emergency exits either locked or blocked with no emergency lighting

-          Thousands of cardboard boxes with no clear breaks between stock or walkways for workers to escape

Officers also found that due to the layout of stock, a fire would develop quickly and would further reduce the likelihood workers could escape alive.

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Elizabeth Dudley Jones, prosecuting for the GMFRA, told the court: “There were severe deficiencies in the provision...

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Fire: Enjoy yourself, but take care around water

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Keeping yourself safe around water is the message from fire chiefs at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Crews across Greater Manchester have rescued more than 235 people from water since January 2013.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun, but we really want to make sure that you’re safe.

“Even if it is a warm day, water can still be very cold and cause cramp and breathing difficulties which can affect your ability to swim and get out of trouble.

“Water can be far deeper and stronger than people think and there are unknown hazards that lie beneath the surface.”

24 people died as a result of getting into trouble in water over the last three years.


Paul added: “Water can be tempting especially when the weather is good, but the consequences can be fatal. Roughly half of people who drown had no intention of entering water in the first place.

“Please only swim somewhere safe, such as a swimming pool, but if you do see someone in an emergency, ring 999 and...

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Fire: Prince's Trust pride for young people

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A group of young people from West Salford have grown in confidence and helped their community thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team programme.


The team of five were the latest to graduate from the free scheme that is led and delivered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service across every borough in the county.


At an awards ceremony in the AJ Bell Stadium in front of dignitaries, family and friends, each of the participants gave a five-minute presentation, highlighting their time on the course and their favourite experiences.


The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course giving young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in employment, education or training the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence. The Service is now recruiting for other Team Programme’s running across Greater Manchester.


Graduating from the most recent course run from Eccles Community Fire Station was Laura Alberdi, 21, Lewis Blair, 20, Melissa Buckley, 20, Mark...

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Fire: Play your part in stopping wildfires

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FIREFIGHTERS across Greater Manchester are calling on people to take care when out enjoying the moors.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking the public to make sure they put any cigarettes out and take litter home to reduce the risk of wildfires starting.

GMFRS has attended 18 wildfires between January and April.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “If you are out on the moors please take extra care and don’t light any fires. Make sure you put out any cigarettes and take your litter home with you.

“Our moorlands are important habitats for wildlife and are a vital part of our environment but can take a long time to recover from a fire.

“Please report any fires by calling 999.”

Crews last night (Tuesday, April 11) attended a moorland fire approximately one kilometre square near Littleborough, battling against fading light to make the area safe.

Paul added: “These types of fires can be extremely challenging but our crews work tirelessly to bring them under control and make areas safe.

“With your...

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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 Community Fire...

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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 the intensive...

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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 with the fire...

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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 times.

“It’s the people...

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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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