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Fire: Hero off-duty Bolton firefighter saves man’s life with CPR

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OFF-DUTY firefighter, John Wheeldon, arrived at his local gym this morning (September 22) and within ten minutes of warming up on a cross trainer, he found himself bringing a fellow gym-goer back to life with CPR. 

Bolton North Blue Watch: Crew Manager Mark Mccourt, Firefighter Andrew Rothwell, Retired Firefighter Dale Martin, Firefighter John Wheeldon and James Bracegirdle.

Bolton North Blue Watch: Crew Manager Mark Mccourt, Firefighter Andrew Rothwell, Retired Firefighter Dale Martin, Firefighter John Wheeldon and James Bracegirdle.

The Bolton North Blue Watch firefighter said: “I arrived at the gym at around 8.40am and started my warm up on the cross trainer. I could see another man five machines down with his headphones on, listening to music. One minute the man was working out and the next minute he was lay on the floor.”

John rushed to his aid after realising the man was in cardiac arrest and shouted for help before performing chest compressions. Within one minute, an ambulance had been called and two members of staff from Total Fitness gym in Bolton were by his side with an automated external defibrillator.

John continued: “I ran over to the man and I...

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Fire: Fundraising for Firefighter Alex Green

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ON Sunday, September 24 two of our firefighters Ben Ward and Dave Brearley are taking part in a fund raising event for Firefighter Alex Green.

Alex Green was found unconscious with severe injuries in Magaluf, only six hours into his stag do with friends. He had been involved in a very serious accident resulting in him being in intensive care.

In order to support the Just Giving fund that has been created for Alex, the firefighters will be rowing the distance between the UK and Spain.

The event will take place at the Trafford Centre, outside the Vodafone Store on the ground floor and will begin at 12pm.

All donations made will cover the cost of his care and to see him return home to his family.

Any support will be most welcome and if you would like to donate visit:


Fire: Firefighters rush to extinguish flames at Viridor Plant

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Firefighters have responded to a large industrial fire in Bolton, responding within minutes to ensure any potential damage was kept to a minimum.

It was at 16.51pm this afternoon that firefighters got the call to attend, with a total of 10 fire engines and two aerial appliances in attendance at Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, Bolton. 

Upon arrival firefighters were met with flames covering an area approximately measuring 20m x 50m, spread across three stories within the building, requiring the use of five jets to tackle the blaze. Due to the expertise of the crews in attendance, they were able to ensure that the fire wasn’t able to spread any further, bringing the fire well under control 90 minutes after first arriving.

Group Manager John Crawley, Incident Commander at the scene said: “A significant amount of resources arrived at the incident quickly and were able to bring the fire under control. The actions of our staff tonight allowed us to save a large portion of the and surrounding site.

“Firefighters will remain at the incident overnight to liaise and assist with the Viridor management team.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Fire: Firefighters issue warning after dog walker rescued from river in Salford

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FIREFIGHTERS are reminding dog walkers to keep their pets on leads around water or steep embankments after a woman and Rottweiler were rescued from a river in Salford.  

At 7.38pm on Tuesday, September 12, one crew from Irlam, the Water Incident Unit from Eccles and the Technical Response Unit from Leigh attended a water rescue in a brook off Lords Street, Cadishead.

A woman had got into difficulties after going into the water to try and rescue her dog who had jumped in. Three firefighters wearing dry suits entered the water and rescued the woman and her Rottweiler, Bronson.

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Eccles Green Watch Firefighter, Andy Ball with rescued Rottweiler, Bronson.

They were stuck in the brook for approximately 20 minutes and were treated by a fire service trauma technician and the ambulance service at the scene.

The river is approximately four metres wide and chest deep in flood conditions.

Eccles Green Watch Firefighter, Andy Ball, said: “The crew were faced with a woman and a large Rottweiler both clinging...

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Fire: Rochdale and Littleborough raise £600 for the Fire Fighters Charity

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ON Saturday, September 9 firefighters and volunteers at Rochdale and Littleborough Community fire stations began the annual September Car Wash month.

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Blue Watch got their sponges soaked to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

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Rochdale had a very successful day raising £412 with a huge thanks to everyone for their generous support.

It was also a great day at Littleborough with the community turning out to support the cause, raising £270 with volunteers young and old getting stuck in.

Car washes will take place throughout September so some along and give us some green for a clean!

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To see other upcoming car wash dates click here.

Fire: GMFRS supports World Suicide Prevention Day

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WORLD Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10, and this year the dedicated day was supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Teams within the organisation joined forces to raise awareness of mental health and planned a host of activities coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Between September 4 and September 8 a mental fitness roadshow for firefighters took place across Greater Manchester, which will be followed by a staff conference on September 13 – where managers will learn about building mental fitness in work and in the communities.

GMFRS Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris said: “The activities planned around World Suicide Prevention Day are part of GMFRS’ ongoing commitment to mental health awareness following the signing of MIND’s Blue Light pledge in February this year.

“The aim of the firefighters’ roadshow was to provide an opportunity and space for our front-line staff to think about their own mental fitness. Firefighters heard from previous rugby...

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Fire: Hundreds enjoy Bury open day

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s new state of the art Bury Training and Community Safety Centre has hosted its first ever open day.

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More than 300 excited children and parents explored the state of the art facilities last Friday (September 1).

Tours took place through the day and showed children what it’s like to be a firefighter and see first-hand what firefighters are faced with every day when looking after Greater Manchester.

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Children got to take part in activities including listening to real-life emergency calls in the simulated control room as well as taking turns to spot hazards in a home and seeing the horrendous consequences of fire.

GMFRS’ dog team were also at the open day along with Greater Manchester Police.

Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, said: “We are very proud of this new facility. The centre will help to educate young people about the risks of fire and how they might keep themselves safe.

“We are thrilled to open our doors to the public and we hope that this open day is the...

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Fire: Statement in response to sentencing of arsonist Jeremy Taylor

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TODAY (August 18) Jeremy Taylor was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to four-and-half-years after setting fire to the Wythenshawe Hall in March 2016.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), County Fire Officer, Peter O’Reilly, said:

“More than 50 firefighters and ten fire engines were tied up at this incident, which put lives at risk and caused incredible damage to this unique, historical landmark.

“We did everything we could to save the much-loved building and while the quick actions of our crews saved the majority of the structure, a devastating amount of damage was caused. Thanks to the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall and Manchester City Council, I hope one day we will see the Hall restored to its former glory and re-opened once again to the public.

“Deliberate fires of any kind put lives at risk. As well as the potential harm caused by the fire itself, diverting resources to tackle arson attacks means our crews and engines are tied up when they may be desperately needed elsewhere.”

Fire: Can you help trace firefighter’s stolen bike?

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ON the evening of Saturday, July 29, 2017 a bike was stolen from Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station in Robin Park Road.

The incident happened at around 11.30pm with the bike being taken from the roof of a firefighter’s car, within the station grounds.

CCTV footage shows a man leaving the station on the bike, which is an Islabike in teal. The model is BEINN with 26 inch wheels and a small frame (see below photo).


Anyone with information about the stolen bike is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or call Greater Manchester Police on 101 with details and quoting crime reference number: 668 of 30.07.17.

Fire: Latest News

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GREATER Manchester's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Beverley Hughes is set to open this year’s Emergency Services Open Day on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

Running in its seventh year, the family friendly event will take place at the Orient car park, intu Trafford centre from 10am to 4pm, with over 15,000 visitors expected.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will joined by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), other emergency response, community safety, community fire cadets and support vehicles.

The action packed event celebrates the work of the emergency services and highlights how blue light services work together to serve the Greater Manchester community.

Throughout the day you can watch and participate in live demonstrations and displays such as rope rescue, chip pan fire demos, CPR training and road traffic collision rescues.

At this free event, families will have the chance to visit various vehicles and stands and learn more about all emergency response organisations. Children will be able to enjoy a...

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