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Fire: New Deputy County Fire Officer for GMFRS

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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) today announced the appointment of Dawn Docx to the role of Deputy County Fire Officer.

Dawn, who is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, will take up her new post in December based at the organisation’s headquarters in Swinton, Salford.

Dawn began her career in the fire and rescue service in her home county of Cumbria, where she specialised in finance, going on to become Head of Corporate Services. From there, she joined North Wales as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2006 and was promoted to the role of ‘Dep’ in 2009.

Speaking of her new position Dawn explained: “I have enjoyed my time with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service but I was looking for a new challenge when this role came up – and it looked like it was a fantastic opportunity. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has a real ‘can do’ attitude and seems full of people with positivity. I like the idea that we do what we say we are going to do....

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Fire: Cladding Inspections

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in June and our high rise reassurance visits, during November we are carrying out a number of visits to student and high rise accommodation within Newcastle. The high rise blocks which will be visited have been identified as those having Aluminium Composite Mineral (ACM) or other combustible cladding. Our Fire Safety team, Operational Crews and Prevention team will be engaging with residents and landlords to ensure the improved fire safety measures within each of these blocks are appropriate for the increased risk presented by the combustible cladding. The aim is to conduct joint visits to review and update risk information with the landlord/owner and provide fire safety advice to the occupants with the following objectives: to assess compliance under the Fire Safety Order's legal safety requirements and any interim measures which were put in place by the landlord/owner due to the identified cladding risk. Keith Carruthers, Area Manager – Community Safety Commented: “We believe...

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Fire: BA drill at derelict (haunted) Lowestoft hotel

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

The prospect of rummaging round the pitch black interior of the derelict Crown Hotel for a BA drill held no qualms for our crew from North Lowestoft Fire Station.

After all, we're rufty-tufty firefighters - right?

Rufty-tufty disappeared sharpish when you're gathered together in the smoke blackened kitchen and you see 'Help me' scrawled in the grime and you hear a low moaning sound from the gloom. 

I digress - anybody would think this was an episode of Most Haunted which, incidentally, did feature the Crown Hotel.

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There were two search and rescue scenario's for us to do.

I was No. 1 on the first scenario with Seb as my No. 2 managing the charged 45.

The brief was to follow the left-hand wall through the front bar carrying out search and rescue to also include a raised seating area.

We made good progress following the bench seating round to the inner front doors and this is where we found our first casualty. Seb grabbed the casualty and I led us back out to BAECO.

Straight back in and...

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Fire: SONNING FIRE BRIGADE

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

"Thought this may be of interest. It was awarded as you can see to Sonning Fire Brigade in 1926. My connection is this would of been given to my great grandfather as he was station officer Edwards. I’m not sure why it was given.’’ - Gordon Houchen


Fire: Bonfire Night update

Written by RSS Poster News

ALMOST 400 people made 999 emergency fire calls as Greater Manchester experienced a busy Bonfire Night which included a number of attacks on firefighters across the area.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a total of 367 calls were made to North West Fire Control between 4pm and 10.30pm, with crew mobilising to 222 incidents in total.

More than 50 fire engines with either four or five firefighters on board each were on duty but many of them faced hostilities and attacks during the evening, with the most serious incidents including fireworks and bricks being thrown at crew.

At the height of the evening, GMFRS revealed that so many calls were received that half the service’s total resources were deployed.

Serious incidents of note included a fire at Littleborough Cricket Club which broke out at 6.40pm and a house fire in Bolton which began when smoking materials set a roof on fire. There were several vehicle fires and road traffic collisions although no one was seriously hurt.

Fireworks were pushed through letterboxes and...

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Fire: Merseyside firefighters called to over 50% fewer bonfire-related incidents than last year

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside firefighters called to over 50% fewer bonfire-related incidents than last year


Fire: Five lives saved from house fire thanks to emergency services

Written by RSS Poster News

THE lives of five people were saved last night (Friday, November 3) thanks to the brave actions of emergency service workers and a working smoke alarm.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) was called to a serious fire at a mid-terraced house in Plymouth Grove, Longsight, at 2.35am.

999 call handlers from North West Fire Control gave vital lifesaving advice to the family inside as crews from Gorton and Moss Side raced to the scene.

When firefighters arrived they found a fire in the kitchen that is thought to have been caused by a tumble dryer left on. They used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and two ladders to rescue the family and put the fire out.

Four adults aged 65, 61, 41 and 18, and a child aged 12 were rescued from the blaze by firefighters and treated on the scene by fire crew and paramedics.

All five were taken to hospital where the 12-year-old is in a serious condition.

Station Manager Merl Forrer, who was in charge of the incident, said: “When crews arrived there...

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Fire: Fire crews and staff provide support to Walton residents following fatality

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Fire crews and staff provide support to Walton residents following fatality


Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges Safety over bonfire period

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
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Fire: Remember, remember… Merseyside fire stations are community safe havens

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Remember, remember… Merseyside fire stations are community safe havens



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