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FOLLOWING the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). 

The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice. 

Specialist officers from GMFRS have already carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. 

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Fire: Fire risk alert over Hotpoint fridge freezers

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Hotpoint has issued a safety alert about the fire risks of two of its fridge freezers and is urging customers to get in touch if they own an affected product.

The two fridge freezer models are:

  • FF175BP (White)
  • FF175BG (Graphite)

They were manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009.

The model and serial number is usually located on a sticker between the salad container.

More specific details and Hotpoint’s contact details are available on their website.

Fire: Fire risk alert issued over Beko appliances

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BEKO has issued a safety alert about the fire risks of some of its appliances and are urging customers to get in touch if they own an affected product. 

Affected appliances include; Frost-Free Fridge Freezers, 8kg & 9kg Condenser Tumber Dryers, 6kg & 7kg Condenser Tumber Dryers and Gas Cookers. 

Click here for more specific details on the affected appliances and instructions on how to contact Beko. 


Fire: High-rise residents reassured

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Jim Hutton, Area Manager and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead for the high-rise taskforce, said: “We are working closely with housing providers and local councils to ensure that high-rise building residents are safe - and feel safe - in their homes.

“We have carried out visits to more than 180 high-rise properties in Greater Manchester to identify any immediate issues which give us cause for concern.

“We will carry out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, of any building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. These inspections are detailed, taking in the region of two-and-a-half hours, and are aimed at identifying and mitigating risks. Results have now come back from 16 high-rise properties where cladding has failed, and we will have carried out these joint, detailed inspections in these buildings by the end of the day.

“We expect to receive further test results in the coming days and will prioritise inspecting those buildings that fail the test.

“Housing providers in...

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Fire: Wigan firefighters move into brand new station

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LESS than a year after the first brick was laid in Robin Park Road, firefighters have moved into a brand new station and are turning out to incidents from there. 

The announcement follows a steel signing event at the site in October 2016, when local schoolchildren joined staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) for the celebration. 

Yesterday (June 21) firefighters from Blue Watch at GMFRS were first to work from the station, who are pleased to move into the new building which they will share with NWAS colleagues later in the year. 


Crew Manager Jon Roscoe said: “After around 15 months working from the temporary location it is great that we are now moving into the brand new station. I am looking forward to using the new facilities, including the gym, which will soon be available to members of the community. Fitness is paramount and it is nice that this has been factored into the project. 

“It will be great to work closely with NWAS on a daily basis...

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Fire: Water safety plea following tragic death at reservoir

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FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester are warning people not to risk their lives by swimming in reservoirs following a tragic incident in Rochdale.

The latest warning comes after a teenage boy sadly lost his life at Greenbooth Reservoir on Monday (June 19) after getting into difficulties in the water.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to the scene at 5.53pm but the boy couldn’t be saved.

Sadly, there were more than 300 deaths from accidental drowning in the UK in 2016.

GMFRS’ Group Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, Jon Aspinall, said: “I would like to offer my condolences the family of the boy who lost his life in such a tragic accident.

“When the sun comes out and it’s nice and warm it can be tempting to take a dip in reservoirs, lakes and rivers but it is incredibly dangerous and sadly people drown every year as a result of swimming in open water.

“Reservoirs are huge bodies of deep, open water and surprisingly the temperature rarely rises above 12°C. This is low enough to...

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Fire: Queen’s birthday honours awards for GMFRS staff

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TWO popular members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have become proud medal holders after the announcement of the Queen's Birthday Honours. 

Watch Manager Nigel Travis had been awarded a British Empire Medal along with retired staff member Cath Palmer who left GMFRS in 2011. 

Over the years Nigel and Cath have dedicated countless hours of their own time to help others in and around Greater Manchester, touching thousands of hearts and enriching the lives of many. 

Nigel, who works at Moss Side Community Fire Station, has volunteered more than 1,800 hours since 2008 running an inner-city boxing club that has raised the aspirations of many young people in the area. 

Watch Manager Nigel Travis

Along with two other firefighters Nigel transformed a disused garage at the station in Moss Side, founding the boxing club on the principles shared by boxers and firefighters – discipline, respect and courage. Since that time he has helped many young people, including 16-year-old Connor Tudsbury who last...

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Fire: Residents reassured following London tower block fire

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Residents are being reassured by Greater Manchester fire officers following a major tower block incident in London today.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said:


“Firstly I want to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic incident in London. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and seen their homes destroyed and with the emergency services who continue to work in very challenging circumstances. 


“I want to reassure people in Greater Manchester that incidents of this scale, involving people’s homes, are extremely rare.


“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service works closely with local councils and housing providers to ensure all buildings are as safe from fire as possible, and that staff can advise residents about how to stay safe. We have assessed every high rise building in Greater Manchester and our officers and crews visit each one to...

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Fire: Greater Manchester blue light services welcome mental health relay

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BLUE light services across the region gathered at Leigh Community Fire Station to welcome the Our Blue Light torch as part of the first ever UK mental health relay.


To kick-start the Greater Manchester leg of the race, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Director of Prevention, Assistant County Fire Officer, Geoff Harris today (May 14) accepted the baton.


The handover involved a three-legged race, headed up by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). The new Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, also attended in support of the campaign.


GMFRS will host the torch from today (May 14) to Friday (May 19) with plans to continue to raise awareness of mental health throughout the week.


On the Greater Manchester leg of the journey with GMFRS, the baton is set to make an appearance at a number of locations, including a ride down the Manchester Ship Canal with Leigh-based firefighter and mental health advocate, Wayne Norris.


With the backing of all blue light partners across the...

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Fire: Dangers of derelict buildings highlighted following fire in Wigan

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PEOPLE are being warned to stay away from derelict buildings following a fire in Wigan.

The plea comes from fire officers after crews were called to a building fire at 11.19am today (Saturday, May 13) in Bridgeman Terrace.

Crews from Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton arrived to find a fire involving the roof of a three-storey derelict mill (Pagefield Mill). An aerial appliance from Leigh also attended.

Station Manager Wayne Van-Hecke said: “Crews did a great job in extinguishing this fire quickly but what people need to realise, is just how dangerous these derelict buildings are.

“We would plea with the public to never go in to derelict buildings as they can be very unsafe with so many hidden hazards. We also know the public would not want to put our crews in situations that have even more risk attached to them than any other emergency, but starting a deliberate fire in a derelict building really is something far more serious than people realise.

“It’s also important to remember that while we’re...

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