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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, England.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.png
Ever Vigilant
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country England
County Greater Manchester
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Employees2,200
Chief Fire OfficerJim Wallace
Facilities and equipment
Divisions10
Stations41
Engines54
Platforms5
Rescues4
HAZMAT2
USAR1
Wildland3
Rescue boats2
Website
Official website

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service covers an area of approximately 496 square miles (1,280 km2). The service has 41 fire stations which until 2006 were organised into three territorial Area Commands (South, East and West), each one with an Area Command Headquarters, based at Stretford, Rochdale and Bolton respectively. When the brigade altered the command area's structure they divided the three area commands from South, East and West to 11 Borough Commands, aligned to the 10 local authorities in the county: Bolton, Bury, Manchester (North/South), Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. The service employs 2,200 personnel, of which 1,200 are frontline firefighters, and 403 non-uniformed support staff.

The Service's headquarters is located in Pendlebury, Salford.[1]

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HistoryEdit

 
Headquarters in Pendlebury

The service was created when the county of Greater Manchester came into being in 1974. It had, until fairly recently, been called the Greater Manchester County Fire Service. The change in name reflects the growing number of roles the service now has, and many services across the United Kingdom are also changing their names to "Fire and Rescue Service". This change was inspired by new primary legislation for England and Wales, The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.[2]

The service was originally administered by the Greater Manchester County Council, but when this was abolished in 1986, administration of the service was taken over by a joint authority of the ten Metropolitan Boroughs of Greater Manchester, known as the "Fire and Rescue Authority". Five members are appointed by Manchester City Council, two each by Bury and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Councils, and three each by the remaining seven borough councils of Greater Manchester.[3]

Recent EventsEdit

In 2017, the service came under considerable controversy on the night of the Manchester Arena bombing due to arriving two hours later than the police after the bombing. A report by Lord Bob Kerslake found that the Service deployed units only at 00:15 after conversation was overheard of armed police being sent in to scout the area one-and-a-half hours earlier.[4] Then-Chief Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly apologised for the delay in response, although blaming the Greater Manchester Police for the delay, citing an "information vacuum" from the force and for not correctly liaising with the ambulance and fire services following the bombing.[5]

The service, alongside the Lancashire fire service, were among the first responders to the Saddleworth Moor fire on 24 June 2018, managing to extinguish the fire on the same day, a normal event said to happen on the moor on a hot summer's day, but because of the heatwave starving the land of rain and thus drying the peat, the fire reignited on the next day, soon burning out of control, and following a declaration of a major incident the day after that, requiring the evacuation of 50 houses nearby.[6] With the service having never fought a moorland fire on the scale of this fire, mutual aid was sought out from seven other fire services across the north of England, including Cumbria, Tyne and Wear, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and Warwickshire,[7] and following a request from assistant chief fire officer Dave Keelan, military assistance came to help extinguish the wildfire, of which it eventually was declared three weeks later on 18 July. A similar fire on Winter Hill, north of Bolton in Lancashire, breaking out on 28 June and being declared under control on 16 July, a merger of two previous wildfires that directly threatened, but never affected a transmitting station on the hill[8], was also responded to by both the Greater Manchester and Lancashire services.

Fire Stations/AppliancesEdit

Southern AreaEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G10 Stretford Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x TL*, 2x PM, pods: 1x HVP, 1x HVHL
G11 Sale Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x BFU*
G12 Altrincham Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x EA, 1x RRV
G13 Moss Side Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x BASU*
G14 Withington Wholetime 1x WrL
G15 Wythenshawe Wholetime 2x WrL
G16 Manchester Central Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x TL
G17 Blackley Wholetime 2x WrL
G18 Philips Park Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x BASU*
G19 Gorton Wholetime 2x WrL
G20 Whitehill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TL
G21 Stockport Wholetime 1x WrL
G22 Cheadle Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x HLL*
G23 Offerton Wholetime 1x WrL
G24 Marple Day Crewed 1x WrL
 
Whitehill fire station

Eastern AreaEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G30 Rochdale Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ICU*
G31 Littleborough Retained 1x WrL, 1x BASU*
G32 Heywood Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x WIU*
G33 Oldham Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x TL*
G34 Hollins Wholetime 1x WrL
G35 Chadderton Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x SACU
G36 Bury Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x PM+EPU*
G37 Whitefield Wholetime 1x WrL
G38 Ramsbottom Day Crewed/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x DIM*
G39 Ashton-Under-Lyne Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x ERU, 1x USAR
G40 Stalybridge Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x 4 X 4
G41 Mossley Wholetime 1x WrL
G42 Hyde Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CSU*, 1x WU*

Western AreaEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G50 Bolton Central Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x TL, 2x PM*, pods: 1x HVP, 1x HVHL, 1x MDD
G51 Bolton North Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L6P*, 1x HLL*
G52 Horwich Day Crewed/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x BASU*
G53 Farnworth Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x BFU*, 1x IRU*
G54 Wigan Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x CRV
G55 Hindley Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x BASU*
G56 Atherton Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CSU*
G57 Leigh Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x ERU, 1x TL
G58 Salford Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x SACU
G59 Broughton Wholetime 1x WrL
G60 Agecroft Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x SDU, 1x FIU
G61 Eccles Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x WIU*
G62 Irlam Day Crewed/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WU*

Fire Appliance GlossaryEdit

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1 / P2
  • Light 6x6 Pump (L6P): M1
  • Community Response Vehicle (CRV): L1
  • Turntable Ladder (TL): A1
  • Water Incident Unit (WIU): B2
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU): C1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C2
  • Fire Investigation Unit (FIU): F1
  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU): S2
  • Salvation Army Catering Unit (SACU): S4
  • Welfare Unit (WU): S3/S7
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): C3
  • Prime Mover (PM): T6 / T7

pods:

  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • High Volume Hose Layer (HVHL)


  • Hose Laying Lorry & Hose Retrieval Unit (HLL): W2


Technical Response Unit (TRU):

  • Technical Response Pump (TRP): R2
  • Major Rescue Unit (ERU): R7
  • Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR): R8
  • Search and Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): R9


CBRN Response:

  • Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM): H8
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T9

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