News / UK and world by Press Association October 8, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Firefighters have warned they are under-funded, short-staffed and ill-equipped to deal with an increase in wildfires as new figures show the number of blazes on open ground this summer was more than double the average of previous years. At least 25,000 grass and wildfires were tackled by fire services between May and July this year – more than two thirds of which were started deliberately, according to a new investigation by the Press Association. They include the fire at Winter Hill in Lancashire which covered seven square miles – roughly half the size of Blackburn – and a similarly large fire at Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, which saw firefighters appealing to the public to donate sun cream, bug spray, hats and socks to make up for the shortfall in budgets. Soaring temperatures this summer, combined with … [Read more...] about Fire services stretched as new figures show wildfires double in 2018
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Mills on fire, tonnes of burning waste at factories and industrial units up in flames. Firefighters across Greater Manchester appear to be busier than ever before. The huge blaze at an old three-storey mill next to Strangeways prison last week came just hours after a serious fire at a recycling plant in Salford. It is the second major mill blaze recently – and the latest in a string of serious incidents that has seen firefighters from across Greater Manchester working round the clock. Moorland fires in Saddleworth and Winter Hill had firefighters slogging for hours on end in difficult conditions as a heatwave brought frequent temperatures of 30 degrees. Major incidents have also been punctuated by smaller emergencies. Crews were also called to a kitchen fire at a restaurant on Portland Street in the city centre as the mill fire on Southall Street near HMP Manchester continued to burn. The fires in Manchester and Salford came after firefighters were called to a mill on fire on … [Read more...] about Why have there been so many fires in Greater Manchester recently?
The head of the fire service at the time of Manchester Arena bombing says he will ‘always regret’ the delay in firefighters attending the aftermath of the atrocity - but has laid the blame at the door of the police. Peter O’Reilly was chief fire officer at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) on May 22 last year, when 22 people were murdered and hundreds more injured. Firefighters only attended the scene more than two hours after the attack - even though crews heard the blast and were stationed just half a mile away. A report prepared by Lord Kerslake, published in March, was critical of the fire service’s response after the blast, describing the failure by those at the top of the organisation as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘incredible.’ Dawn Docx, the interim chief fire officer of GMFRS, who replaced Mr O’Reilly, later apologised unreservedly for the failures under the previous leadership. But Belfast-born Mr O’Reilly, … [Read more...] about Former Greater Manchester fire chief blames police for brigade’s delayed response to the Arena attack
There are hundreds of speed cameras dotted around Greater Manchester. The cameras, seen along roads and at traffic lights across the region, aim to keep motorists driving below the speed limit in order to keep themselves, other road users and pedestrians safe. To keep you up-to-date on where you can expect to find them, the Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership have put together a list outlining the locations of all fixed and mobile speed cameras. The Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership aims to improve road safety and includes the region's ten local authorities, GMP, Greater Manchester Primary Care Trust, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, the CPS, the court service and Highways England. The speed camera list was last updated in April 2018. They show the type of camera (e.g speed, red light, average speed or both) and its location by borough. Fixed speed cameras This list was last updated on April 19, 2018 Bolton Red light, A579 Trinity Street, Jct … [Read more...] about Where are all the fixed and mobile speed cameras in Greater Manchester?
Greater Manchester’s fire service has apologised unreservedly for letting down the region in its ‘darkest hour’ after a review into last May’s Arena bombing found leadership failures had stopped crews from attending the scene. Acting fire chief Dawn Docx said firefighters ‘desperate’ to get to the Arena had been failed by senior colleagues, echoing criticisms from the mayor, Andy Burnham. She was speaking after the Kerslake review, into how the attack was handled, found the service had been ‘paralysed’ on the night of May 22 - partly because of a lack of communication between fire chiefs and other emergency agencies. At a press conference to launch the report, Mr Burnham said he had launched a ‘root and branch’ review of the entire service as a result, adding: “It is clear that on the night the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service fell well short of the high standards it sets itself.” Lord Bob Kerslake found … [Read more...] about ‘We’re sorry, we let Manchester down’, say fire service as review ordered