A holidaymaker has captured a series of photos of a huge fire that has been spreading over moorland between Derbyshire and Greater Manchester. Firefighters have been battling the blaze on Saddleworth Moor since Tuesday. Crews from Derbyshire have been in attendance at the scene, helping colleagues from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service with the fire, which has now been declared a major incident. Derbyshire firefighters continue to help with huge moorland fire - now declared a major incidentKate MacRea, 48, captured these images of the early stages of the fire from a plane when she was returning to Manchester Airport. She said: "It was about 7pm on Monday when I was coming in to land that I noticed the smoke."It looked like a volcano with the plumes of smoke rising up into the air. I took some pictures on my phone through the plane window and thought nothing more about it."It was only when I saw the blaze on the telly last night I realised I had photographed the early stages of … [Read more...] about Pictures and video show scale of huge fire on moorland between Derbyshire and Greater Manchester
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A rags-to-riches billionaire from Oldham, an acclaimed Manchester-born writer and scores of unsung community heroes have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Greater Manchester’s police officers and a fire service chief have also been celebrated - as well as leading lights in research, education, charity and grassroots art. As a boy, business tycoon Jim Ratcliffe lived in a council house Failsworth. He went on to build multi-billion chemical firm Ineos from scratch. The 65-year-old was revealed as the wealthiest man in Britain in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, but is known as a ‘publicity shy’ entrepreneur. Mr Ratcliffe is made a knight for services to business and investment. BAFTA-award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson, is made a CBE for services to literature. Manchester-born Ms Winterson, who is also professor of new writing at The University of Manchester, said she hoped the recognition would help … [Read more...] about The people from Greater Manchester in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service ’s deputy Mark Cashin is to take over the top job as chief fire officer. Mr Cashin will succeed current chief Paul Hancock who is retiring after 34 years with the UK fire service. His appointment was confirmed following an interview process and the approval of Cheshire Fire Authority. Mr Cashin’s role as deputy involved responsibility for service delivery. This includes the organisation’s public-facing functions such as emergency response, community fire safety, community fire protection, planning, performance and communications and people and organisational development. Prior to working in Cheshire, he worked at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service where he spent two years as a borough commander and also held a number of specialist and operational roles during his career there. Retiring chief fire officer Mr Hancock has been top boss at CFRS since October 2009 having previously held the post of deputy himself. He joined … [Read more...] about Cheshire Fire Service deputy Mark Cashin appointed as chief
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