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
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