Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Greater Manchester
Size 496 sq mi (1,280 km2)
Population 2,500,000
Formed 1974
HQ Pendlebury
Staff 2,641
Stations 41
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk
Fire authority Greater Manchester Fire Authority
Website Greater Manchester Fire & 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 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 2,641 personnel, of which 2,174 are uniformed operational personnel, 64 control room staff, and 403 non-uniformed support staff.

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

Fire Stations[edit]

Southern Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
10 Wholetime Stretford Park Road, Stretford
11 Wholetime Sale Cranleigh Drive, Sale
12 Wholetime Altrincham Off Manchester Road, Altrincham
13 Wholetime Moss Side Denhill Road, Moss Side
14 Wholetime Withington Wilmslow Road, Withington
15 Wholetime Wythenshawe Brownley Road, Wythenshawe
16 Wholetime Manchester Central Thompson Street, New Cross, Manchester
17 Wholetime Blackley Rochdale Road, Blackley
18 Wholetime Philips Park Briscoe Lane, Manchester
19 Wholetime Gorton Birch Street, Gorton
20 Wholetime Whitehill Whitehill Street, Heaton Norris
21 Wholetime Stockport King Street West, Stockport
22 Wholetime Cheadle Turves Road, Cheadle Hulme
23 Wholetime Offerton Lisburn Lane, Offerton, Stockport
24 Nucleus Manning Marple Hollins Lane, Marple

Eastern Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
30 Wholetime Rochdale Halifax Road, Rochdale
31 Retained Littleborough Whiteless Road, Littleborough
32 Wholetime Heywood Middleton Road, Heywood
33 Wholetime Oldham Lees Road, Oldham
34 Wholetime Hollins Hollins Road, Hollins, Oldham
35 Wholetime Chadderton Broadway, Chadderton
36 Wholetime Bury Magdalene Road, Bury
37 Wholetime Whitefield Bury New Road, Whitefield
38 Day Manned/Retained Ramsbottom Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom
39 Wholetime Ashton-Under-Lyne Slate Lane, Ashton-Under-Lyne
40 Wholetime Stalybridge Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge
41 Wholetime Mossley Stamford Street, Mossley
42 Wholetime Hyde Railway Street, Hyde

Western Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
50 Wholetime Bolton Central Moor Lane, Bolton
51 Wholetime Bolton North Crompton Way, Tonge Moor, Bolton
52 Day Manned Horwich Chorley New Road, Horwich
53 Wholetime Farnworth Albert Road, Farnworth
54 Wholetime Wigan Robin Park Road, Newtown, Wigan
55 Wholetime Hindley Borsdane Avenue, Hindley
56 Wholetime Atherton Gloucester Street, Atherton
57 Wholetime Leigh St Helens Road, Leigh
58 Wholetime Salford Liverpool Street, Salford
59 Wholetime Broughton Bury New Road, Higher Broughton, Salford
60 Wholetime Agecroft Bolton Road, Pendlebury
61 Wholetime Eccles Liverpool Road, Patricroft
62 Day Manned Irlam Fairhills Road, Irlam

Fire Appliance Profile[edit]

  • 63x Pumps
  • 6x Hydraulic Platforms (HPV)
  • 2x Technical Response Units (TRU)
  • 2x Enhanced Rescue Units (EPU)
  • 3x High Volume Pumping Units (HVPU)
  • 2x Operational Support Units (OSU)
  • 2x Foam Units
  • 2x Hose Retrieval Units (HRU)
  • 2x Water Incident Units (WIU)
  • 2x Off Road Vehicles
  • 1x Incident Command Unit (ICU)
  • 1x Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • 2x Incident Response Units (IRU)
  • 1x Mass Decontamination Unit (MDU)
  • 1x Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM)
  • 1x Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR)
  • 1x Search and Rescue Dog Van


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The official street address is given as Swinton, but the premises are in neighbouring Pendlebury
  2. ^ The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, Pub TSO, (accessed 19 Oct 2006)
  3. ^ Local Government Act 1985 (1985 c.51), schedule 10, part II

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