Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.png
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County Greater Manchester
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Employees 2,641
Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk
Facilities and equipment
Stations 41
Website
Official website

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/Appliances[edit]

Southern Area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G10 Stretford Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x HPV, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*
G11 Sale Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x BFU*
G12 Altrincham Wholetime 1x WrL
G13 Moss Side Wholetime 1x WrL
G14 Withington Wholetime 1x WrL
G15 Wythenshawe Wholetime 2x WrL
G16 Manchester Central Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x HPV
G17 Blackley Wholetime 2x WrL
G18 Philips Park Wholetime 1x WrL
G19 Gorton Wholetime 1x WrL
G20 Whitehill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x HPV
G21 Stockport Wholetime 1x WrL
G22 Cheadle Wholetime 1x WrL
G23 Offerton Wholetime 1x WrL
G24 Marple Nucleus Crewed 1x WrL

Eastern Area[edit]

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

Western Area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G50 Bolton Central Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1 x HPV, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*, 1x PM+MDD*
G51 Bolton Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x HRU*, 1x L6P*
G52 Horwich Day Crewed 1x WrL
G53 Farnworth Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x BFU*, 1x IRU*
G54 Wigan Wholetime 2x WrL
G55 Hindley Wholetime 1x WrL
G56 Atherton Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x OSU*
G57 Leigh Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x ERU, 1x HPV
G58 Salford Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x SACU
G59 Broughton Wholetime 2x WrL
G60 Agecroft Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x SDU, 1x FIU
G61 Eccles Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x WIU*
G62 Irlam Day Crewed 1x WrL

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Light 6x6 Pump (L6P): L1
  • Technical Response Unit (TRU): R2
  • Enhanced Rescue Unit (ERU): R7
  • Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR): R8
  • Search and Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): R9
  • Water Incident Unit (WIU): B2
  • Hydraulic Platform (HPV): A1
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): C2
  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU): S2
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pumping (PM+HVP): T6
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): T7
  • Hose Retrieval Unit (HRU): W2
  • Incident Command & Control Unit (ICCU): C1
  • Prime Mover + Environmental Protection Unit (PM+EPU): T6
  • Salvation Army Catering Unit (SACU): S4
  • Fire Investigation Unit (FIU): F1

CBRN Response:

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

History[edit]

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]

References[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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