Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.png
Ever Vigilant
Operational area
CountyGreater Manchester
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerDave Russel
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats2
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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is the statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, England. It is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.[1]

GMFRS 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 2,200 personnel, of which 1,200 are frontline firefighters, and 403 non-uniformed support staff.

The service's headquarters is located in Pendlebury, Salford.[2]


Headquarters in Pendlebury

The service was created when the county of Greater Manchester came into being in 1974. It had previously 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.[3]

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 other seven borough councils of Greater Manchester.[4]

Recent events[edit]

In 2017, the service came under considerable controversy on the night of the Manchester Arena bombing due to arriving two hours later than the police after the bombing. A report by Lord Bob Kerslake found that GMFRS deployed units only at 00:15 after conversation was overheard of armed police being sent in to scout the area one-and-a-half hours earlier.[5] Then-Chief Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly apologised for the delay in response, although blaming the Greater Manchester Police for the delay, citing an "information vacuum" from the force and for not correctly liaising with the ambulance and fire services following the bombing.[6]

The service, alongside the Lancashire fire service, were among the first responders to the Saddleworth Moor fire on 24 June 2018, managing to extinguish the fire on the same day, a normal event said to happen on the moor on a hot summer's day, but because of the heatwave starving the land of rain and thus drying the peat, the fire reignited on the next day, soon burning out of control, and following a declaration of a major incident the day after that, requiring the evacuation of 50 houses nearby.[7] With the service having never fought a moorland fire on the scale of this fire, mutual aid was sought out from seven other fire services across the north of England, including Cumbria, Tyne and Wear, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and Warwickshire,[8] and following a request from assistant chief fire officer Dave Keelan, military assistance came to help extinguish the wildfire, of which it eventually was declared three weeks later on 18 July. A similar fire on Winter Hill, north of Bolton in Lancashire, breaking out on 28 June and being declared under control on 16 July, a merger of two previous wildfires that directly threatened, but never affected a transmitting station on the hill,[9] was also responded to by both the Greater Manchester and Lancashire services.

Fire stations and appliances[edit]

Southern area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G10 Stretford Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x TL, 1x PM, pods: 2x HVP/HVHL
G11 Sale Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 1x 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 1x WrL, 1x TL
G17 Blackley Wholetime 1x WrL
G18 Philips Park Wholetime 1x WrL
G19 Gorton Wholetime 2x WrL
G20 Whitehill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x HPV
G21 Stockport Wholetime 1x WrL
G22 Cheadle Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x HLL*
G23 Offerton Wholetime 1x WrL
G24 Marple Day Crewed 1x WrL
Whitehill fire station

Eastern area[edit]

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

Western area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
G50 Bolton Central Wholetime/Jump Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x HLP, 2x PM*, pods: 1x HVP, 1x HVHL,
G51 Bolton North Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L6P*, 1x HLL*
G52 Horwich Day Crewed 1x WrL
G53 Farnworth Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x BFU*, 1x PM (UTC pod)*
G54 Wigan Wholetime 2x WrL
G55 Hindley Wholetime 1x WrL
G56 Atherton Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CSU*
G57 Leigh Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x HLP
G58 Salford Wholetime 1x WrT (Trial Basis), 1x WrL, 1x SACU
G59 Broughton Wholetime 1x WrL
G60 Agecroft Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x SDU***
G61 Eccles Wholetime/Dual Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WIU*
G62 Irlam Day Crewed/Dual Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WFU* 1x WU*
Hose Retrival Unit

Fire appliance glossary[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1 / P2
  • Water Tower (WrT): P1
  • Light 6x6 Pump (L6P): M2
  • Turntable Ladder (TL): A3
  • Hydraulic Platform (HLP): A1
  • Water Incident Unit (WIU): B2
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU): C1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C2
  • Fire Investigation Unit (FIU): F1
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU): S1
  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU): S2
  • Salvation Army Catering Unit (SACU): S4
  • Welfare Unit (WU): S3/S7
  • Wildfire Unit (WFU): L2
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): C3
  • Prime Mover (PM): T6 / T7


  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • High Volume Hose Layer (HVHL)
  • USAR Timber Carrier (UTC)
  • Hose Laying Lorry & Hose Retrieval Unit (HLL): W2

Technical Response Unit:

  • Technical Response Pump (TRU): R2
  • Technical Response Van (TRU): R4
  • Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR): R6
  • Search and Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): R9 (*** Dog unit stood down as of December 2020. Dog unit services now provided by Lancashire Fire and Rescue)

CBRN Response:

  • Detection, Identification and Monitoring Unit (DIM): H8

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