Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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Did you know Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has firefighters who are specially trained to fight wildfires?
We have a statutory duty to protect the moorlands that surround the county so we have equipped our firefighters with new technology that enables us to put out fires quickly and safely.
Additionally, we have formed a Wildfires Advisory Group whose purpose includes raising awareness of the risks and dangers and identifying and sharing best practice in relation to wildfire incidents.
So, what is a wildfire?
A wildfire is determined by one or more of the following:
How do we tackle wildfires?
Our firefighters will use a number of techniques to control and extinguish the fire which includes our new Forced Air Firefighting Units (FAFU).
The leaf blower, or FAFU, is a new concept in firefighting and is used to control fires. In fact the idea isn’t really that new as evidence suggests that blowers were being used by the United States Forest Service as far back as the late 1960’s. It has both benefits and limitations so a good understanding of the units is needed before making a decision as to whether to use them at a wildfire.
The FAFU works in three ways:
GMFRS has eight air units based at four dedicated Wildfire response stations that work really well on various types of moorland including long grass and heather.
How can we prevent wildfires?
It’s quite easy really. By following the countryside code you will stop wildfires from happening.
Follow the simple steps below:
Fancy helping us?
Would you like to help GMFRS prevent wildfires? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our webpage here