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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) was hailed as being among the most innovative in the UK when Fire and Policing Minister visited.
GMFRS welcomed the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP - today (Nov 3), to its Training and Development Centre and Manchester Central Fire Station.
The visit showcased innovations made since Mr Lewis visited in 2013 showing the Minister how GMFRS is leading the way for the future.
Mr Lewis also learned about collaborative working taking place with multi-agency partners North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Mr Lewis had a tour of the Incident Command Academy (ICA) where members of the ICA demonstrated a large scale flooding incident.
Mr Lewis requested a tour of the facility after hearing GMFRS had won a BQF Innovation Award for innovation in training and assessing firefighters using a virtual environment.
Recruit firefighters were introduced to the Minister, who watched them take part in road traffic collision training.
Paramedics from NWAS joined Green Watch from Manchester Central to take part in a high performance CPR demonstration to highlight collaborative working between the services at cardiac arrest incidents. Mr Lewis also got to see a demonstration of the CPR training offered to members of the community.
The Minister also had the opportunity to answer questions from firefighters in an open question and answer session at the fire station.
The visit took place on the same day as the long-awaited Thomas Review was released by Government.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton, welcomed the the review and said it was a privilege to hear the Fire Minister commend the journey Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is on during his visit.
Cllr Acton, who also plays a lead role in the Local Government Association's Fire Services Management Committee, said: “The Thomas Review has illustrated a number of areas for improvement, but I would like to reassure the people of Greater Manchester that the Fire Authority and GMFRS have already made great strides in the areas where we can directly, and indirectly, impact on.
“Over the days, weeks and months ahead we look forward to working with our staff, the Home Office, the Combined Authority, the representative bodies and of course the public, to further improve the service delivered to the diverse communities of Greater Manchester.”