Fire service supports ASB Awareness Week

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) urges people to act responsibly as it is revealed that firefighters were called to more than 1,200 anti-social behaviour related incidents in the last five years.

Since April 2016, fire crews from across Greater Manchester have come under attack 120 times – which includes anything from verbal abuse to having missiles thrown at them.

In addition, crews across the 10 boroughs have been called to 1108 hoax calls made to North West Fire Control. 

GMFRS’ Head of Prevention, Area Manager Paul Duggan, said: “We are proud to be supporting ASB Awareness Week in Greater Manchester, raising the profile of the impacts of anti-social behaviour and how such acts affect our staff members and organisation.

“Sadly, a small portion of Greater Manchester’s residents carry our acts of anti-social behaviour – such as making hoax calls, attacking our crews, and starting fires outdoors. These incidents take up unnecessary times and could stop us saving someone’s life elsewhere.

“People unfortunately don’t always think about the consequences of their actions, which can have long-lasting impacts on others, as well as on their own futures, but our message is clear – we won’t tolerate anti-social behaviour of any kind so please think of others before you act.”

If you are a victim of anti-social behaviour, please report it to the police, and head to the GM Victims’ website for lots of useful information and guidance, including specific support relating to anti-social behaviour.

If you are concerned about yourself or a member of your community who may be suffering from ASB then please report it to GMP via LiveChat or via the dedicated link on its website - Always call 999 in an emergency.

To find out about #SumemrSafe – Greater Manchester’s partnership campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour go to:

Follow activity supporting the campaign from July 19 to July 25 on social media using #ASBAwarenessWeek.



19/07/2021 11:43 AM