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Firefighters respond to life threatening emergencies across Greater Manchester during busy 24 hours for GMFRS

Borough: All boroughs

Incident Date: 18 March 2016

FIREFIGHTERS across Greater Manchester responded to a number of life threatening incidents yesterday as crews rescued people from vehicles and house fires, dealt with a collapsed building and tackled a moorland fire.

A busy 24 hours for the Service began when firefighters were called to a large moorland fire near to Rochdale Road, in Denshaw Oldham at 2.40pm yesterday, March 17, 2016.

It took around 15 firefighters with beaters over an hour to control the fire, which had spread over an area of 200 metres of moorland.

Shortly after 3pm a crew from Moss Side and Salford attended a business on Demesne Road, Manchester.

Two firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled a fire in a bathroom confining it to the room of origin and saving the business.

At 6pm a crew from Stretford and Eccles and a Technical Response Unit (TRU) from Leigh were called to a motorcyclist trapped under a vehicle on Fountains Road.

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting gear to free the 25 year-old man as quickly as possible working with paramedics to give him the best possible chance of survival.

At 6.14pm a crew from Stockport, Whitehill, Offerton were called to a severe kitchen fire in a detached house on Lucerne Road, Bramhall.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the blaze and cleared the smoke from the home with a high pressure fan.

Shortly after 1am a crew from Blackley and Broughton were joined by the TRU from Ashton at the partial collapse of the gable end of a house on Parkhill Avenue, Manchester.

Emergency services worked together to locate the residents of the property and after establishing that no one was trapped they worked with local authority building inspectors to secure the property.

Finally at 3.19am a crew from Eccles and Stretford were called to Cardwell Road, Eccles after arsonists set three wheelie bins alight in a front garden.

The crew tackled the blaze and prevented it spreading to the home.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “The last 24 hours has been very busy for our firefighters, who have worked tirelessly to save lives and protect property.

“These incidents are just a snap shot of the wide range of emergencies our crew respond to day in day out.

“At a moment’s notice firefighters could be protecting vital habitats on a moorland or working with their blue light colleagues to free a critically ill person from a car crash.

“In between responding to emergencies our firefighters and support staff work to help our communities protect themselves from fire and other emergencies.

“If you would like our help please call 0800 555 815 or visit to book a free Safe and Well visit.”


Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:19
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