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Firefighters share their stories on the busiest night of the year

CITIZENS of Greater Manchester can gain an insight into one of the busiest fire and rescue services in Europe this Bonfire Night.

Staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will be riding on fire engines across the City Region posting updates live on social media.

The public will be able to see what Greater Manchester firefighters deal with on one of the busiest nights of their year by following @manchesterfire on Twitter and Instagram and using #Treacle2016.

Staff from GMFRS will be on fire engines from Bolton Central tonight and Salford, Manchester Central, Moss Side and Gorton tomorrow.

Updates will also be coming from GMFRS’s Command Support Room, which is the nerve centre of the Service’s response operation during large scale incidents.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton, said: “The unseasonably dry weather and Bonfire Night falling on a Saturday could combine to create a very busy evening for our crew.

“Staff across GMFRS will be working flat out to keep people safe and I urge everyone to follow us on social media, so they can see for themselves what our crew faces on Bonfire Night.

“Thousands of people will be attending organised events across the City Region, but many more will be having their own fires and displays.

“I would urge everyone to watch our videos on the Fireworks Code and make sure they know where their children are and what they’re doing on Bonfire Night.

“Some firefighters will leave the station at the start of their shift and they won’t make it back for many hours as they attend nuisance fires one after the other.

“People need to understand our crew can’t be in two places at once – nuisance fires waste our time and slow us down when we’re trying to get life threatening incidents like fires, RTCs and cardiac arrests.

“We’d like to wish everyone in Greater Manchester a very safe and happy Bonfire Night.”  


Last update: 04/11/2016 14:14:38
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