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Why we are recruiting Emergency Fire Crews

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 23rd July 2014 at 17:50 - Posted in Fire Blogs

MANY will no doubt have seen in the news that we are currently recruiting an Emergency Fire Crew in case of industrial action and this is provoking quite a debate.The recruitment is in response to a ballot that is currently taking place, that could see firefighters across the country take part in a national strike. It is a dispute between the unions and the Government over pensions, and not between GMFRS and our firefighters.However, having said that, it does have a serious implication for us, as...
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Why we are recruiting Emergency Fire Crews

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 26th July 2013 at 17:44 - Posted in Fire Blogs

MANY will no doubt have seen in the news that we are currently recruiting an Emergency Fire Crew in case of industrial action and this is provoking quite a debate. The recruitment is in response to a ballot that is currently taking place, that could see firefighters across the country take part in a national strike. It is a dispute between the unions and the Government over pensions, and not between GMFRS and our firefighters. However, having said that, it does have a serious implication for us,...
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A big thank you for the support following death of Firefighter Stephen Hunt

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 18th July 2013 at 14:31 - Posted in Fire Blogs

IN more than 30 years working within fire and rescue services across England, I have to say this week has been the hardest and saddest I have lived through.  Losing a colleague, friend, family member - anyone - is difficult in any circumstance and, of course, we have our fair share of illness and tragedy in the brigade as in any other walk of life and have bid farewell to many people over the years for all sorts of reasons. But to lose someone in the line of duty, as we did with Stephen Hunt...
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Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 14th July 2013 at 8:35 - Posted in Fire Blogs

This is the kind of blog/statement I hoped I would never have to write - but, tragically, it is with great sadness that I have to confirm the death of one of our colleagues, who has died while tackling a large fire in Manchester City Centre. Stephen Hunt, a firefighter at Philips Park, was part of the team responding to a blaze in Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street. This has been a particularly difficult incident due to the complex layout of the building and the amount of materials inside. Unfortunately,...
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Changes to the GMFRS uniform

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 23rd May 2013 at 14:22 - Posted in Fire Blogs

  There has been a bit of commotion in recent days - and a predictable call to the Manchester Evening News by a 'dissatisfied member of staff' - about the issue of white shirts issued to watch managers and crew managers. Amazing how, with so many things going on that are very serious and big issues, folks can get so agitated about the colour of a shirt.  We are investing millions in training facilities, we are facing up to massive questions arising from the Efficiency review, we await...
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I wanted to say more about our volunteers and the co-ordinators...

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 27th February 2013 at 9:59 - Posted in Fire Blogs

I mentioned in my last blog I spent the day on Rochdale Borough yesterday and I wanted to use that opportunity to say more about our volunteers and the co-ordinators (and the whole machinery that supports volunteers of course). I met three of our volunteers yesterday and was able to talk about how they get involved, what they do and crucially what they get from their involvement.  And, frankly, it was inspirational stuff and it's not too big a statement to say that in a couple of cases it really...
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Had a great day on Rochdale Borough...

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 27th February 2013 at 9:56 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Had a great day on Rochdale Borough meeting the crews from Rochdale, Littleborough and Heywood as well as the Management Team, Safety Advisors and volunteers.  I also managed to see the new site for the new station (scheduled for completion by the end of this year). Lots of good things going on an a great chance to be able to say a bit more and explain a bit more some of he major things going on.  Getting out on to the stations is a really important thing to do - it would be very easy...
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CFO Steve McGuirk: "Enjoy the Harlem Shake - but I won't be joining in!"

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 22nd February 2013 at 16:09 - Posted in Fire Blogs

I really just can't ignore the" Harlem Shake" video that we have been getting a lot of publicity about.  I will come clean from the outset - a bit like the Gangnam craze - I really don't get it! But I guess that is probably a combination of age and one or two other things? I am not doing too badly - I'm into Twitter and the like and Mumford and Sons are my favourite band at the moment (now Brit award winners as well as Grammy winners) -  so I am keeping up reasonably well. But there...
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Post Incident Team praised for actions at serious collision

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 19th October 2012 at 19:26 - Posted in Fire Blogs

This morning members of our Post Incident Team - a recent service we have started to provide through our volunteers (a great service, by the way) - encountered a serious road traffic collision returning from an incident. The Watch Manager who attended very kindly sent through some feedback - which was deservedly glowing in the approach and professionalism of the initial actions taken by the volunteers. I think this is a great illustration of a lot of things and a real credit to everyone. From...
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GMFRS continues to fight for fairer distribution of funding

Written by RSS Poster Chiefs Blog on the 19th October 2012 at 19:13 - Posted in Fire Blogs

We continue to keep up the pressure in relation to lobbying for a fairer settlement for Metropolitan Fire Services and Greater Manchester in particular. Recently, we have been talking to the Lords explaining the situation and seeking their support to keep the issue as a high priority. Yesterday there was a question tabled that lead to further questions. There is a saying when people use when talking about controversial things: "there will be questions in the House"  - and I use this to illustrate...
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