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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest outside London with over 2,100 members of staff and 41 stations. It covers an area of approximately 500 square miles and a culturally diverse population of 2.5 million people.

From modern inner-city developments to traditional mill towns, Greater Manchester is made up of ten very different districts:

Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

The service’s vision is to make Greater Manchester a safer place by being a modern, community-focused and influential fire and rescue service.

It also spends a great deal of time promoting fire safety within the community and aims to have at least one working smoke alarm in every home in Greater Manchester. It carries out building inspections to ensure that businesses are meeting their fire safety regulations and visits schools to raise awareness of fire safety.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’ Northern fire region

Contact Andy Cooke

HMICFRS’ role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

493 square miles


2.84m people
up4% local 5 yr change


100% wholetime firefighters
0% on-call firefighters
0.48 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down18% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


41 stations
48 fire engines


3.8 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.1 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
4.7 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£25.06 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Jim Wallace