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.
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.