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 over 2.8 million people.
From modern inner-city developments to traditional mill towns, Greater Manchester is made up of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
The service promotes 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.