HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
MORE GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE SERVICE CUTS COULD BE ON THE WAY
 

Star date: 17th July 2017

AS INQUIRY INTO MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB ATTACK BEGINS, MORE FIRE CUTS COULD BE IMPOSED

With a formal 'debrief', or inquiry, into the response to the Manchester Arena bomb attack due to begin - and with communities worried about fire safety in the wake of Grenfell Tower - behind the scenes Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and his team are looking at 'redesigning' the fire and rescue service - which inevitably means cuts and possible mergers with other blue light services.

"I think there clearly are some, er, sensitivities around that and we'll have to take those into account but yes that is on the agenda" Deputy GM Mayor Beverly Hughes said recently.

Full details here...


Back in June, something very strange happened during the Police and Crime Board Confirmation Panel hearing on Beverly Hughes becoming the 75,000 a year Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime...*

As councillors are quizzing Hughes about the role, Tory Trafford councillor, Laura Evans, asks her about 'redesigning' the blue light services, which are police, ambulances and fire...

"The whole of the blue light services I think need to be part of this conversation" she says "The fact is that we have all of these services in those communities, not least of all the fire...the, er, general need for the level of, erm, firefighters is obviously just the same because obviously we could have a big, er, event; but actually their day to day is not so well used perhaps...I would like to know what we're going to develop as a strategy moving forward to work with all of the blue lights and bring them into this arena..."

Beverley Hughes nervously responds...

"Well, I think there is potential, certainly from an efficiency point of view, Laura, to...to...to look at where, erm, joint working and joint support can get better value, erm, for money and I think that's been raised with us already hasn't it Andy by at least some of the leaders of those services.

"So there is a process that, erm, I have been talking to Adam (?) about that we will start to look at that" she adds "I think there clearly are some, ermmm, sensitivities around that and, er, we'll have to take those into account, erm, but yes that is on the agenda."

'Sensitivities' is an understatement. This week, the Salford Star understands, a 'debrief', or inquiry, is about to begin behind closed doors into the emergency services response to the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

As the Star reported, firefighters in Manchester were held back from immediately attending the bomb scene by managers, which led some of them to say they were 'ashamed' (see previous Salford Star article click here).

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has already stated that this issue will form part of the inquiry but 'redesigns' and 'mergers' inevitably mean cuts at a time, post Grenfell Tower and the bomb attack, when the fire service, already slashed to the bone, can least cope with them. Worried communities in Salford and beyond want the fire service to have more powers, particularly over safety, and more numbers.

After the Beverley Hughes statement during the confirmation hearing, Andy Burnham responds by talking around the issue "...we need to consider how we can encourage greater working across all three services" he says "The fire service are increasingly deploying defibrillators on fire engines and fire fighters are trained in CPR; that's a positive development...and I think, though, we have to find a way that's then sustainable across the fire service, and that fire fighters are adequately trained and resourced to do that.

"There are issues here that we need to take forward" he adds "and I think we should take them forward in the context of a review in terms of how the emergency services responded on the night..."

Post devolution, one of the Greater Manchester Mayor's powers is over the GM Fire and Rescue Service. At the moment, as Burnham says, the fire service is part of national pilot scheme to work more closely with health services. But the Salford Star understands that, behind the scenes, a part merger with the police could be being discussed, one that is more than sharing back office services.

"The union is aware of discussions about collaboration with other blue lights" Gary Keary of the Fire Brigades Union told the Salford Star "We've been engaged previously and will continue to be involved in these discussions. However we have concerns about elements of blue light collaboration, especially when it begins to impact the front line which could have negative effects.

"We've had massive cuts over recent years, and the union and the Chief Fire Officer believe that the cuts have already gone too far, and we don't believe we can take any more cuts to the front line" he added "We need to reinvest with staff and equipment to allow us to do our job to the best of our ability."


Andy Burnham's office did not wish to comment on the issue.


To view the YouTube video of Beverley Hughes and Andy Burnham at the confirmation hearing click here. The exchange is around 55 minutes into the meeting

Salford lad wrote
at 10:19:40 AM on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
What on earth does Beverley Hughes know about police or fire service provision. The last political incumbent of police crime commissioner the elderly labour MP for Rochdale was also useless and achieved little.

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Live Events
Salford Star contact
Salford Star
Salford Star print
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD DOGS4US SEES PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY PROTEST
Mary, you clearly have never ever contacted Salford Trafing stamdards about buying a dodgy car! Once again you are failing to not... [more]
article: SALFORD DOGS4US SEES PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY PROTEST
Mary ferrer, going and doing spot checks won't help. They know how to get around all that. What is needed is changes to the licens... [more]
article: SALFORD DOGS4US SEES PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY PROTEST
Right,Salford lad. I will try another view on this. Let's forget we are talking about puppies.Let's say it's a car,LOTS of cars,A... [more]
article: SALFORD DOGS4US SEES PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY PROTEST
Mary Ferrer you are comparing apples and pears. Cigarettes and alcohol are not living organisms! Dogs fall ill particularly puppie... [more]
article: SALFORD STAR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2017 OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
just wanna thank salford star for standing by us ting n ting ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING ON FIGHTING UNEMPLOYMENT POVERTY AND AUSTERITY

Star date: 24th September 2017

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL SEES ANTI-AUSTERITY MEETING

Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Saturday 30th September 1pm-3pm free
Working Class Movement Library

On the eve of the Tory Party Conference, the Mary Quaile Club is running a public meeting at Salford's Working Class Movement Library on Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity, with speakers Sean Mitchell, author of the book Struggle or Starve about Belfast riots, and Tameside Against The Cuts activist Charlotte Hughes.

Full details here...

KEN LOACH STARS IN FUNDRAISER FOR SALFORD RESOURCE CENTRE

Star date: 24th September 2017

KEN LOACH, JB BARRINGTON, RICKY TOMLINSON AND MORE

Films and Conversation with Ken Loach and Friends
Thursday 23rd November 4pm-midnight
Moston Miners' Centre 20/10

Ken Loach, director of top films like I, Daniel Blake, Cathy Come Home and Looking For Eric, is to star in a fundraiser for Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre on Thursday 23rd November. Joining him are JB Barrington, Ricky Tomlinson and more, with tickets on sale now.

Full details here...

LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE OPEN DAY AND SALFORD HISTORIES FESTIVAL

Star date: 23rd September 2017

LOCAL HISTORY GROUPS AND CORNERSTONE GO BACK TO THE FUTURE

Cornerstone Open Day and Salford Histories Festival
Saturday 30th September 10am-4pm
Langworthy Cornerstone free

Well over a dozen local history groups and community organisations have joined together for a Salford Histories Festival and Langworthy Cornerstone Open Day next Saturday, with competitions, activities, food and more.

Full details here...

MOORS MURDER PLAY COMES TO KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 23rd September 2017

DRAMA OF EVIL KILLERS MYRA HINDLEY AND IAN BRADY

Old Ground
Thursday 28th September to Sunday 8th October
Kings Arms 10/12

Organised Chaos bring Old Ground to the Kings Arms this week. It's a dramatic account of a specific moment in the horrific story of the Moors Murderers: Myra Hindley's disturbing attempt to deny involvement in the gruesome crimes in a bid for freedom, and Ian Brady's effort to exact revenge on his ex-lover, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

SALFORD POVERTY TRUTH COMMISSION TO REPORT FINDINGS

Star date: 23rd September 2017

HAS POVERTY TRUTH COMMISSION ACHIEVED ANYTHING?

In July 2016 the Salford Poverty Truth Commission was launched to drive home some real life honesty to those shaping the city's present and future, and hopefully change something. Has it achieved anything? On October 6th, Commission members will be sharing some results in a free open event that anyone can attend.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx