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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service clarifies invalid press statements

Published on 8 September 2010
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service declared the report of making compulsory redundancies and closing fire stations as invalid
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is actually waiting for the findings of the undergoing reviews

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has clarified that it has no future plans of making 'compulsory redundancies' and 'closing fire stations'.

There are currently reports that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is planning to make 'compulsory redundancies' and considering 'closing fire stations'. 

Contrary to these reports, at this time there are no plans to carryout either 'compulsory redundancies' or 'closing of fire stations', although there are a number of reviews that have the potential to significantly impact on the Fire and Rescue Service and we await their findings.

Statement from County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk:

"For Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, like many other public sector organisations, there remains a great deal of uncertainty. Whilst there are a number of reviews being carried out on behalf of the Government that could have significant implications for us, we have been preparing ourselves for their potential impact.

The role of the Fire and Rescue Service has changed significantly over years, from one only seen by the public in emergencies, to one that now also plays a very visible and important part in all areas of public safety. We have proven that we can adapt and change as the publics needs change, whilst keeping their safety our key priority and remaining a Service that the public can depend on and be proud of. That ability to change as circumstances change will stand us in good stead as we face this uncertain future." 

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