Manchester hosts Fire 2004.(Greater Manchester Fire and Service Profile)

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is the second largest fire service in the country. It serves an area 0f approximately 496 square miles, contains a culturally diverse resident population of almost 2.5 million people in one million domestic properties, and has a wide range of commercial and industrial complexes, giving the fire service a huge task

There are a number of densely populated centres within the Greater Manchester area ranging from very modern inner city deve4opments to traditional mill town communities that have expanded, diversified and developed. To serve its communities GMFRS utilises the skills of nearly 2,700 people--including 2,224 operational firefighters and control staff. Forty-one stations house 6/ pumping appliances and 27 specialist appliances. In 2003 we received 114,614 calls to 66,620 incidents.

Within the North West region Greater Manchester has 37 per cent of the overall population, provides 46 per cent of the employment and contributes 42 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product.

Greater Manchester has a vibrant multicultural community, embracing a mix of people who all contribute to the region's vitality and success; almost nine per cent of our residents are from ethnic minorities. We are committed to providing a high quality service to all sections of this diverse community ensuring equal and fair treatment in all aspects of our service delivery. This gives us the significant challenge of ensuring that our workforce is representative of the community we serve.

The geographical area of the service is separated into three operational commands:

South Area Command

Based at the area headquarters in Stretford. It covers a geographical area of 132 square miles encompassing the metropolitan areas of Manchester, Stockport and Trafford and has a residential population of 940,000. There is a broad representation across the whole social spectrum from the inner city areas to the affluent suburbs.

The area, which includes Manchester City centre, has many of the risks associated with a major international city, numerous major sporting venues including two Premiership football stadiums, the national cycling centre, and a county cricket ground. …

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