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Concern expressed over Greater Manchester fire station facilities

01 August 2018

Details have emerged over a number of issues within the Greater Manchester area fire stations, according to the Manchester Evening News.

There is an absence of appropriate shower and toilet facilities, with concerns also expressed over vermin infestations, it reported.

These details were revealed after senior personnel conducted a review of the service, following the Manchester Arena attack in May last year.

This identified "really serious issues" within the fire service buildings and an urgent proramme of basic upgrades has begun.

Chadderton station was identified as being one of those in most urgent need of attention.

The study also showed a lack of facilities for female employees, which is also being urgently addressed with the intention of completion within the next eight weeks.

Council leaders were addressed by Baroness Hughes at a recent meeting of the region's combined authority, outlining the findings of the study.

In addition to the showering, toilet and vermin issues, she further referred to problems with "maintenance and compliance with health and safety", due to poor monitoring and application.

The Manchester Evening News report stated that the cost of the operation to correct the issues had not been stated, as yet.

It also reported that no reasons had been given for why the buildings had been "allowed to deteriorate".

FM operations are reported to have been carried out by in-house teams and there were no details provided on whether this would continue in the future.

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