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04-07-18

Firefighters continue to work together to tackle Moorland Wildfires

Firefighters from across the United Kingdom continue to work together to deal with two significant Moorland incidents in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

The incidents between them now cover an area of approximately 27km2 and as such have attracted a huge national response which has included teams from 21 Fire and Rescue Services, specialist resources such as high volume pumping units and 4x4 vehicles.

Resourcing of the incident is being supported by the National Resilience Assurance Team and National Resilience Fire Control along with Tactical Advisers from the National Fire Chiefs Council a specialist wildfire group are also in attendance, and offering expertise to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s and Lancashire’s FRS incident command team. This includes both professional and operational assistance. National Resilience also have an Enhanced Logistic Support (ELS) capability in attendance in Lancashire to assist with the coordination of the assets from supporting FRS.

Incidents of this scale needs a coordinated, joined-up approach; this ensures we have the right people, assets and equipment in place.

Roy Wilsher



We currently have 47 Firefighting appliances in attendance at these incidents with over 150 Firefighters battling the blaze and preventing the fire from spreading.

Air support operated by United Utilities continues to be utilised by dropping water on affected areas; drone reconnaissance is also being brought into operation to provide vital operational intelligence to the incident commanders to inform their tactical plans.

Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council said: “The response from fire and rescue services across the country has been incredible. Incidents of this scale needs a coordinated, joined-up approach; this ensures we have the right people, assets and equipment in place. NR Fire Control in Merseyside is assisting with the coordination of all supporting assets. NFCC is continuing to provide regular updates to the government about the incident.

“I would like to thank everyone who is assisting at the incident, from firefighters, partners and also to the general public who have come together to offer help and assistance.”

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