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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services in the UK.  With a population of over 2.7million, Greater Manchester is the second largest economy in the UK, containing the largest airport and media hub outside of London, a complex network of motorways, large industrial, heritage and protected wildlife sites, major businesses and over one million homes. 

From modern inner city developments to traditional mill towns, Greater Manchester is made up of ten very different districts - Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.  As a Service we have a big part to play in keeping communities safe and well, businesses running, and protecting our heritage and environment. 

Every role within the Service plays a role in helping us fulfill our aim to save, protect and improve the lives of people in Greater Manchester.  Roles across all areas of the organisation including, IT, finance, administration, catering, technical, HR, Community and Business Safety, and front line firefighting posts all have a key contribution to the Service we provide to our diverse communities. 

The Organisation

Our purpose and aims

Our purpose is to save, protect and improve the lives of people in Greater Manchester

We have 6 strategic aims (see below) which summarise what we plan to do to meet this purpose:

To achieve our purpose we aim to:

Save: Plan and prepare for emergencies that my happen and make a high quality, effective and resilient response to them.

Protect: Influence and regulate the built environment to protect people, property and the environment from harm.

Prevent: Engage with the Greater Manchester’s communities to inform and educate people in how to reduce the risk of fires and other emergencies, ,improve the quality of their lives and do all we can to prevent crime and disorder.

Public Value: Manage risk through using resources flexibly, efficiently and effectively, continuously improving our use of public money in ways our communities will value

People: Work with people with the right skills and attitude to deliver high quality, value for money services in a positive environment for everyone.

Principles: Operate in accordance with the law and our values, and ensure that safety, sustainability, partnership and inclusivity run through all that we do

Our Values

Respect – Supporting, involving and listening to others, showing dignity, consideration and empathy.

Excellence - Striving to develop, to ensure our contributions make our Fire and Rescue Service the best it can be.

Honesty – Committed to creating and maintaining an open and truthful environment, which is fair and consistent.

Inclusive – Removing barriers to participations to promote a truly representative service, using diversity to benefit all.

Professionalism in Our Role – Demonstrating a positive attitude and commitment, to deliver a high quality service and take pride in their role.



Our Head Office is based in Swinton and we have 41 fire stations across Greater Manchester. Our original Training Centre is based in Manchester City Centre, and we opened a new, state of the art, operational training centre and community safety facility in Bury in 2017. As well as providing realistic training conditions, the site has a community facility that featuring an interactive and immersive learning area where local people and school children, in particular, come to learn how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers.


Attractive pension scheme, holidays which may increase over length of service,

Flexible working hours scheme for certain roles, parking facilities, on-site gym, cycle to work scheme, child care voucher scheme, Sports and Social Association 

Equality and Diversity 

A key goal for the Service is for our people to reflect the diverse communities we serve.

Your Health & Well-being 

The health and well-being of our employees is very important to us and we offer a number of support services for all employees across the Service regardless of their role. 

Learning and Development

We provide effective learning and development programmes and facilities, and recognise and reward great performance.

GMFRS Statistics

Beyond emergency response and fire prevention, our purpose includes the pledge to improve lives in Greater Manchester.  We have targeted resources where they are needed most – in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities.  As well as apprenticeships there are many other initiatives which support our purpose – initiatives which have earned young people in Greater Manchester over 3,000 qualifications in the last three years.

In 2015 a GMFRS Safety Adviser won apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards.  The success of our schemes has led to the inclusion in the Government’s Apprenticeship Trailblazers project to develop national standards.

Our volunteer programme offers 30 areas of work, empowering individuals to help make their communities safer and creating opportunities to develop skills and increase employability.  Last year volunteers provided over 46,000 hours of service including the Post Incident Team who help residents clear up after the devastating impact of fires.

We focus on creating employment pathways, providing skills and experience for young people from an early age, all the way into employment.

FireFly and Fire Team offer alternative curriculum courses to young people in danger from exclusion from school, to help integrate into mainstream services.