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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


146 Bolton Road

Swinton, Manchester

M27 8US

Tel: 0161 736 5866

For a FREE Safe and Well visit please call:

0800 555 815

Diverse Manchester


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is the largest Fire and Rescue Service outside London with around 2,200 members of staff and 41 fire stations. We cover an area of approximately 500 square miles and a culturally diverse population of 2.5 million people.

There are a number of densely populated centres within the area ranging from modern inner city developments to traditional mill town communities that have expanded, diversified and developed. We have some of the country's most vibrant communities and some of the most deprived. We discharge our duties over the 10 Metropolitan District Authorities that once formed the County of Greater Manchester.

The people who work for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service include 1761 operational firefighters and control room staff; 443 support staff and 250 volunteers. All together we provide fire and rescue services across Greater Manchester. Since 2008 the organisation has developed a Community Action Team (CAT) volunteer's programme which has supplemented and increased organisational capacity.

The Service is governed by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority which is a body made up of appointed borough councillors on a proportional basis. They are responsible for agreeing strategic policies, priorities, and monitoring the Fire and Rescue Service's operations, performance and finances.

The Authority is comprised of 30 elected members representing the Metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Each district possesses its own environmentally and socially diverse characteristics which, together, present a complex package of risks for the service to manage.

The Vision of the Fire and Rescue Authority is

"To make Greater Manchester a safer place by being a modern, community focused and influential Fire and Rescue Authority."

Working with the communities

Through our work within our local communities, aimed initially at improving safety, we have encountered an added dimension. We have been able to utilise our position of trust within these communities in innovative ways, helping to develop children and young people and build a greater community spirit in some of our most deprived local areas.

For example, during 2009, we worked with more than 560 children and young people on a range of development programmes designed to educate and inform about the dangers of fire, fire-related crime and its consequences. By doing this, our hope is that we will not only help to tackle issues of crime and anti-social behaviour but that we could also have a wider impact, improving their school attendance and thus their future employment chances.

Increasingly, we are realising the benefits of members of our communities participating in delivering community fire safety services as volunteers. Last year, more than 4,250 hours of time were given freely by our Community Action Team (CAT) volunteers. Our volunteer programme has gone from strength to strength and continues to find new ways to add value to the services we provide.


Our Demographic Profile

Greater Manchester's communities are very diverse with approximately 641 languages being spoken. Through our risk management planning we have focused on meeting the needs, and improving our services to all of these diverse communities. Each of our ten Boroughs' have action plans and demographic information is included in order to ensure that the focus on services is correct for that area. An overview of each area follows.

Note: Much of the information that follows is derived from the current available data from the 2001 Census records. We have utilised the most accurate data currently available and this will be regularly assessed and updated as more up to date information becomes available.


Bolton Borough is a culturally diverse Borough with:

  • A population of over 261,000 (2001 Census records)

The 2001 Census indicates that 11% belong to an ethnic group other than white. The largest minority communities are of Indian (approx 17,000) and of Pakistani (approx 6,500) origins.  Bolton also has Polish, Ukrainian, Irish and many other communities. Compared with the white population, the minority ethnic population has fairly young age profiles, with few people over retirement age and high proportions under the age of 30, especially in the Asian groups.


The Borough of Bury has:

  • A population of 181,900 (Census records)

The ethnic breakdown in Bury is:

  • 94% White,
  • 4% Asian or Asian British,
  • 1.1% Mixed,
  • 0.9% Black or Black British
  • 0.5% is Chinese or other ethnic group (2001 Census).


The City of Manchester has:

  • A population of 393, 610 (2001 Census)

The ethnicity breakdown of Manchester is:

  • 80.96% White,
  • 9.13% Asian or Asian British
  • 3,23% Mixed Race,
  • 2.17% Chinese or other ethnic group.

These figures do not take into account the recent influx of economic migrants from Eastern Europe. People from the Roma community started to move into South Gorton in 2008 which now numbers over 3000 and is increasing.


The Borough of Oldham has:

  • A population of 217,276 (Census 2001)

The ethnic breakdown in Oldham is:

  • 86.14% White,
  • 1.13% Mixed Race,
  • 11.88% Asian or Asian British,
  • 0.57% Black or Black British,
  • 0.28% belong to different multi-ethnic communities.


The Borough of Rochdale covers an area of 62 square miles, and is the second largest of the 10 metropolitan boroughs that make up  Greater Manchester, although it has the lowest population density. Rochdale has:

  • An approximate population of 206,500.

The ethnic breakdown in Rochdale is:

  • 86% White,
  • 7.7% Pakistani
  • 1.3% White Irish
  • 1.3% Bangladeshis

The borough has seen an increase in migrants from Eastern Europe and the Congo and these are not reflected in the 2001 Census.


The Borough of Salford has:

  • A population of 216,103 (Census records)
  • 49% are male
  • 51% are female

The ethnicity breakdown of Salford is:

  • 95% White,
  • 0.5% Black,
  • 0.5% Chinese,
  • 0.5% Indian,
  • 0.4% Pakistani,
  • 2.6% New Commonwealth:


The Borough of Stockport has:

  • A population of 284,528 (Census records)

Just less than 4% of the population of Stockport is from an ethnic group other than white with the largest ethnic group being Pakistani.


The Borough of Tameside has:

  • A population of 213,034 (2001 Census)

The ethnic breakdown in Tameside is:

  • 94.6% White,
  • 4% Asian or Asian British,
  • 0.8% Mixed Race,
  • 0.3% Black or Black British
  • 0.4% belong to other multi ethnic communities.


The Borough of Trafford is a prominent area of great diversity and contrasts with a lively mix of inner-city neighbourhoods, leafy suburbs and semi-rural communities. Trafford has:

  • A population of 210,145 (2001 Census)

The ethnic breakdown of the borough is:

  • 84.5% White,
  • 4% Indian/Pakistani,
  • 1.9% Black,
  • 0.8% New Commonwealth
  • 0.5% Chinese,
  • 8.3% class themselves as other to these options.

There are also 16.2% who are over the age of 65 years.


Wigan Borough has one of the largest populations in Greater Manchester with a relatively high proportion of people between the ages of 20 - 64 years old.  95% of the population live in the main urban settlements within the borough. Wigan has:

  • A population of 301,415 (Census records)

The ethnic breakdown in Wigan is:

  • 98.7% White,
  • 0.44% Asian or British Asian,
  • 0.43% Mixed Race,
  • 0.18% Black or Black British
  • 0.25% are Chinese or Other Ethnic Group.





Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:53
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