Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is committed to supporting those we regulate to understand and comply with their legal obligations to keep their premises, employees and the public safe.
The core purpose underpinning our protection work is “to ensure the safety of the public and firefighters by identifying, investigating and reducing risk. We will work with others to identify risks and develop solutions to improve safety through engagement, advice and enforcement”.
We know that by working with others we can better understand risks and share this knowledge to ensure that not only can we provide a safe and effective response to fires but more importantly we can influence building design and management to prevent fires occurring. We want to support those we regulate to reduce the risk of a fire occurring, protecting the built environment and reducing the impact of fires on the environment.
Our Business Engagement Framework
We have developed a Business Engagement Framework which sets out how we will deliver against the commitments in our Protection Strategy:
- Improving our business engagement to offer information in a range of ways which are inclusive and easily accessible
- Working with others to prepare for legislative change by providing guidance and support
- Thematic targeting of advice and information aligned to our risk based inspection programmes
- Sharing information about the causes of fire with key stakeholders to reduce risks in our communities
As part of our Business Engagement, we will be hosting online sessions via Microsoft Teams which will allow those responsible for managing fire safety to access information and support – these sessions are generally targeted at specific sectors.
The details of upcoming events over the next three months and how you can book a place are below.
Housing Providers and Managing Agent Update – this session will focus on changes to the Fire Safety Order which affect houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and blocks of flats.
Fire Safety in Care Homes - this session is aimed at the owners and managers of residential care homes and will provide an overview of fire safety requirements and the impact of changes to the Fire Safety Order.
- Friday, 29 September, 2pm-4pm - book here
Advice for businesses storing and selling fireworks – this session is aimed at businesses who hold a licence or plan to obtain a licence to store fireworks and sell them. The sessions will cover licence conditions, safe storage and how GMFRS inspects premises.
Fire Safety in Care Homes this session is aimed at the owners and managers of residential care homes and will provide an overview of fire safety requirements and the impact of changes to the Fire Safety Order.
- Tuesday, 10 October, 10am–2pm - book here
Fire Safety in Licensed Premises – following our campaign in 2022 this session will be aimed at those who own or manage pubs, bars and restaurants and will provide an overview of fire safety responsibilities, explain the risks from indoor fireworks and the standards required for interior decorations and how changes to the Fire Safety Order affect licensed premises.
- Dates and times to be confirmed