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Snow and strong winds keep fire crews busy
Thursday 1st March 2018 @ 20:52 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton News Tameside

Tameside fire crews were called in to help out with incidents across the Greater Manchester region today as firefighters dealt with a series of weather related incidents.

Dangerous structures, road traffic collisions and fallen trees were just some of the incidents firefighters have been dealing with due to the snow and strong winds .

Crews and officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) were called to numerous incidents involving dangerous structures, including roofs and garden furniture hanging precariously.

The fire service also dealt with numerous serious road traffic incidents, the most serious on the M66 at 11.25am when firefighters were called to a collision involving 16 vehicles between the Ramsbottom and Bury junction.

No one was trapped in any of the vehicles, although paramedics assisted two people who had remained in their cars, and one was taken to hospital. Others were assessed inside a bus that was used as makeshift shelter.

In Manchester, two teenage men were taken to hospital after becoming trapped under a fallen conifer tree.

Two fire engines from Littleborough and Blackley, and a rescue unit from Ashton, were called to Erskine Road at 2.11pm. Firefighters used a chainsaw and cutting gear to release the men. They suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

GMFRS’ Area Manager, Billy Myers, said: “I would urge everyone to take precautions during this bad weather. Our advice is to only travel if absolutely necessary – and if you do have to travel, please take extra care and time when making your journey.

“In strong winds, please bring in any loose items from your garden, and secure furniture and large items such as gazebos and trampolines. Don’t take any risks and look out for vulnerable relatives and neighbours.”

Crews have been called to a number of more minor incidents caused by the bad weather:

  • At 11.45am, they attended Wildhouse Lane, Milnrow, after reports of a vehicle in a ditch. A fire engine attended as, due to the depth of the snow, it was unclear whether anyone was trapped inside. The crew searched the area, but no vehicle was found and the incident is believed to have been a false alarm.
  • A gazebo flew into a garden in Oaklands Park, Oldham, at 12.48pm and blocked access to a back door.
  • Then at 1.11pm an officer attended Meek Street, Royton, where loose metal roofing was posing a danger.
  • An officer attended Brinnington Road, Stockport, at 1.37pm after reports that part of a roof was hanging over a walkway.
  • In Upper Brook Street, Manchester, GMFRS officers were called to a fallen tree in the road near to a medical centre just after 2pm.
  • At 2.40pm, crews attended Denmark Way, Chadderton, where a three-metre trampoline had become wedged between a tree and fence.
  • A six-metre tree fell in a garden and onto an adjacent house in Heights Avenue, Rochdale. Crews were called at 2.09pm and residents were advised to find alternative accommodation.
  • At 2.52pm residents in Hardfield Rod, Middleton, reported a loose tree branch measuring approximately 20ft in length that was resting dangerously on other trees.
  • At 3.16pm, an officer attended Parsonage Street, Heaton Norris in Stockport, where a TV aerial was causing a hazard.

Crews have also been working with partner agencies to assist vulnerable members of the community.