Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services outside London. We cover an area of approximately 500 square miles and a culturally diverse population of 2.8 million people. 

From modern inner-city developments to traditional mill towns, Greater Manchester is made up of ten very different districts - BoltonBuryManchesterOldhamRochdaleSalfordStockportTamesideTrafford and Wigan.

Our vision is to make GMFRS a modern, flexible and resilient fire and rescue service, fulfilling our mission of saving lives, protecting communities and working together.

The fire service is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. On a day-to-day basis the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) are responsible for overseeing the running of the fire service, please see an overview of the management team here.

Greater Manchester is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Home to more than 2.8 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland, our vision is to make it one of the best places in the world. We're getting there through a combination of economic growth, and the reform of public services.

The GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

The ten councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment.

Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. The Greater Manchester Strategy sets out a set of clear priorities for delivering this goal, including:

  • All children to start school ready to learn
  • Young people equipped for life
  • Good quality housing, and an end to rough sleeping
  • Safer and stronger communities
  • Greater Manchester to pioneer a positive vision for growing older
  • Called ‘Our People, Our Place’, the new Greater Manchester Strategy is a long term blueprint for the future of the 2.8m people who make up our region.

The plan looks at 10 priority areas which affect all Greater Manchester residents and details how life will be improved for all who live in the city-region, from being ready for school, to starting work and growing old, as well as everything else in between.

More information about our 10 priority areas can be found on our website:

Our outline business case can be found here: