Incident 51/2012

At 17:45 this afternoon, we were paged for assistance by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, regards an incident at an industrial premises where a male crane operator had suffered a seizure, whilst in his operating cab a height off the ground.

With drivers already mobilising to our two garage / vehicle locations, a fully detailed full team pager message was sent at 17.50hrs.

The incident had initially been called through to NWAS, who responded, also mobilising NWAS HART and GMFRS, who in turn mobilised ourselves.

With four members just arriving on scene and three of our Land Rovers already responding and a fourth about to respond, we were stood down at 18.00hrs, as the on site resources were able to deal with the incident. (Which we understand was concluded at circa 18.45hrs with the casualty on route to Royal Bolton Hospital)

The incident was in industrial premises at Raikes Clough Industrial Estate, Raikes Lane, Burnden, Bolton.


This account of the incident appeared on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website (Incidents)

“At 1738 hrs on the 7th July 2012 fire crews from Bolton Fire Stations attended an incident in which a man in his 40’s had become unwell after operating a high level crane at the Incinerator Plant. The man had managed to get down from the crane and on to a roof that was 30ft above ground level. Following an assessment by paramedics he was deemed not well enough to get off the roof by his own means and needed rescuing by fire crews at the scene.

Firefighters used a special high reach aerial appliance to gain access to the roof. They put the man in a stretcher and secured him to the platform on the appliance and brought him to the ground in a controlled and safe manner.

He was then treated by paramedics and taken to Bolton Royal Infirmary for further assessment and treatment.”

The following resources were known to have been deployed at this incident, (Please note this listing may be incomplete):

  • GMFRS: Three Water Ladder Appliances from Farnworth and Bolton Central Fire Stations, (W53, W505, W501) the Hydraulic Aerial Platform from Bolton Central Fire Station, and a station Commander.
  • NWAS (Manchester) Rapid response Vehicle and an Emergency Ambulance (Bury Ambulance Station)
  • NWAS HART: Z302, Z303, Z305 and Z307 vehicles.
  • Greater Manchester Police: Two Officers in two vehicles.
  • Bolton Mountain Rescue Team: Three Land Rover Mountain rescue ambulances stood down responding, one additional Land Rover about to depart for the incident, a total of 23x Team members stood down responding, including four members who received the stand down message upon arrival on scene.

Such large scale responses to incidents of this nature are common place nowadays due to “Pre Determined Responses” being initiated by all the emergency services to certain categories of incident, and illustrate the multi-agency working and approach to incidents taken within Greater Manchester.