Incident 51/2016 – Moorland Fire Hoddlesden

Whilst still on the Wythenshaw search (see incident 50/2016) the team was contacted by Lancashire Constabulary requesting the team contact Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who needed assistance with logistics and safety cover for their fire crews who were dealing with moorland fires that had developed in the Hoddlesden area.

It was established that the fire front fell into the area of responsibility of neighbouring team Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team. Alistair Greenough, Team Leader of Bolton MRT liased with Pete Goble, Team Leader of RPMRT, passing the co-ordinating role with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Three Bolton team Land Rovers and control vehicle were deployed to the RVP following discussion with Rossendale control but fortunately the fire had been brought under control by the fire crews and our resources were no longer required. All resources returned to our base location with a number of personnel making themselves available the following day should the need arise.

A long, busy day for all in Bolton Mountain Rescue.

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This was a good example of not only inter team working but good inter agency working between Police, Fire, Salvation Army, United Utilities, Local Council and Mountain Rescue.