Andy Barker
Andy Barker
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I joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on Monday 7th January 1985 age 23 attending London Road Training School, Manchester. Served at Blackley, Farnworth and Bolton North fire stations. In 2007 I transferred to the Training Centre and completed my teacher training and assessor qualifications, including trauma trainer and rope rescue instructor. Became the Brigade Subject Matter Advisor for Safe Work at Height and Rope Rescue. Since retirement in 2015 I have my own consultancy business in ‘safe work at height and training’, and also work with Crofton Engineering Ltd as a consultant on their training structures.

The Evolution of Fire Service Rope Rescue

This feature aims to provide an insight into the evolution of rope rescue and safe working at height in Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) from the 1980’s up to 2015 when I retired after 30 years’ service. “Keep…


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