Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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George Shuttleworth has been working as an apprentice Firefighter throughout the pandemic. George is based at Offerton Community Fire Station in Stockport Greater Manchester on Green Watch. Throughout the pandemic George has continued with his training and attended incidents including road traffic collisions, fires as well as helping NWAS (North West Ambulance Service) dealing with a number of COVID positive patients.   

In addition to his main job role as an Operational Firefighter George also volunteered to undertake multiple shifts at the Nightingale hospital in Manchester. These were voluntary and the Emergency Response hub (crewing) had great difficulty finding sufficient firefighters to have the fire appliance based there. There was a great need for a crew to be based at the hospital as it had large quantities of oxygen on site and therefore had increased potential of fire.  

George volunteered for a number of shifts both day and night where no rest facilities were provided (unlike stations) in order to try and do his bit towards the pandemic. He was the only apprentice on station to have done so and went above and beyond in making sure the residents of Greater Manchester were safe.