Greater Manchester Fire Lead Way With WASP

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue have been presented with three double WASP Units.

They purchased six WASP units following a successful trial and will use them as part of their Technical Response and Heavy Rescue Units.

GMFRS Group Manager Dean Nankivell and Martin Foran collected the WASP units from WASP Rescue after a tour of the production unit with WASP co-founder Rory O’Rourke, CEO of The Datum Group.

The WASP, or Warning Alarm for Stability Protection, is the world’s first digital monitoring system created specifically to assist emergency service workers.

The WASP was launched at The Emergency Services Show last September to much acclaim and, just six months on, is already being used in America, Australia, Singapore, Tokyo, Germany, Finland and across the UK.

GMFRS have used the WASP multiple times during a trial period and have now confirmed the kit will form part of their official rescue equipment.


WASP co-founder Matt Keogh, said: “I’m delighted Greater Manchester Fire and confirmed the order after the success of the trial. Obviously, it is particularly pleasing for me given my long association with the brigade.

“I’ve been able to hear feedback from the men and women in the field using the WASP and it is clear this monitoring equipment is becoming part of our everyday kit.

“Manchester have used the WASP in a variety of scenarios from RTCs to the monitoring of buildings following fire, vehicle collisions, a gas explosion and many more.

“I’m delighted to know that  even though I’m no longer part of the every team following my retirement I can still play a small role in keeping my former colleagues safe.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services outside London with more than 2,100 members of staff and 41 fire stations. The Service covers an area of around 500 sq miles and culturally diverse population of more than 2.5 million people.

The WASP would be used by rescuers tackling collapsed structures, road traffic collisions, trench rescues, structural fires and a variety of other everyday scenarios.

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