Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say they have received 120 emergency calls in just two hours as heavy rain has caused flooding in the region.
They have warned people to only dial 999 in an emergency as there is a "high volume" of weather-related calls.
A spokesman said: "Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) control operators are receiving a high volume of weather-related calls this evening (Monday) and we ask that people only dial 999 in an emergency.
"In a two hour period (4pm to 6pm) 120 emergency calls were made by people - mostly reporting flooding and weather-related issues."
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Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.
However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.
The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.
By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.
The Fire Brigades Union has confirmed that strikes will take place between:
- 7pm and midnight on Tuesday 24th December
- 6.30pm on Tuesday 31st December and 12.30am on Wednesday 1st January
- 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday 3rd January
Firefighters in England and Wales will stage fresh strikes on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and January 3 in their long-running row with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union announced today.
A planned five-hour strike tomorrow by firefighters in England and Wales has been called off after progress in talks over pensions, said the Fire Brigades Union.
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The fire and rescue service in England needs to be "transformed" to become more efficient, according to an independent report commissioned by the Government.
Sir Ken Knight, the former chief fire and rescue adviser behind the review, believes that a 40 per cent drop in incidents over the last decade means the service needs to adapt.
But the Fire Brigades Union said his recommendations are a cover for more cuts.
Tom Savvides reports: