Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015 got off to a dramatic start here in the North West with a massive fire at a waste recycling plant in Salford. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Junction Eco-Park at 4.40pm on Sunday; the eco-park is home to at least two waste management and recycling organisations. At its height, 8 fire crews were battling the flames and some fire appliance were damaged by the intense heat. Residents in the area were asked to keep their windows and doors shut, and smoke from the fire also disrupted traffic on the M60 and M62 motorways. The fire raged well into the night, but by 8am on Monday morning the fire had been extinguished and only two crews remained in attendance. It appears that the fire service did a great job and I was particularly impressed by the following quote:
“We have worked closely with the police and local businesses during the night as we want to minimise the impact on the local community.”
As noted in a previous blog post, fires at recycling plants appear to be a significant and growing problem.
Hopefully the rest of BCAW 2015 will pass off quietly!