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Dryer film firefighters suspended
Andy Bruce in tumble dryer, picture courtesy of the Manchester Evening News
Footage showed the fireman spinning in a tumble dryer
Four firefighters involved in a prank in which one of them was spun in a tumble dryer, have been suspended.

Andy Bruce, 33, was filmed climbing into the machine at Blackley fire station in Manchester before it was switched on.

The footage of Mr Bruce was then published on the internet.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said that four firefighters were suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

Senior officers had condemned the incident as foolish and dangerous.

Complying with investigation

Assistant County Fire Officer Steven Beckley had said he was "horrified".

Mr Bruce, who lives in Radcliffe, Bury, apologised for the prank, saying he was "fully complying with an internal investigation".

In the video, Mr Bruce, who has been a firefighter for four years, climbs in the machine which is then switched on.

He is turned over inside it several times as colleagues laugh in the background.

Deputy County Fire Officer Tony Proctor said: "Following interviews with the four firefighters involved, due to the seriousness of the incident, the decision has been taken to suspend the firefighters pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing."

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