The visit that could save your life

Put yourself into the shoes of a firefighter, experience the real fire and rescue service and learn to save lives
Bookings Now Available for April 2017 onwards

Learn lifesaving skills, feel the heat of a fire and gain an insight into one of the busiest fire services in the UK

Located in Bury, Greater Manchester, at the largest Fire-Fighter training facility in the UK, is a purpose built Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre. Designed to inform visitors of all ages about how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers.
'The visit that could save your life' will introduce you to the work of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and allow you to experience our impressive immersive theatre, which will provoke your senses with the smell of smoke, the heat of fire and the sound of sirens to put you at the heart of the action.’

 

The visit that could save your life

The new Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre, located in Bury, not only serves to deliver realistic training to our firefighters, it offers a FREE interactive learning opportunity to all schools and communities.

It will provide a curriculum enhancing, immersive and interactive learning environment that supports the work of schools and emergency services, but also shows visitors how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers and what to do in an emergency.

'The visit that could save your life' will introduce you to the work of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and allow you to  experience our impressive immersive theatre, which will provoke your senses with the smell of smoke, the heat of a fire and the sound of the sirens to put you at the heart of the action.

In our Emergency Control Room you can listen to 999 calls.

O
ur Survival Academy enables everyone to learn how to respond to an unresponsive, breathing casualty and put them in the recovery position before dialling 999.

In the street your help will be enlisted to investigate a simulated road traffic collision scene, before going in to the full size firehouse to spot potential risks and test if you will be able to escape the fire?

When training is taking place, visitors will also be able to gain an insight in to the work GMFRS do at incidents, as they watch live operational training from the viewing gallery and during guided tours of the site. 

BOOK NOW!

See Group Bookings tab for session times and further information.

Not a KS2 School Group?  Don't miss out, register here to tell us about your group and to be kept informed as our educational and events programme develops. 

Meet, learn, share

The facilities and flexibility that the Safety Centre offers means that there are endless opportunities in how the site can be used to engage with the community, deliver experiential learning courses or simply utilise it for a social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

 

BOOK NOW

We're now taking bookings for KS2 School Groups (7 to 11 year-olds) to visit the Safety Centre from April 2017.

Monday to Friday

Morning visit       10.00 - 12.00
Afternoon visit    12.30 - 14.30
Full day                 10.00 - 14.30

We're flexible.

These are our standard school session times, but if you have other requirements, please contact us to discuss what we can do for you:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

Meet, learn, share

The facilities and flexibility that the Safety Centre offers means that there are endless opportunities in how the site can be used to engage with the community, deliver experiential learning courses or simply utilise it for social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

Schools/teachers

Facilitated Key Stage 2 (ages 7 – 11) school bookings are now being taken for groups of up to 60 learners for April 2017 onwards.

Get your pupils leaning outside the classroom, working together, investigating and exploring, in GMFRS’ training and safety centre. 

The visitor journey will take your learners through the eyes of a firefighter, taking on the role of GMFRS recruits the participants will experience a 999 control centre, respond to a road traffic collision, carry out a safe and well check, learn about the recovery position for an unresponsive casualty, investigate fires and many more exciting activities!

 

Our teacher and learner resources are designed to reinforce key safety messages whilst working towards National Curriculum outcomes. The visit and resources are designed to encourage learner’s current and future moral, cultural, mental and physical development. At GMFRS we aim to prepare all learners for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, promoting the development of knowledge, understanding and skills they need to be educated citizens.’

We're working on education resources to enhance school group visits and support class room activities.

If you have any suggestions or special requirements please email us. safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

Group information

Group size of 10 – 60 learners.

Our adult to child ratio for KS2 group visits are 1:10, groups are asked to make sure that there are enough accompanying adults on the day, you can bring more adults to meet your own school's requirements.

All group visits must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance

Cancellations must be made a minimum of one week in advance.

Sessions

Full and half day sessions are available Monday to Friday term time.*

Morning half day             10am - 12.00pm

Afternoon half day          12.30pm - 2.30pm

Full day                              10am – 2.30pm

Half-day session outcomes: 

·         Identify and reduce fire safety risks in the home

·         Plan and implement an escape route

·         Learn how to put an unresponsive, breathing casualty into the recovery position.

·         How to make an emergency 999 call

·         Know what to do if your clothes catch fire

 

Full day session outcomes: 

·         All elements from the half-day session

·         Learn about hoax calls, attacks on firefighters and the consequences

·         Explore contributory factors of road traffic collisions

·         Discuss seasonal safety messages

·         Introduction to basic fire science

 

Our learning journey is designed to be accessible to all learners. Most of our activities can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs a group may have. Please contact us before booking to discuss your requirements. Email:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

*We will try our best to be flexible with session times, so please enquire for availability for earlier or later start times. Email: safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk for further information.

Meet, learn, share

Not a KS2 School Group? Don't miss out, help develop our programme! Register your interest and help us to develop programmes that meet your needs and keep up to date on new educational visit programmes, special events and activities. 

The facilities and flexibility that the Safety Centre offers means that there are endless opportunities in how the site can be used to engage with the community, deliver experiential learning courses or simply utilise it for social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

 

Facilities and accessibility information

  • Parking is available at the site for cars and coaches and designated disabled parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Portable hearing loops
  • There are drop kerbs in Fire Street and there is a lift in the ‘fire house’
  • Secure lockers for personal belongings
  • We can arrange a quiet room for prayers if visitors let us know in advance
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and we can provide water bowls if they are thirsty

Bring your packed lunch
There is seating inside and outside at the Safety Centre, so visitors can bring a packed lunch. We are also working on being able to offer food and beverages in the future from our café. In the mean time we have some vending machines.
If you are part of a large group, let us know so we can reserve some seats for you.

Gift shop
Whether it is pocket money for fire helmets and safety stickers, or super scale fire engines, our shop has something for everyone to take away as a memento of their visit.

Meeting  and learning areaThe facilities and flexibility that the Safety Centre offers means that there are endless opportunities in how the site can be used to engage with the community, deliver experiential learning courses or simply utilise it for social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk 

 

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Who's it for?
Bookings now being taken for Key Stage 2 School Group Visits for April 2017 onwards

The facilities and flexibility that the Safety Centre offers means that there are endless opportunities in how the site can be used to engage with the community, deliver experiential learning courses or simply utilise it for a social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

How to book
For Key Stage 2 School Group Visits Book Now!
To enquire about using the site for other groups contact us safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk 

How much does it cost?
School visits are free!
Contact us to discuss using the site for other groups.

What to wear
Some of the activities may involve some physical activities, so please wear appropriate clothing and foot wear. Trousers and flat shoes recommended.
There may also be the opportunity to go outside and watch some of our operational training so visitors are asked to make sure that everyone brings suitable footwear and a coat in case of bad weather.

Be aware
To enhance the visitor experience, the GMFRS Training and Safety Centre uses flashing lights along with heat and scent cannons which may affect some people. Please be aware that the simulated fire scenes and 999 calls are based on real events and may be upsetting for some visitors. Due to the purpose of the site, there may be props in public areas, please take care where you walk.

 

 



Email:
safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

Contact Centre: 0161 603 4620 

Post: GMFRS Training and Safety Centre, Hinds Lane, Bury, BL8 2GN

A FREE interactive learning opportunity

The centre not only offers a curriculum enhancing, immersive and interactive learning environment that supports the work of schools and emergency services, but also shows visitors how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers and what to do in an emergency.

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE, WITH REAL LIFE SCENARIOS

JOIN OUR CREW, VOLUNTEER NOW!

Volunteers will be essential in the smooth running of the Safety Centre, interacting with members of the public to share safety messages to help make Greater Manchester a safer place to live, work and visit. As a dedicated member of a team of Volunteers, you will be specially trained to assist at the Training and Safety Centre. From greeting visitors, supporting scenarios, assisting with guided tours, providing information to the public for the operation of immersive technology, including smoke and heat cannons and interactive tablets, there is a role for everyone. Volunteer Now! Learn new skills, meet new people, keep active and help support your community.


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Find Us

GMFRS Training and Safety Centre, Hinds Lane, Bury, BL8 2GN  (SAT NAV BL8 2AL)

The GMFRS Training and Safety Centre is accessible both by road and public transport. There is a car parking and space for three coaches.

By road from the M66 Leave the M66 at Junction 2, follow the signs to the centre of Bury, then A58, Bolton Rd, towards Bolton, turn left in to Arthur Street at the lights, continue to Wellington Street, turn right and continue under the Railway Bridge double back under the next arch to access the car park. Postcode BL8 2GN. (Sat Nav use BL8 2AL), but continue to the end of the road underneath the railway arches).

Buses from Bury Interchange The numbers 91, 98 and 471 from Bury Interchange will take you to Bolton Road. Get off outside Millercare, walk a few paces up to Arthur Street which leads to Wellington Street, turn right on Wellington Street and keep walking until you go under the old railway bridge and double back under the next arch to gain access to the site.

On foot The GMFRS Training and Safety Centre is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Bury Interchange.

Keep me informed

Ask us a question, provide feedback or register to be kept informed. Initially, our safety learning programme will be most suitable for Key Stage 2 school groups, (ages 7 – 11), but it will be quickly developed to offer something for young people and public of all ages. Not a Key Stage 2 Group? Click 'Register to be kept informed' below for information about new educational visit programmes for other age groups and special events and activities.