Ribbon-cutting event opens Training and Safety Centre
AN IMMERSIVE safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility was officially opened on Friday March 24.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Training and Safety Centre in Bury.
The centre offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.
Visitors can explore a car crash scene where expert guides offer road safety advice as well as a hazard-filled terraced house that has been destroyed by fire.
County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of GMFRS, Peter O’Reilly added: “This is a state-of-the-art community centre and training venue that will prove invaluable to Greater Manchester and to the North West as a region.
“We look forward to welcoming members of the public into this incredible centre to teach them about the safety fundamentals around incidents we respond to. Alongside this, our operational staff will be using the training area to refine their skills and explore a variety of scenarios with our emergency service partners to ensure GMFRS remains one of the most forward-thinking and respected fire services in the world.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by schoolchildren from St. Stephen's School, Bury, and local dignitaries including the Fire Authority, Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Bury.
Staff at the centre are currently running a series of organised visits with local schools and the facility will be open to the public in the summer of this year.
Bury and Ramsbottom Cubs and Scouts good deed at the new Training and Safety Centre
Scouts from Bury and Ramsbottom gave a helping hand during the school holidays to help test the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre facilities.
The life-size street and houses, carefully themed scenarios and immersive technology were put through their paces as the 17 ‘new recruits’ experienced life in the Control Room and took up the personas of real firefighters to be ‘mobilised’ to use their new skills to identify potential hazards in the home, investigate the cause of a fire and learn some vital first aid skills.
Scout Charlie Davies, 10, said “I really liked the Control Centre as we got to hear what 999 calls are like’, but Cub Hanna Jones, 9, said her favourite part was ‘watching the films’ which were shown in the immersive theatre which depicts ‘a day in the life of’ giving visitors an insight in to the work of GMFRS.
Scout Assistant district commissioner Leesa Beckwith said “We had a fantastic day and it’s been really educational for the Children’.
Testing at the centre will continue with the help of a number of volunteer primary schools from across Greater Manchester until April when live visits will commence.
Bookings are being taken for Key Stage 2 primary schools. Please help spread the word and encourage your child's school or contacts at primary schools to book and make ‘The Visit That Could Save Your Life’.
BOOK NOW to make 'The Visit That Could Save Your Life.
A house fire and anti-social behaviour rounded off filming for the immersive theatre experience which will be screened at the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre when it opens in 2017.
The high quality, 6K digital format film, fast-forwards through a ‘day in the life of a firefighter’ and will be shown on an expansive, floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall screen, drawing the viewer into the heart of the action and injecting an incredible level of realism for ‘new recruits’.
Blue Watches from Bury and Whitefield demonstrated their firefighting skills as they tackled a fire at a house in Prestwich.
Attack on firefighters
Young people from Hopwood Hall College, Army Cadets, GMFRS Volunteers and the children of John Bottomley, owner of RTK Grab Hire in Bury where the action was filmed tested ed Bury Blue Watch’s nerves and professionalism as they dealt with anti-social behaviour whilst putting out a fire on wasteland.
Hopwood Hall student, Ibrahima Didp, looks on as the Fire and Film Crews prepare the scene.
Red Watch Eccles Boat Crew demonstrated a water rescue which was filmed and will be shown in the immersive theatre at the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre as part of 'A day in the life of GMFRS'.
It's nearly September, but temperatures are still high and you may be tempted to cool off with a swim in a local river or lake or in the sea. Think again! Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.
On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.
In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people getting into difficulties because they lose movement.
The heart can also be affected as it works harder to pump blood throughout the body and because of the shock the body feels on entering the water. Hypothermia due to the temperatures is a real risk and many people have been known to hyperventilate, which can lead to unconsciousness.
Swim some where safe - the swimming baths.
Here are some great shots taken during filming.
GMFRS crew are briefed before filming.
Cracker saves himself, but where's the casualty? Boat Crew set off to search for him, closely followed by the film crew.
Both man and dog safe. Dogs often get themselves out of the water, their owners are not always so lucky. Stay out of the water.
Thanks to Red Watch Eccles, The Anderton Centre, their trainee power boat driver Matt, James for his support and Adam Palmer for the photographs.
The GMFRS Community Safety Training and Development team visited the new Training and Safety Centre to check out construction progress. The team are responsible for creating the visitor learning experience and activities throughout the centre.
The colourful entrance to the Safety Centre is beginning to look welcoming
Welcome to the first blog about the construction of our new operational training site and community safety centre in Bury. My name is Sean Booth and I am leading on the project. I will be blogging about the operational training part of the development. If you click hereyou can fly through and see what the finished site will look like.
We intend building a site where we can train all of our firefighters and officers to deal with all of the different types of incidents they may encounter including fires in houses, commercial and industrial buildings and in vehicles or on roadways, road traffic collisions, Metrolink, rail and aircraft incidents, collapsed buildings, water rescues, rescues from height and many other scenarios.
We bought the site in 2013 and have spent a year or so getting our plans together and gaining planning approval.
We started work in May 2015 and our first job is to clean-up the site – we expect this will take another 10 weeks before we’re ready for the construction to start.
As we are cleaning up the site we are finding lots of voids, pipes and water courses underground and we are making sure they are all removed, filled in, renovated or avoided and left in situ as required.
The next step will be to strip off the cladding on the existing large warehouse buildings ready for them to be renovated.
They will have new cladding, which will make them look much smarter than they do now and will also ensure they last 25 years before they need any replacement and they will also provide far better sound and heat insulation.