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
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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.

 

School booking now being taken for 2019/2020.

 

 

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 school and community groups.

It will provide a curriculum enhancing, immersive and interactive learning environment that supports the work of schools and emergency services, and shows visitors how to protect themselves against fire, 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. 

Our 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, you will help to investigate a simulated road traffic collision, before going in to a house to spot potential risks and learn how to escape the fire.

When training is taking place, visitors may have the opportunity to observe the work GMFRS do at incidents, by watching live operational training from the viewing gallery during guided tours of the site. 

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See Group Bookings tab for session times and further information.

Not a KS1 or  KS2 School Group? Don't miss out, email us to tell us about your group and to be kept informed of our  events and educational programmes. The Safety Centre is available for FREE visits from anyone in the Greater Manchester community. We also meeting rooms available for hire. 

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, filming or simply utilise it for a social meeting point. Contact us for further information:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk

If you belong to a youth community group, please contact us to book/ discuss options.

LEARN LIFESAVING SKILLS, FEEL THE HEAT OF A FIRE AND GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO ONE OF THE BUSIEST FIRE SERVICES IN THE UK

Visits are available Monday to Friday from 14:30

The community safety visit will be delivered by one of our trained Community Instructors and will last approximately two hours. This program is aimed at community groups aged 20+ for 10 - 40 people. If your group includes vulnerable adults and or SEN’s we’ll need you to bring at least one supervising adult for each team.

During the visit you will:

Learn about the most common causes of fire in the home

Sport hazards in our life size house

learn how to reduce the risk of having a fire, and what to do if one breaks out

Learn about North West Fire Control and experience what a 999 call sounds like

Witness the impact of a car crash with our simulated collision

 

The best part is that it is FREE, you just have to arrange your own transport.

To book or check availability email safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk or call 0161 603 4620

 

We are now taking bookings for Key Stage 1 classes (6 - 8 year olds) for 2019/2020.

Please contact the centre for more information. We offer a half day visit for these ages.

Visits are available Monday to Friday

Morning visit:        10:00 - 12:00
Afternoon visit :    12:30 - 14:30

 

Information for Teachers

Facilitated Key Stage 1 (ages 6 – 8) school bookings are being taken for groups of up to 30 learners

Our adult to child ratio for 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.

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.

Sessions

Full and half day sessions are available Monday to Friday.

Morning half day             10am - 12.00pm

Afternoon half day          12.30pm - 2.30pm

Half day session outcomes:

Identify and reduce fire safety risks in the home

How to make an emergency 999 call

Know what to do if your clothes catch fire

Explore contributory factors of road traffic collisions

Key road safety messages

Discuss seasonal safety messages

To make a booking or to discuss your requirements please contact us

Email:  safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk Phone: 0161 603 4620 

 

We are now taking bookings for KS2 classes (8 to 11 year-olds) for 2019/2020.

Visits are available Monday to Friday   10:00 - 14:30

These are our standard school session times, if you have other requirements, please phone or email us.

Information for Teachers

Our KS2 visit is for up to 60 learners

Our adult to child ratio for 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. 

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. 

Visit 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

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

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How to find us

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, 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

 

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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. The gift shop is cash only.

Meeting  and learning area

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, filming 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 1 and Key Stage 2 School Groups

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 1 visits please contact the centre: safetycentre@manchesterfire.gov.uk 
For Key Stage 2 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

Phone: 0161 603 4620 

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

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Training and Safety Centre

 

Training and Safety Centre Reception

 

 

"The Street"

 

View from the viewing gallery

 

Survival Academy

 

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

Find Us

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

Walking:

The GMFRS Training and Safety Centre is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Bury Interchange. The most direct route is via a footpath from Bridge Road; once you pass the High School buildings on your left, take the left fork of the path down the hill to access the pedestrian bridge to the Centre (not the right fork up onto the viaduct).

Alternatively, you can stay walking on the main road – Jubilee Way/ Bolton Road, away from The Rock in Bury. When you walk past the Domino’s take the next left down Arthur Street and follow the road all the way down. You will pass the security lodge, carry walking down and take the next left to our main entrance. You can press the button to reception and someone will open the gate.

Plan your walking journey: https://tfgm.com/walking

Cycling:

There is plenty of cycle parking outside the main entrance. NCN6 passes over the viaduct outside the Centre; to access the Centre, take the fork of the path from the viaduct on the east side of the Irwell to access the pedestrian bridge over the river to the Centre.

Plan your cycle journey: https://tfgm.com/cycling/plan-a-journey

Public Transport:

Bury Interchange is accessible by Metrolink and bus.

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.

 

Driving:

There is a car park 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.

 

Keep me informed

Ask us a question, provide feedback or register to be kept informed. Our safety learning programme will be most suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 school groups, (ages 5 – 8 years and 8 – 11 years), but it will be quickly developed to offer something for people of all ages. Not a Key Stage 1 or 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.