Training and Safety Centre

'The visit that could save your life'

The visit that could save your life



Bookings are now being taken for 2022/2023


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

Community Safety visits

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

You will visit our immersive theatre and spend time in the full scale house, learning how to keep you and your loved ones safe from fire.

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

Booking and availability

Bookings available from July 2021 (subject to government and internal guidelines)

Visits are available Monday to Friday from 14:30

FREE to groups in Greater Manchester, you just have to arrange your own transport. (we kindly ask that you car
share as much as possible).

Minimum visitors numbers 10 and a maximum of 40

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

To book or check availability:


Or call 0161 603 4620


GMFRS Education

We have developed more educational pages these can be found on the main Greater Manchester fire and rescue Service website or click the link below.

Education pages (Opens in a new window)

Fire Safety In the Home (Opens in a new window)




Picture of the Training and Safety Centre Building

Training and Safety Centre

 Image of the Training and Safety Centre Reception

Training and Safety Centre Reception

Image of the street inside the safety centre

"The Street" scene

 Image of the View from the viewing gallery

View from the viewing gallery

 Image of the survival academy

Survival Academy


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.



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


BL8 2GN (Sat Nav use BL8 2AL)



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 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.

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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.

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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.


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 ( for SatNav use BL8 2AL), but continue to the end of the road underneath the railway arches.

 Map showing location of safety centre

Contact Us

Firefighter training and a immersive and interactive learning environment for the community, schools, young adults and children. Filming location also available.