What’s going on at Training & Safety Centre?
December was a busy time for us at the Training and Safety Centre; here we share with you some highlights.
At the start of the month, Mayor Andy Burnham visited us. Andy had been travelling around to the different stations in GMFRS for question and answer sessions surrounding the service wide review. It was an excellent chance for staff to share their views, opinions and ask any questions in an open forum.
Rumworth Special School joined us for our first Winter Wellbeing event on 14th December. The young people were lead around the centre, learning different ways to stay safe and well. They worked together to perform a safe and well visit in a home, finding lots of hazards and learning escape plans. Afterwards, we all headed to the café where we met a group of firefighters who answered many interesting questions, demonstrated the equipment and then joined us for mince pies and bingo.
Addiction Dependency Solutions then joined us on 18th December for a performance, cake and carols. The performance showed many issues that are prevalent in winter. Some of the main issues we focused on were homelessness, debt, loneliness and caring for people in the community. To show these we included scenes that showed a person who was homeless taken somewhere to get food and a bed. In addition, we looked through a window to a ‘perfect’ family scenario before going into the home and seeing the money troubles that hid behind the smiles. To end the day we gave the guests a chance to make a pledge this Christmas to either: offer advice to anyone in need, help the homeless, take care of themselves, or visit an elderly neighbour. A massive thank you to everyone who helped with these two winter events, including the different services who were there for anyone seeking advice around these issues.
Passing Out 2018
On 20th December, we celebrated the last Passing Out Parade of 2018 with our 55 recruits, following an intensive 13-week operational training course. The event celebrates the recruits’ achievements with a warm welcome to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS). The trainee firefighters showed off their skills, giving demonstrations on how we use the latest technology to save lives. A variety of scenarios took place on the training yard including extinguishing fires, rescue of a person and CPR. It was lovely to have you at the Training and Safety Centre; we hope you have a very happy and successful career at GMFRS. Congratulations to you all!
Recently, Bury Training and Safety Centre hosted an afternoon to remember for 13 year old Rhys Williams who suffers from a rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa.
After hearing about his love of the fire service, the staff devised a special visit for Rhys, his family and some of his friends.
After a quick ride out in one of our fire engines, Rhys attended a persons reported incident at Bury Training Centre, and got to see close up exactly what it is like to be a firefighter.
Rhys and his guests took a special private tour of our State of the art Safety Centre, followed by a game of bingo and a party (which were listed on Rhys’s bucket list!) A great afternoon was had by all, and we all really enjoyed meeting Rhys and his family.
This is your invitation to come and join us at the Bury Training and Safety Centre for an immersive, inclusive and interactive learning experience designed for all members of the community.
We provide educational experiences tailored to primary school pupils on fire safety, road safety, health and wellbeing. We can also deliver CPR instruction to pupils and discuss the science of fire and fire investigation. We also link in with SMSC requirements by supporting pupils to develop their confidence, self-esteem, show initiative and to take responsibility for their behavior as an active citizen.
Visits to the Centre are free of charge.
We welcome up to:
45 KS1 children from 10am-12.30pm.
60 KS2 children from 10am – 2.30pm.
Booking a visit is simple – KS2 bookings can be taken in a few steps on our website: safetycentre.manchesterfire.gov.uk
For KS1 visits please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback from schools has been fantastic so far, but don't just take our word for it!
"Very engaging, informative and the children have enjoyed it immensely. Thank you" Elton Primary School
"Fabulous morning, [the staff] really catered for our children's needs. Very engaging, enjoyable and informative" Millwood Primary Special School
"A wonderful informative day - the children have learnt a great deal and are equipped with ways of keeping themselves and their families safe" St Clare's RC Primary School
We hope that you will join us for the visit that could save your life.
The Safety Centre Team
What’s going on at Bury Training & Safety Centre?
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Bury Training & Safety Centre, here we share with you some highlights from welcoming an award winning dog to hosting training for new firefighter recruits! Watch this space for upcoming Treacle events.
The Safety Centre
The Centre opened in 2017, a purpose built facility which hosts one of the world’s most advanced firefighter training grounds and an interactive and immersive education Centre. Since opening we have welcomed over 10,000 visitors. School groups and community groups are invited to visit the site for free and step into the shoes of a firefighter! Visits are delivered by experienced staff with fire safety and education backgrounds and can be tailored to meet individual needs. Get in touch to find out more!
Four legged hero interviewed by Granada Reports
We were delighted to welcome Echo the rescue dog and his trainer Mike Dewar. Echo will be presented in October with a PDSA order of merit which is the equivalent to an OBE for a human. He lives at home with Mike were he spends his days retiring to the living room floor and teaching the young pups the tricks of the trade. A huge thank you to ITV for choosing to film here.
Burgoynes host fire investigation event
On Monday 17th of September, Burgoynes hosted a fire investigation event here. The firm of consulting scientists and engineers specialise in the investigation of fire, explosions and major incidents. The street area was transformed into a spacious presentation space, visitors were also able to take part in interactive workshops inside the full size house on site and operational crews showcased specialist service equipment. To close the day, guests were treated to ice creams!
We welcome enquiries from businesses regarding event hosting and corporate away days.
In the classroom, IST's were supported by members of the Training team and Community Instructors from the Safety Centre to work through the prevention and protection programme, preparing presentations for delivery in primary schools and undertaking mock Safe and Well visits.
The practical training includes set familiarisation, search patterns, hose management and branch techniques. As the knowledge and skills develop they are exposed to more realistic scenarios. They also received fire science input followed by a practical demonstration.
#thevisitthatcouldsavealife | #housepartyatno5
Tickets are FREE of charge and can be booked here!
Performance dates are as follows:
FOR SCHOOLS ONLY 31st October 2018 at 12pm and 2pm
FOR THE PUBLIC 2nd November 2018 for the public at 6pm
Bury Training and Safety Centre was honoured to host ITV Granada Reports as we celebrate the success of two of our fire dogs: Echo and Cracker.
The two fire dogs, who are no longer in service, are to be awarded the PDSA Order of Merit at a special ceremony in October.
The PDSA Order of Merit recognises animals that display outstanding loyalty or service.
Both dogs have given a decade of service to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service - and are being recognised for their incredible skill.
Cracker was a Fire Service Investigation Dog and was trained to detect 20 different types of accelerants. She has helped bring more than 200 years of custodial sentences to arsonists.
We are all extremely proud of Echo, Cracker and of course Mike Dewer - their trainer!
We are busy here at the Training and Safety Centre getting ready for our busiest time of the year... That's right Halloween!
At the moment we are planning our Trick or Treat surprise for the community of Greater Manchester.
Stay tuned for more information!!
For the eighth year, Greater Manchester’s blue light services came together to celebrate the collaborative working to help and care for members of the public.
The event took place on Thursday, August 2 2018 at intu Trafford Centre where Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and many more organisations across the region.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, opened the event by thanking ‘the real pride of Greater Manchester’ for the work they do support our community.
The summer holidays are fast approaching, with the heat comes the temptation to take a dip in open water.
In June 2017 the UK experienced a heatwave as we had five consecutive days in which the temperatures were 30+ degrees in some parts of the country with the Met Office reporting that June 21 was the hottest day in 41 years (since 1976).
Unfortunately, during this heatwave there were three casualties who got into difficulties in open water: Two on June 20, a 16yr old boy who was swimming in a reservoir in Rochdale and an elderly lady swimming in the sea in Sussex. The next day another boy aged 15 got into difficulties whilst swimming in a lake in West Midlands. The sad thing is that these are not isolated events and every year we have roughly 150 drownings in the UK.
At the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre pupils from Seymour Road Academy have been learning how to stay safe from fire and other dangers including drowning.
To learn more about how to stay Safe4summer and a chance to win an iPad visit:
When will you make ‘The Visit That Could Save Your Life?’
Nearly 1,500 children from primary schools across Greater Manchester have already visited the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre to learn how to stay safe from fires and other dangers. The new facility is already a big hit with schools whose pupils have visited and became ‘new recruits’ for the day to take on the role of a firefighter. The learning programme is being developed to make the experience appropriate for both younger and older children and other groups.
Year 6 teacher, Philippa Durkin from Sunny Bank Primary School, Bury said: “We visited the brand new facility yesterday and I was compelled to write an email upon our return.
The title of the half day course for our Year 6 children was "The visit that could save your life!" and I can honestly say it was the best educational trip I have ever taken children on.
The information and how it was conveyed was age-appropriate, all the children were completely engaged with each activity. The comparison rooms showing the difference pre and post fire definitely had the shock factor. Also the chip pan fire experiment showed the children how dangerous fire can be and how quickly it can spread.
When we got back to school, the children demonstrated a better awareness of the dangers that face our firefighters, reiterated by the tragic events in London earlier this week. The children were amazed at how diverse their duties can be and one of the children described that as inspirational- high praise indeed!
We will definitely be booking again for next year, hopefully for the full day. I cannot recommend it enough- superb!”
During Child Safety week pupils from St Michael's, Great Leaver and St Augustine's, Monsall learned how sharing and caring can help keep them safe from fires and other incidents when they became new recruits for the day.
They joined over 1400 other young people who have already made 'The Visit That Could Save Your Life'. to take the interactive and immersive journey, stepping in to the role of a firefighter, listening to 999 calls and learning how to spot hazards in their home.
The immersive theatre shows day in the life of a firefighter. Beware! Flashing lights, loud noise and realistic incidents.
Listening to 999 calls. It's important to know your address and postcode.
Sharing thoughts about safety