On 12th December, The Training and Safety Centre hosted a Christmas Party for Heaton School (a Secondary Special School for young people with Severe learning difficulties, Profound and Multiple learning difficulties, Autism and Complex Medical Needs), and Jigsaw Link (who provide a befriending service for people over the age of 50). We began the morning with Christmas songs, mince pies and festive cheer.
We ran two tours around the Centre focusing on fire safety in the home, and teaching what you should do if your clothes catch on fire… STOP, DROP AND ROLL! Everyone loved the tours and learnt lots of information about how to keep themselves safe, especially in winter.
We then had an extremely special visitor.... It was, of course, Santa! Everyone was excited as he drove up to the Centre in a fire engine and walked in greeting us and delivering presents for everyone.
Santa joined us for some carols, led by two wonderful volunteers, Janice and Ian Lewis. Then Santa turned into our bingo caller, as we began playing party games including: bingo and pass the parcel. Everyone had a wonderful time socialising and enjoyed talking to us and taking part in something different.
Brydie Conboy, the class teacher from Heaton School said “thank you very much for having us to visit today, we had a lovely time all around and shared our day in assembly this afternoon!” The young people and Jigsaw’s service users all learnt so much about how to stay safe as well as integrating together to combat loneliness.
Finally, thank you to everyone who helped with the event for all of the input, support and help on the day. It was a huge success and we received amazing feedback from all of our guests. Thank you again, especially to our magnificent volunteers who were an enormous help during the event: Barbara Walton, Jhonnatan Castano, Daniel Kelly, Sue Abbott and Jack Chase.
The table shows our visits over August- September. The team have worked really hard to ensure we get lots of visitors to the Safety Centre, overall we have had over 2000 people join us. September is always a quieter month for us due to schools just going back, and the centre being booked out for the recruits for the first two weeks.
On the 1st August three of our Community Instructors David, Rebecca and Charlie, along with Safety Centre Manager Julie, held a stall at 999 day. We were able to provide lots of information to families and carers about the centre. It was an extremely busy day and we gave out fire safety freebies to the general public.
We spoke to childminders, school teachers, church groups and many more about the Safety Centre and what an amazing opportunity it is to come and visit us.
Scenario Week follows a comprehensive schedule that provides new recruits with the opportunity to consolidate learning by responding to realistic incidents in a controlled environment, undertake prevention and protection activities on actual buildings with real life issues, and gain a true perspective on what is expected of an apprentice firefighter and preparing them for station life.
The apprentice firefighters were split between two stations and four watches with each apprentice completing two early shifts and two late shifts, with the daily routine being as close to a typical shift as possible. They paraded at the start of shift, followed by Breathing Apparatus and appliance checks. During the week, they responded to incidents and completed community fire safety and risk reduction activities. Just like on a fire station, each shift was completed with cleaning and preparation for shift change over.
Written by Wendy Richings Project Support Officer
For our Summer event this year we decided to plan an open day for the general public. Considering it rained heavily, we had a great turn out of around 400 people. Our Community Instructors ran tours of the Safety Centre throughout the event looking at the control room, mobilisation area, theatre and our house full of hazards!
A ‘chill out area’ was made up full of magazines, children’s games, colouring activities, yoga poses and meditation books. This space created an area for the public to relax and enjoy some quiet time either with their families or alone.
There were rides and entertainment for children including a bouncy castle, fairground rides and the children’s fire engine. They all took place outside the centre either in the carpark or in our Road Traffic Collision area.
The Firefighters Charity raised £290.17 with all the proceeds from the cake sales going towards them, including a contribution from anyone who had profited from the day.
An amazing day was had by all and The Training and Safety Centre would like to thank everybody who attended, both partners and guests. A big thank you to all the staff for all the hard work which went into the day, and all our wonderful volunteers for your support.
Wigan YP engagement event
This year we joined Wigan’s safeguarding children’s board for their annual young person engagement event. The event was a great success and we were able to network with numerous high schools in Wigan such as Fred Longworth High School, Atherton Community School and Golbourne High school. We were able to take the driving sim with us, which went down well despite the weather, and we had many of the students practising their driving skills under a variety of simulated distracted situations.
The students and staff took great interest in the Safety centre and we were able to promote our KS3/4 programme to them. Special thanks to Community Instructors Collin Moran and Rebecca Sutherland, Trainer Neil Eppleston and Volunteer Sue Abbott for your support on the day.
McMillan coffee morning
On the 27th September we held a McMillan coffee morning from 10am-1pm. Many cakes were bought, donated and made for the event from both staff and the GM community. A special thank you to Tesco who donated 9 trays of cupcakes! Our cake judges were Chaplin Beryl Proctor, Group Manager Val Hussain and Watch Manager Dave Berry - with great deliberation their chosen winner was Community Instructor Luke Rees with his beautiful rainbow pride cake!
The event began with the cake competition followed by one of our Community Instructors, Charlie Restall, shaving off all her hair for charity! We raised a whopping £714.82 for McMillan cancer support and Charlies hair is being donated to the Little Princess Trust charity. A massive well done to Charlie from all of the team at Bury Safety and Training Centre.
To conclude the event, we had a raffle. A variety of prizes were won such as Wilkinson’s vouchers, two Vue Cinema tickets and £40 in ‘love 2 shop’ vouchers. Thank you to the stores for their donations.
GMFRS leads the way in high-rise evacuation procedures
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) recently held a large scale exercise at its training facility in Bury to test its emergency evacuation procedures in response to a major incident in a high-rise building.
Exercise Hertz 2, which took place on 30 August, is the second of four exercises planned for 2019/20, and utilised the lessons learnt from the first exercise in June to further develop and practice High-rise Immediate Residents Evacuation (HIRE) procedures.
The exercise involved 19 appliances from GMFRS, 15 specialist officers and colleagues from North West Fire Control (NWFC). Appliances were deployed from Bury Community Fire Station to Bury Training and Safety Centre where they were faced with a well-developed, multi-seated fire in GMFRS’ high-rise training facility.
Volunteers helped to enhance the scenario by acting as casualties, ensuring that the scenario was as close as possible to a real-world fire incident. (Written by Station Manager Jim Bridge)
Written by BTSC Community Instructor Rebecca Sutherland
We saw the launch of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s annual campaign urging people to be safe on and around Bonfire Night.
Fireworks legally go on sale in the UK on October 15 and over the next few weeks emergency services across Greater Manchester will be extremely busy as people head out to enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.
In recent years, firefighters have faced anti-social behaviour during this period, including deliberate fires, hoax calls and they have even come under attack. The Service is asking people to think carefully about their actions as this sort of behaviour can have major consequences.
We urge you all to attend an organised event, never play with fireworks and to make sure you check all Halloween costumes are CE marked to ensure they meet the required safety standards.
To mark the launch of the campaign, 60 pupils visited our state-of-the-art Training and Safety Centre on Tuesday October 15th.
A range of teams across the organisation work together every year to continue promoting the successful campaign, ensuring that key prevention messages are being received by members of the public in Greater Manchester and to host events.
The year 5 students from St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School in Bolton, took part in a visit that could save a life here at the Safety Centre, to find out more about fire safety.
The launch was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes, Chief Fire Officer Jim Wallace, Superintendent Christopher Bridge and Advanced Paramedic Duncan Mayoh.
Find you nearest organised display by visiting our website.
For further information and safety advice, please visit the Safe4Autumn website.
On Friday the 27th September Community Instructor Charlie Restall ‘braved the shave’ at a Macmillan coffee morning at Bury Training and Safety Centre.
Colleagues joined Charlie to show her support and to raise important funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Charlie and the coffee morning has raised over £700 so far, but don’t worry you can still donate to the brave the shave fund, if you haven’t already via this link: https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/charlotte-restall.
Well done Charlie!
What a turn out there was for this year's Bury Training and Safety Centre open day!
Around 400 people visited the centre and were joined by colleagues and partners including Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, the Fire Service Museum and many more.
Our Community Instructors ran tours of the Safety Centre throughout the event looking at the control room, mobilisation area, theatre and a house full of hazards!
A ‘chill out area’ was made up full of magazines, children’s games, colouring activities, yoga poses and meditation books. This space created an area for the public to relax and enjoy some quiet time, either with their families, or alone.
There were rides and entertainment for children including a bouncy castle, fairground rides and the children’s fire engine in which people were driven around in. They all took place outside the centre either in the car park or inside one of our warehouse areas.
The Fire Fighters Charity raised a fantastic £290.17 with all the proceeds from the cake sales going towards them, and a contribution from anyone who had profited from the day.
An amazing day was had by all and the Training and Safety Centre would like to thank everybody who attended, both partners and guests. A big thank you to all the staff for all the hard work which went into the day, and all our wonderful volunteers for their support.
For the 9th year running, intu Trafford Centre and GMCA hosted a 999 Emergency Services Day on 1st August 2019.
This family event saw an array of emergency service vehicles, as well as military, charity and environmental displays. The Greater Manchester Police Band performed on the Orient Main Stage, and visitors were treated to fire and rescue simulations, CSI activities, CPR demos and much more. Below you can see some of the difference fire and rescue service appliances that were in attendance on the day. From left to right we have: the water rescue unit from Eccles fire station, the Manchester airport fire engine (designed for aircraft rescue) and the turn table ladder (which can reach 42m high!)
Below you can see an RTC demonstration. The firefighters used tools to cut off the roof of the car so they can help the ‘casualty’.
The event was highly attended by families and the community. Thank you to everyone involved and who came to show their support of the services!
As always it’s been a really busy time down at the Bury Safety and Training Centre.
We are getting really busy with visits and training here at the centre. Throughout June we had over 900 visitors to the site! The team work really hard for these figures and it’s great to see our messages spreading throughout the Greater Manchester community.
On 28th June 2019, Operational Crews from across the county took part in a large training exercise at Bury Training and Safety Centre. The scenario was devised by Watch Manager Jason Westwell to test recent changes to procedures following the implementation of National Operational Guidance in Breathing Apparatus (NOGBA). Specifically, directional search patterns, BA Sector Command, welfare arrangements and BA emergency procedures were tested during a simulated terraced property fire. To promote realism, the sites Fire Ground Assistants boarded up access points, used an array of props to simulate a high risk environment, and provided role play. The scenario involved a row of terraced properties on fire, with multiple casualties trapped and the fire spreading through the roof voids. A BA emergency due to a collapsed ceiling was simulated midway through the exercise.
Immigration Compliance and Enforcement are responsible for conducting enforcement visits to both residential and commercial premises within the Greater Manchester Area. The fire Safety and Training Centre allowed us to conduct mock visit scenarios covering a range of skills such as deployment, communications, situational awareness, personal safety, legislation and document detection. The real life environment helped to focus officers and help to build on our skills as a cohesive team for application of our skills in live environments. It allowed those who are yet to use certain skills do so in a safe environment with the use of role players and as much realism as we could build.
– Sarah Quayle Chief Immigration Officer
This year our community instructors David Britton and Rebecca Sutherland along with Safety Centre Manager Julie Dickinson attended collabor8 at Bury College. We were also accompanied by CSA Lauren Roberts, Ros Hopkins a Community Safety Team Leader & Designated Safeguarding Officer, Yasmin Bukhari the Bridging Cultures Co-ordinator and volunteers- Keith Dunkerley, Mary Walsh and Daniel Kelly. The event was a great success and we were able to network with lots of partners in the community.
Throughout the next few months we are working with the NHS to provide a room for them to hold blood donation sessions. The first session on the 4th July went down really well and they had a lot of donors coming through the door! A few GMFRS staff at the centre also donated, and took the time to chat to the NHS staff regarding how the hire of the venue will allow them to collect essential blood that will help to save and improve the lives of people all over the country.
Bury Safety and Training Centre are keeping busy!
Since the last update, the centre has held a number of events and have plans to continue to hold more over summer.
Here are some of the highlights over April and May.
On 12th and 26th April 2019 we hosted Safe4Spring cycling events at the Training and Safety Centre in Bury.
We invited young people to the Safety Centre to learn about road and water safety, before taking a bike ride and walk to Elton Reservoir to put their new knowledge into practice
We were also joined by Beckie Ramsay who talked to us about her experiences and the importance of staying safe around open water. Beckie's son, Dylan, died from cold water shock while swimming in a quarry. She told everyone the moving story, and how dangerous open water (lakes, reservoirs, canals etc.) can be. Beckie travels around the country and delivers talks all about her experience and ways to stay safe through the #doingitfordylan campaign.
On the 12th April we were joined by Bury Clarions who learnt lots about water, road and fire safety. At the start and end of the visit they took a quiz and you can see they started with an overall score of 22%, but left with a massive 89%. That's a 67% improvement from our input. Well done!
On Friday 26th April we did the same Safe4Spring event with St Stephen's year 6 class. They all had a brilliant time around the Safety Centre and learnt lots. You can see they left with a huge improvement on the quiz, going from 51% to 94%. That's a 43% improvement. Well done!
On both days the young people learnt lots about how to stay safe this spring time! Thank you to everyone involved who helped, it was a huge success!
"The children had a great time and learnt a lot" Simon Diggins - Bury Clarions
The community Instructors have begun retention visits out to primary schools. This consists of visiting primary schools 6 months after their visit to The Safety Centre.
The aim is to take the same quiz with the group that they took part in on their visit and ensure they have retained the knowledge. If there are any concerns around any of the questions the Community Instructors will then be able to provide games and worksheets to do with the children to help them. We’ve been back to a few schools and found that on average there is a 90% retention rate 6 months after the visit!
We have big plans for our fire fighter memorial garden at the front the building. Work will commence soon to provide plants and lots of colour to brighten the area in respect of the fallen firefighters in the brigade.
Some of our team represented GMFRS at the Bury Pride event on 13th April.
It was an amazing event for all involved and a great turnout from everyone.
We felt it was extremely important for some of the team from the Safety Centre to be there as we work in Bury and want to support the local community. The team made a great effort with dressing up and adding lots of colour to the event. We were fortunate to have the parade pump with us which we played our best LGBT+ anthems to get the crowd going!
As part of our change to an ‘evidence based’ approach to firefighting and breathing apparatus (i.e. based on scientific findings and not theoretical fires), coupled with the evolution of our firefighting tactics, we have introduced a one-day in-house course that allows operational crews to learn and then implement new, more appropriate breathing apparatus and firefighting techniques.
The above demonstration took place on one of these days at our training facility at Bury and it was to show how we can use the smoke curtain to remotely control a fire by the use of anti-ventilation or more accurately ‘controlled ventilation’. By partially limiting ventilation flowing to the fire compartment, by use of the curtain, we can suppress growth and even induce a reduction in the severity of fire compartment conditions. – Neil Eppleston (Corporate Trainer).
On Saturday 8th June 2019 the Training and Safety Centre hosted a regional Road Traffic Collision (RTC) competition where 6 RTC teams from GMFRS, Durham and Darlington FRS, Lincolnshire FR, Derbyshire FRS and two from South Wales FRS were given extrication challenges. This is the first regional UKRO event put on in over a decade.
The external judges, from United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO), set up these challenges. They set up different scenarios for each team along the training ground, where we had two pit areas. Scenarios were set to test each team’s ability to effectively plan and rescue a casualty from a RTC within 20 minutes. Teams were held in an isolation area so that the competing team had no clue as to what incident and hazards they had to deal with, as they would do in a real life emergency.
(Treating their casualty)
(GMFRS recruits clearing away)
Two teams conducted an extra complex scenario, which consisted of two casualties with a 30 minute time limit. This was not part of the scored competition but gave competing teams a change to witness the standard required for the national competition, which is taking place in September at Derbyshire’s Training and Development Centre.
We had various volunteers on the day to assist in the event including the admin team from Manchester Borough, SM Moreton from Ops support, fire ground assistants from Bury TSC, corporate trainers, FDS officers from Group 2 and 19 recruits to help to clean the pit areas ready for the next team. Lastly, thank you Tom Weate (Watch Manager at Manchester Central) for the overall organisation of the event, it was a great opportunity to host and profile our training site to the competitors.
Results for the day were as follows:
County Durham and Darlington FRS: Top Incident Commander
Derbyshire FRS – Top medic and Top Technical team
Derbyshire FRS: Overall winners
GMFRS: Overall 3rd place.
(Derbyshire FRS overall winners)
At the Safety Centre, we have been busy receiving lots of different community groups and teaching them about fire, home and road safety. We have started to revisit school a few months after their visits to see how much from the visit they can remember and we have some excellent news to share with you all!
On 16th May, we revisited year 3 at Moorfield Primary School and tested their memory from their visit with us on 3rd December 2018. 5 months after their original visit, they still remembered 82% of their fire safety knowledge, which is fantastic!
We also visited Birtenshaw on 21st May after their visit to us on 3rd October 2018. We are happy to announce that the students retained 81% of the information from their visit.
We have also visited the 6 classes at Lark Hill Primary on 23rd May after their visit on 7th December 2018. We are so pleased to share they have retained 90% of their knowledge about safety from their visit with us! Which shows what an amazing and memorable experience they must have had!
Well done to all the schools we have visited so far, you have all been brilliant and we can see you are putting our advice into practise. Thank you so much for your visits, we hope to see you back again next year!
Students from Elm Tree came to visit us on 9th May and had a fantastic time learning lots about fire safety! They started the day with 73% knowledge or fire safety quiz and left with 97%! That's a huge 24% improvement. Well done!
Year 5 from St Teresa's RCP came to learn about fire safety on 10th May. They worked really hard on their visit, going from 77% knowledge to 86%
On 13th May Withington Girls' School joined us and made a huge improvement in their knowledge of fire safety. At the start of the day only 60% of the students knew to check their smoke alarms once a week, however by the end everyone that visited knew when and how to test them! Altogether they went from 77% knowledge to an impressive 100%
Heywood scouts came to visit us on 31st May to learn lots more about fire safety in order to achieve their fire safety badges. They all listened and worked together and managed to get their knowledge up by 22%, going from: 68% to 90%. This was an incredible achievement and you can see that the students worked really hard during the visit!
Back in November, year 5 from Heap Bridge Primary visited us at the Safety Centre. The children took part in many activities which included learning about the fire service, how to stay safe around fires and how to prevent them.
The tasks they took part in included:
We then revisited the school on the 1st May (6 months later) to see what information they could remember from their visit. We are so pleased to share they have still retained 91% of their knowledge about safety from their visit with us! Which shows what an amazing and memorable experience they must have had! Thank you so much for your visit Heap Bridge, and we hope to see you back again next year!
"What an excellent, informative and enjoyable day out! Thank you to all at Greater Manchester Fire and Safety Centre." - Heap Bridge Primary