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 £600 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
Bury Training and Safety Centre Recent Events
It’s been a really busy time down at the Bury Safety and Training Centre.
Since the start of 2019, the centre has held a number of events and have plans to continue to hold more over the coming months, with the aim to encourage involvement within and around the centre.
Here are some of the highlights since January.
Time to Talk - Mental Health Day
Bury Training and Safety centre held a ‘Time to Talk’ mental health day, February 7.
The aim of the day was to make colleagues increasingly aware of mental health and how it can effect work.
The day was led by the Centres ‘Blue Light Champion’ - an employee dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and breaking down stigmas surrounded by mental health in the workplace. There was the opportunity to chat, have a cup of tea and some cake, and most importantly create an environment where everyone felt comfortable.
It was also a really great way to integrate new team members into the force and encourage inclusion.
Time to Talk was a simple and easy way to remind everyone the importance of conversation and creating a comfortable environment for people to express their worries.
Inter Service Transfers
Over January and February the Training and Safety Centre held a number of inter service transfers sessions.
Firefighters from different brigades attended a four week course on the outdoor training facility to further their knowledge and become part of the Manchester brigade.
New recruits had the opportunity to be involved in an exciting training session.
This session was set up to replicate a house fire involving two terrace houses.
The scenario was a ‘persons reported’ and ‘confirmed fire’ situation which involved various stages; including: initial entry, withdrawing with a casualty and re-entering to continue and a final withdrawal.
This session was a really great way for the new recruits to practice their skills for a real life scenario.
The centre held a Careers event, March 22, inviting both College and High School students to attend the centre to find out more about a possible career in public service.
There was a great turn out of staff across the public sector including:
There were a number of different activities happening outside the centre; Mike Dewar attended with the dogs, the Army brought their climbing wall, and there were two pumps – the parade pump and a pump from Bury Community Fire Station.
The day was a success with great feedback back students and tutors with another event to be planned later in the year.
The next event will be the Spring Event which will take place on 26th April.
This event aims to educate primary school children on water and road safety.
When groups visit the Safety Centre we teach lots of information about home and fire safety. They way to test to check how much people have learnt is by taking a quiz before and after the visit. We have seen some amazing results from the different groups that have come to visit us, and would like to share these with you!
Harpurhey Alternative Provisions School students came on 28th March 2019 and showed that they learnt loads from the visit. There is a significant improvement in their knowledge afterwards. In particular, you can see that before the visit, only 20% of the students knew to test your smoke alarms once a week. However after the visit, 100% of them knew how often to test their alarms! This is an improvement of 80%, which is amazing!
The public services students from Trafford College visited on 1st April 2019 to learn more about the types of emergencies we attend, job roles within the organisation, fire and home safety and ways of getting involved with the fire service. The students demonstrated excellent teamwork and listening, proved with their excellent quiz results. Well done!
On 3rd April 2019 students from year 3 – 6 from Al Huda Primary School came to visit. They started the day with a good basic knowledge on fire safety, scoring 71%. Then by the end of the visit the students left with 95% on the quiz, meaning there was an improvement of 25%. This was an incredible achievement and you can see that the students worked really hard during the visit!
At the Safety Centre we teach people in the community all about how to keep themselves and others safe from fire and other dangers they may face. When people come for a visit they are tested on their fire safety knowledge before and after, so that we can see how helpful the Safety Centre has been.
We have been hard at work to make sure that everyone who comes to visit are learning lots in a fun and engaging way and we want to share some of the fantastic results we have had recently!
A massive congratulations to St Ambrose Barlow on their visit. As you can see everyone left the Centre with 100% knowledge on fire safety!