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!
The team at Bury Training and Safety Centre have been busy over the past month developing lots of new and exciting things for everyone to come and enjoy!
We have created new educational programmes for KS1 and KS3/4 students. We have lots of interesting activities incorporated into the visit, as they are tailored for each age group.
In the KS1 visit it has a heavy focus on ways to keep yourself safe by teaching: road safety, making 999 calls and how to keep yourself safe from fire.
The KS3/4 programme offers the chance for youth led work around the safety centre where the young people have the opportunity to investigate a road traffic collision, debate the consequences to acts of arson and discuss home fire safety.
We are open for bookings from anyone in the community, so feel free to get in touch to make a booking or find out what we can do for you!
Phone: 0161 603 4620
It's been a busy start to the year at the Safety Centre with lots of visits happening from all different age groups.
On 28th March and 1st February we welcomed 60 Public Services students from Wigan and Leigh College. They learnt all about fire safety in the home, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, escape plans, the five main causes of fire and basic life support including the recovery position and high performance CPR.
We spent the afternoon working on teamwork skills and fitness by hose running in teams. It was excellent seeing everyone working hard in their teams, encouraging and helping each other.
We've not had all of our feedback yet, however Gareth Hayes, Public Services Teacher from Wigan and Leigh College, has said: “I have had some feedback already from the trip and it has all been very positive, with some learners saying it is the best trip they have been on”.
If you'd like to book your learners/ group in for an exciting experience,
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