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.
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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
AN IMMERSIVE safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility was officially opened on Friday March 24.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Training and Safety Centre in Bury.
The centre offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.
Visitors can explore a car crash scene where expert guides offer road safety advice as well as a hazard-filled terraced house that has been destroyed by fire.
County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of GMFRS, Peter O’Reilly added: “This is a state-of-the-art community centre and training venue that will prove invaluable to Greater Manchester and to the North West as a region.
“We look forward to welcoming members of the public into this incredible centre to teach them about the safety fundamentals around incidents we respond to. Alongside this, our operational staff will be using the training area to refine their skills and explore a variety of scenarios with our emergency service partners to ensure GMFRS remains one of the most forward-thinking and respected fire services in the world.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by schoolchildren from St. Stephen's School, Bury, and local dignitaries including the Fire Authority, Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Bury.
Staff at the centre are currently running a series of organised visits with local schools and the facility will be open to the public in the summer of this year.
Scouts from Bury and Ramsbottom gave a helping hand during the school holidays to help test the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre facilities.
The life-size street and houses, carefully themed scenarios and immersive technology were put through their paces as the 17 ‘new recruits’ experienced life in the Control Room and took up the personas of real firefighters to be ‘mobilised’ to use their new skills to identify potential hazards in the home, investigate the cause of a fire and learn some vital first aid skills.
Scout Charlie Davies, 10, said “I really liked the Control Centre as we got to hear what 999 calls are like’, but Cub Hanna Jones, 9, said her favourite part was ‘watching the films’ which were shown in the immersive theatre which depicts ‘a day in the life of’ giving visitors an insight in to the work of GMFRS.
Scout Assistant district commissioner Leesa Beckwith said “We had a fantastic day and it’s been really educational for the Children’.
Testing at the centre will continue with the help of a number of volunteer primary schools from across Greater Manchester until April when live visits will commence.
Bookings are being taken for Key Stage 2 primary schools. Please help spread the word and encourage your child's school or contacts at primary schools to book and make ‘The Visit That Could Save Your Life’.
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Practising putting a casualty into the recovery position.
What caused the crash in the street?
A house fire and anti-social behaviour rounded off filming for the immersive theatre experience which will be screened at the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre when it opens in 2017.
The high quality, 6K digital format film, fast-forwards through a ‘day in the life of a firefighter’ and will be shown on an expansive, floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall screen, drawing the viewer into the heart of the action and injecting an incredible level of realism for ‘new recruits’.
Blue Watches from Bury and Whitefield demonstrated their firefighting skills as they tackled a fire at a house in Prestwich.
Attack on firefighters
Young people from Hopwood Hall College, Army Cadets, GMFRS Volunteers and the children of John Bottomley, owner of RTK Grab Hire in Bury where the action was filmed tested ed Bury Blue Watch’s nerves and professionalism as they dealt with anti-social behaviour whilst putting out a fire on wasteland.
Hopwood Hall student, Ibrahima Didp, looks on as the Fire and Film Crews prepare the scene.