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.
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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.
This visitor map shows the fantastic purpose built operational training areas and new Safety Centre
Take a peek inside the Safety Centre
Join Community Safety Training and Development Manager Kathryn Aylett, on a tour of the new Safety Centre.
We're looking for Primary School Key Stage 2 groups to help us with our test tours. To nominate your child's school or a school you have connections with, email email@example.com
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Red Watch Eccles Boat Crew demonstrated a water rescue which was filmed and will be shown in the immersive theatre at the new GMFRS Training and Safety Centre as part of 'A day in the life of GMFRS'.
It's nearly September, but temperatures are still high and you may be tempted to cool off with a swim in a local river or lake or in the sea. Think again! Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.
On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.
In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people getting into difficulties because they lose movement.
The heart can also be affected as it works harder to pump blood throughout the body and because of the shock the body feels on entering the water. Hypothermia due to the temperatures is a real risk and many people have been known to hyperventilate, which can lead to unconsciousness.
Swim some where safe - the swimming baths.
Here are some great shots taken during filming.
GMFRS crew are briefed before filming.
Cracker saves himself, but where's the casualty? Boat Crew set off to search for him, closely followed by the film crew.
Both man and dog safe. Dogs often get themselves out of the water, their owners are not always so lucky. Stay out of the water.
Thanks to Red Watch Eccles, The Anderton Centre, their trainee power boat driver Matt, James for his support and Adam Palmer for the photographs.
22 July 2016
The GMFRS Community Safety Training and Development team visited the new Training and Safety Centre to check out construction progress. The team are responsible for creating the visitor learning experience and activities throughout the centre.
The colourful entrance to the Safety Centre is beginning to look welcoming
The immersive theatre screen is in place
Crews from Blue Watch Bury and Whitefield play starring roles in our RTC film that will be shown in the immersive theatre at the new Safety Centre being built in Bury.
An actress plays the casualty, but everyone else are real firefighters doing what they would do at an RTC.
Here's some shots of Blue Watch in action during filming.
WARNING THIS IS NOT A REAL INCIDENT BUT CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES
The Crew in action
Realistic, but don't worry our actress wasn't really hurt, great make up!
Scene 3, Take 7
The Crew having a rest and keeping our 'casualty' cool between shots
Bury and Whitefield waiting for the next scene
Everyone needs a break in the hot sun
Film Crew and Fire Crew