GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s new state of the art Bury Training and Community Safety Centre has hosted its first ever open day.
More than 300 excited children and parents explored the state of the art facilities last Friday (September 1).
Tours took place through the day and showed children what it’s like to be a firefighter and see first-hand what firefighters are faced with every day when looking after Greater Manchester.
Children got to take part in activities including listening to real-life emergency calls in the simulated control room as well as taking turns to spot hazards in a home and seeing the horrendous consequences of fire.
GMFRS’ dog team were also at the open day along with Greater Manchester Police.
Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, said: “We are very proud of this new facility. The centre will help to educate young people about the risks of fire and how they might keep themselves safe.
“We are thrilled to open our doors to the public and we hope that this open day is the first of many. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to welcoming schools into the centre over the coming months.”
People who came along also found out about the wide variety of skills firefighters have – including delivering CPR to people who’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.
Sara Harris from North West Ambulance Service, who works alongside Transformation Project Support Officers Jim Bridge and Paul Duggan, spent the day teaching people how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.
If you’d like to find out more about the Bury Training and Community Safety Centre, including how to book a school visit, visit our website: http://safetycentre.manchesterfire.gov.uk/.