FIREFIGHTERS from Broughton proved they're at the heart of their
community after taking part in the final day of fasting for Ramadan
and joining local Muslims for Eid celebrations.
Blue Watch crews from Broughton went without food during
daylight hours on Wednesday, August 7, and celebrated the start of
Eid by breaking fast with worshippers at the Masjid Bilal Islamic
Centre on Bury Old Road, Prestwich.
Station Manager Mark Turner said: "Broughton is a community fire
station in a diversely populated area so we were keen to join the
Muslim community for Eid celebrations in the evening.
"We wanted to take food, including samosas and dates to meet the
Imam and the community at the Masjid Bilal Centre for the festival
of Eid, but it was only right to join the fasting for Ramadan
"By working closely with the Muslim community in this way it
will help us build relationships and spread the fire safety word,
particularly around being careful cooking with hot oil and loose
clothing and the importance of having working smoke alarms at
"I know Blue Watch enjoyed it and found it a really interesting
and enlightening experience joining in with religious
Firefighters arrived at the mosque at 8.30pm, before sunset and
joined prayers awaiting sight of the new moon to signal the start
Anwer Nayeer from the Masjid Bilal Islamic Centre said: "We were
delighted to welcome the fire officers to us at the end of the holy
month of Ramadan after they kept fast with us.
"We announced at Friday prayers, and on the 27th day of Ramadan,
that firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) would be joining us for prayers as we appreciated their
"It was with goodwill and gratitude that we welcomed them and
the Bury South MP Ivan Lewis to join us for Eid and it will
certainly make us think about fire safety in our homes."
The new moon signalled the start of Eid when Ramadan - the holy
month - ended and firefighters and worshippers broke their fast and
enjoyed traditional Asian finger foods.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton said: "Joining religious celebrations
like Eid helps the service build relationships in the muslim
community of Salford.
"GMFRS is there to protect everyone in Greater Manchester and by
forging strong links like this we hope to keep everyone safe from
fire and ensure everyone has working smoke alarms fitted correctly
in their homes."
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For a free Home Safety Check which may include the fitting of
smoke alarms please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit