SPORTING youngsters in Tameside were treated to a visit
from their local firefighters to be presented with the shield for
winning the schools competition at the Fire Service English Cup
Crews from Ashton and Stalybridge fire stations visited the
Dukinfield school to present the pupils with their trophy for
winning the children's tournament at Sportcity last month.
Watch Manager Mick Bloomfield from Ashton Fire Station's Blue
Watch and Watch Manager Gaz Phillips from Stalybridge Fire Stations
were delighted to take crews to a winning team in their own borough
- particularly as they are manager and assistant manager of the
GMFRS football team.
Gaz said: "We went to a special school assembly where we were
treated to some excellent singing by the whole school.
"Then we had the opportunity to speak to the children to
highlight all the other excellent work the fire and rescue service
does in the community.
"During the visit we presented the school with the shield their
football team won during the community event run alongside the Fire
Service English Cup Final at Sportcity. We were also asked to
present the team their trophy for winning the Tameside Schools
league Cup - and we also showed off the Fire Service English
Afterwards, the crew took the children outside and showed them
the fire engines and equipment close-up and explained more about
how they use the various items to rescue people from fires, road
traffic collisions and other emergencies.
Gaz added: "The children had a great time."
As a result of the visit, the crews have arranged to go back and
visit years one and two at the school to give them chance to meet
their local firefighters and have a look at the engines.