AWARENESS of what Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service does in Tameside has been raised in the community after the
doors of Ashton Fire Station were thrown open to the borough's
councillors for the evening.
The vast array of work that firefighters, staff and fire
authority members do was demonstrated to Tameside councillors
during an evening packed with activities at the Slate Lane
Aiming to give the community representatives an insight into the
valuable contribution GMFRS makes to their neighbourhoods, the
borough team welcomed 23 local councillors to the station including
Executive Leader Councillor Kieran Quinn and Fire Authority Vice
Chairman John Bell.
Borough Manager Jon Heydon said: "Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service does so much more in Tameside than putting out fires
- staff and firefighters are working with residents on a day-to-day
basis making their homes and businesses safer and improving lives
in other ways.
"We can build on that and do more by increasing the public
awareness of just how diverse and far-reaching our work is, and how
we can help them.
"The councillor development evening was a great opportunity to
showcase all of that to community representatives.
"The councillors were extremely enthusiastic about what they saw
and heard about and, hopefully, we've made some long-lasting
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Councillor Jan Jackson, who represents Stalybridge North and a
member of Tameside Council's Children and Young People Scrutiny
Panel, said: "As a newly elected member I was inspired with the
works being carried out by the Prince's Trust and was delighted to
learn how the fire service is evolving with programmes organised to
engage with our communities."
Six different sessions took place across the evening, on
Tuesday, August 21, and gave the councillors the opportunity to
hear about some of the ways GMFRS is improving life in communities
The councillors were spoken to by Prince's Trust team leader
Emma Sercombe and Children and Young People co-ordinator Laura
Saidler and, most importantly, they got to meet some of the young
people whose lives had been helped by the programmes GMFRS
Tameside Prevention and Protection staff also gave presentations
on how they are making people safer in their homes and at work.
Cllrs John Bell, Mike Smith and Barrie Holland spoke about their
roles on the Fire Authority and how they hold fire officers to
The evening was topped off with a dramatic demonstration by
Ashton Fire Station's Green Watch, who showed the councillors how
they cut someone from a car following a collision - something that
firefighters now do more than rescuing people from fires.
Tameside Council's Chief Executive Steve Pleasant was also there
to find out more about GMFRS in the borough.