THOUSANDS of people attended the launch of Wigan Resilience Week
at Wigan Fire Station over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) open day
was held on Saturday, August 25 at the community station and
launched a week of activity by local partners, designed to educate
people about resilience work during flood, fire and other
Borough Manager Steve Sheridan said: "The Open Day was a great
success, around 3000 people came, they were queuing round the block
to get in - and we raised more than £1000 for the Fire Fighters
Charity by selling children's helmets.
"There was a real family feel and while the children enjoyed
looking at the engines, our crews completed a couple of road
traffic collision demonstrations, highlighting both the skill of
our firefighters but also getting across some important safety
messages to the crowds.
"This was backed up by our community safety team, when more than
600 people came into the fire station for safety presentations on
"We also carried out a wheelie bin fire demonstration showing
just how dangerous it can be and working with Wigan Council we will
use this to encourage residents to look after their bins and to
bring them in.
"Our firefighters also taught members of the public basic
life-saving CPR and Leigh Cadets attended completing a number of
drills in front of a packed crowd."
The partnership launch of Wigan Resilience Week also involved
Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, Wigan and
Leigh Culture Trust, Wigan and Leigh Homes and Guide Dogs for the