YOUNG people who sit in the House of Commons will play a part in
volunteering for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
after visiting Wigan Fire Station.
The three young people were joined by their colleagues from
Wigan youth parliament on Tuesday, September 4, when they were
given a guided tour of the station to see how they could get
involved with the work GMFRS carry out.
Borough Manager Steve Sheridan said: "Wigan youth parliament
members represent the young people of Wigan so I wanted to invite
them down to the fire station to build relationships and show them
that there are a lot of opportunities for young people here at
GMFRS in Wigan borough.
"We gave them a presentation about the work our firefighters and
community safety teams carry out - it was a real learning
experience for all of us."
The six young people, all aged between 18 and 20 represented
sixty young people that make up Wigan youth parliament. Three
of the visitors are members of the UK Youth Parliament and take
part in debates in the House of Commons on issues affecting young
Youth MP Jilly McKiernan, 18, said: "It was a really interesting
visit and great to see inside Wigan Fire Station, something you
wouldn't normally get to do.
"Chatting to the fire crews about the work GMFRS do and about
youth issues was really useful. Steve told us all about how
we can volunteer for GMFRS' Community Action Team or how 14 to 17
year olds can go to Fire Cadets at Leigh Fire Station.
"I know some of us are really keen to get involved as volunteers
and I'll be helping out at the next charity car wash at Wigan Fire
Station later this month."
The car wash will be held at Wigan Fire Station on Saturday,
September 22 at the Robin Park Road station and all money raised
will go to the Fire Fighters Charity.
Steve explained: "It's great that by working with Wigan Youth
Parliament we already have volunteer Youth MPs who want to help at
our car wash later this month.
"The visit also allowed us to really build relationships and I
asked them about the concerns of young people here in Wigan and
what they would like to change if they could.
"They told me they want to improve the way young people are
perceived both generally and in the media and I think their visit
and the fact they want to help us here at the fire station shows us
they are already doing that!"