STAFF from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
were given an insight into Muslim beliefs, culture and traditions
to help develop a greater two-way understanding of the local
community and the fire service.
Prevention and protection officers from Rochdale, Oldham and
Bury were invited to a guided tour of the new Golden Mosque in
Rochdale on Monday, October 8.
The tour was conducted by the Imam, the Chairman of the mosque
and Ghulam Rasul Shahzad OBE who is Chairperson of the
Rochdale BME Fire and Safety Education Association and a
prominent member of the local community.
Mr Shahzad arranged the tour in conjunction with Rochdale
Community Safety Advisor Robina Yasmin and during the visit he
explained in detail about Muslim beliefs and day-to-day mosque
After the tour, Mr Shahzad visited Rochdale Fire Station where
he gave an Urdu language lesson to GMFRS staff to help them
communicate more effectively with local Asian businesses and
families when doing Home Safety Checks and other community
activities in the borough.
Robina said: "None of my colleagues had ever been inside a
mosque and so they wanted to know what it was like and learn more
about the local community.
"Everyone enjoyed the visit and the Urdu lesson and they are now
able to use basic greetings and sayings which will help breakdown
cultural and language barriers and encourage more local Muslims to
have Home Safety Checks."
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of
smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815, or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx
For further advice on fire safety at home, please visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety.aspx