SCHOOLCHILDREN made history today (Friday, November 23) when
they officially opened the new Bury Community Fire Station.
Pupils from three primary schools were invited to be VIP guests
at the event after entering an art competition to mark the building
of the new station in Magdalene Road.
One special pupil, seven-year-old Ellie McArthur from Old Hall
Primary School, was asked to unveil a banner officially opening the
building after winning the top prize in the competition.
She was joined by County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk, Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman Councillor David
Acton, Mayor of Bury Councillor Joan Grimshaw and Mayor's Consort
Mr Paul Grimshaw, and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester George
Also amongst the guests were construction workers from Kier who
built the new station.
Cllr Acton said: "It was great to so many people at the event,
particularly the children. We've had a whole host of different
people who've come here to celebrate the opening and I think it's a
superb station, not only for the fire service but also for the
Station Manager Mark Threader said: "The community has been the
focus for the official opening event, as has the whole building
process of the new fire station. We have some fantastic facilities
including community rooms, internet cafÃ© and quiet room and we hope
that the public will see this as their station too.
"We've also recently launched a bee club and now have more than
100,000 bees producing honey in the garden at the station. The bees
and the building itself really demonstrate the Service's commitment
to sustainability with features such as solar panels and rain water
flushing for the toilets - making the station one of the most
environmentally sustainable buildings in Bury and one of the most
energy efficient fire stations in the country.
"Even the plaque which has been mounted onto the wall in the
reception area to mark the official opening by Ellie is made from
Throughout the morning, schoolchildren and guests gathered in
the engine house where they were entertained by GMFRS mascot,
Cracker the fire dog.
Green Watch firefighters demonstrated the kitchen fire safety
unit - showing how quickly a chip pan can catch fire, crews then
showed how they cut up a car following a road traffic collision and
later Community Fire Cadets from Ramsbottom showed off their skills
in a drill.
Children from Old Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes RC and St Luke's CE
primary schools were given a tour of the station, a go on the
computers at the newly opened internet cafÃ© in the reception area,
and a chance to squirt water from the hoses.
Ellie said: "It's been a really fun day because I got to pull
the banner and it makes me feel really happy to see my name on the
plaque. My favourite parts were watching the car being cut up and
squirting the water.
"I felt really happy to be here and see my artwork on display -
I drew a fire engine and the Robert Peel statue."
Station Manager Threader added: "The theme of the art
competition was 'Bury Fire Station at the heart of the community'
because the station was built very much with the community in mind
as well as the crews.
"All the entries were fantastic so it was a really tough
decision but Ellie was chosen as one of our winners and it was
fitting for her to be here today to officially open the new
To read more about the art competition, visit the GMFRS website