SONGS, games and dressing up might not be what people
expect firefighters to be getting up to as part of their daily
routine - but that's exactly what Red Watch from Whitehill did this
Tax payers will be glad to know it wasn't just for their own
amusement and that the crew were doing important community safety
work with children from a local primary school.
Watch Manager Martin Petch and his crew took the fire engine
down to the school to help the little ones understand what the fire
and rescue service does and what to do in an emergency.
Martin said: "We took them through some activities that are
especially for children in Key Stage 1.
"We taught them what firefighters wear, what we do, how to call
999 and showed them how we use everything we carry on the fire
"The children responded well to it."
The firefighters gave talks to the children while they were at
Westmoorland Primary School in Brinnington but brought the subject
to life by making it as interactive as possible.
Firefighter Nathan Wildsmith was in full fire gear and wearing
his breathing apparatus and talked the children through all the
different pieces, how they work and how they protect firefighters
when they're at an incident.
The crew taught the classes a song - Matches, Lighters, Never
Touch - and then did some colouring and writing exercises in
There was even a snakes and ladders game that was based around
fire and rescue service equipment and activities that meant the
children got to have some fun while finding out about GMFRS.
Other members of the crew stayed outside with the engine and let
the children use the hose reels and showed them the other
Brinnington is one of Stockport's high risk wards so the crew
ensured that the teachers were supplied with letters to send home
with every child they spoke to for their parents to book a Home
Safety Check afterwards.
For a Home Safety Check, which may include the fitting of smoke
alarms, please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit