SMOOTH voiced students at Manchester Academy discovered their
fire safety radio advert would be broadcast to over a million
Mancunians when Moss Side Fire Station Manager Phil Nelson visited
Year Eight pupils teamed up with elderly residents from Cardinal
Court to record their adverts at the Key 103 and Magic in
The team created adverts highlighting the dangers of overloading
plug sockets and leaving cooking unattended.
The adverts were then played to pupils at Manchester Academy and
votes were cast to decide which one will be played on the air for a
week over half-term.
The winning advert highlighted the dangers of overloading
sockets and the second placed advert dealt with dangers of leaving
cooking unattended and tackling a fire yourself.
Station Manager Phil Nelson was on hand to present the winning
students with a certificate during their assembly.
He said: "I am really proud of all the engagement and everything
the teams have achieved.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their time and commitment in
getting this project off the ground and bringing young and older
people together in such a brilliant way."
Kathryn Aylett, from GMFRS' Children and Young People
department, said: "This is the first time we've invited sheltered
housing residents to work directly with young people and Key 103 to
come up with ideas for fire safety adverts.
"It was really nice to see the pupils and residents working so
closely together - all striving to make a positive impact on the
safety of their own community."
Manchester Academy's Engagement Officer, Neal Strickland, said:
"I want to thank GMFRS for giving Manchester Academy the
opportunity to take part in this great project.
"The students really appreciated the opportunity to produce a
radio advertisement with a clear message of fire safety/staying
"We also broke new ground with your help, making a connection
with our local sheltered old people's home, Cardinal Court,
bringing young and old together, a link we will maintain."
For further advice on home fire safety, please visit the GMFRS
You can also get more winter safety advice on the Safe4Winter
website here: www.safe4winter.com