RAMSBOTTOM Fire Station's engine house became a haven of vintage
vehicles and sports cars when Stratstone Ferrari visited as part of
a safe driving scheme for youngsters.
It was the second Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS) Safe Young Drivers course to take place at the station,
which this time featured a host of local car dealerships who took
along vintage and sports cars as well as brand new vehicles for the
youngsters to have a look at.
Firefighters hosted four sessions throughout March for young
people aged 16 to 25 to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of
being a new driver and the potentially devastating consequences of
being distracted while driving.
Firefighter Paul Simpson, who organised the course, said: "It
was the second time we've run this scheme in Ramsbottom and it went
really well once again.
"This time the course was held in the engine house and we had
fantastic support from partner agencies and local businesses.
"We had a variety of sports and vintage cars on display, some of
which were provided by staff from within the Service and others by
Stratstone Ferrari Group and Rochdale Vintage Car Club.
"Local dealerships also brought along brand new cars, including
Ford Group and Citroen Group, and the students particularly enjoyed
looking at all the cars and sitting in some of them."
The course, which ran from March 5 until March 25, was supported
by Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, Bury
Council Road Safety Unit, RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists and
Red Driving School.
GMFRS gave presentations to the youngsters about the
consequences of dangerous driving and what firefighters have to do
when someone is trapped in a car following a collision.
The other emergency services and organisations also gave
presentations and practical demonstrations to the group.
By simply attending at least three out of the four sessions, all
the students were given the chance to win free driving lessons
provided by local driving instructor Jim Thornton.
Pictured are, from left to
right, Hattie Marley, Daniel Carroll, Ramsbottom Station Manager
Dave Fraser-Jones and Sean McIntyre.
Daniel Carroll won first prize of 10 hours of free driving
lessons, with Hattie Marley winning second prize of six hours free
lessons and Sean McIntyre who won third prize of four hours of free
GMFRS has launched a Road Safety Strategy which aims to educate
and engage with drivers and pedestrians about road safety, in
particular targeting 17 to 25-year-olds across Greater
It also considers how GMFRS will support schemes to educate
drivers found guilty of driving offences and work with partners to
improve the engineering design of roads and vehicles to reduce
risks to road users.
The Service will be expanding its road safety education
opportunities for young people and details of further courses will
be publicised following a full evaluation of the SYD scheme.