SCHOOL dinners at North Chadderton School had a fire safety
theme when Red Watch firefighters joined pupils over lunch to talk
As summer approaches, the Chadderton Fire Station crew have been
building relationships at the school with regular visits to help
educate pupils on the risk of grass fires and water safety.
The initiative is part of the Safe4Summer campaign, which is a
joint campaign between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
(GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police and the 10 local authorities
aimed at keeping people of all ages safe from summer risks such as
the dangers of water and grass fires, and addressing community
concerns about youth-related crime and anti-social behaviour during
Watch Manager Pete Marshall said: "We started off by meeting the
school council, but we've been down three times recently to chat to
students about our role in the community and fire safety.
"With the summer holidays approaching, we talk about the dangers
of swimming in open water and how dry weather means grass fires are
a real risk.
"It's great to get to know the pupils over lunch because they
start to understand the work of GMFRS.
"The hope is they'll become fire safety ambassadors on our
behalf - talking to their own family and friends, hopefully helping
to reduce the amount of grass fires and water rescue incidents
we're called to."
The watch have invited a group of pupils from the school to
experience a morning at Chadderton Fire Station next month to help
them in understanding their role as fire safety ambassadors.
Crews are also taking their school dinner fire safety tour to
pupils at Oldham Academy North.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton said: "As summer approaches we want everyone
to enjoy the milder warm weather safely.
"By building relationships at schools it's hoped pupils will
help us keep their friends and peers safe this summer.
"They'll also see some of the tireless work our crews carry out
in the community both at schools and at our community fire
stations, helping them to really identify with GMFRS."
To find out more about water safety during the summer months go