AN EYE-opening experience led to the community getting a greater
insight into the work of local firefighters when crews took part in
the Hidden Tameside series.
The new radio documentary series aims to give people an insight
into things that happen - often not widely seen by the public - to
make life in the borough better and safer for people.
Hyde's Green Watch welcomed volunteer presenter Louise Croombs
from Tameside Radio onto the station to spend a day in the life of
the firefighters that serve the nine towns.
Watch Manager Tom Weate said: "We wanted Louise to get a good
understanding of how dedicated firefighters are and how they and
the organisation as a whole improves the communities and lives of
the people we serve.
"Every time we turn out of the door to an incident we can
improve almost any situation we attend.
"And when we are not at incidents, we're either training to keep
the skill levels as high as possible or we are trying to reduce the
risk of fire or accidents by preventing and protecting the
community through many different activities.
"We work with people such as our community safety teams and
partner agencies to prevent incidents occurring and make the
community a safer place to be."
Louise said: "The aim of Hidden Tameside is to see what a day in
the life of people who help us is like and it was very
"It opened my eyes to how much firefighters do beyond going to
fires - they were so welcoming and showed me the whole range of
things they do."
Louise joined the crew when they started shift at 8.30am on
Friday, May 10, and almost as soon as she had been kitted out, the
bells went for the Operation Support Unit and the regular crew to
go to a warehouse fire in Oldham.
After seeing what happens at a fire, it was back to the station
to meet all the other people that support what the crews do - such
as community safety advisors and fire protection officers.
Tom and Crew Manager Trev Smallwood were put through a safe
working at heights assessment so the level of support and training
that crews receive became apparent.
More training followed and Louise acted as a casualty injured in
a road traffic collision (RTC) with the crews having to cut her
free from the car.
Hidden Tameside aired on Tameside Radio 103.6FM last week and
should be available to hear again as a podcast on their website