TEENAGE girls from Salford Lads Club were given an insight into
the harsh reality of being cut from the wreckage of a car when they
paid a visit to Salford Fire Station.
Firefighters took the opportunity to show the young girls how
dangerous it could be to be a passenger in a speeding car on
Wednesday, May 29.
Watch Manager Matt Keogh said: "As part of our on-going
partnership with Salford Lads Club, we invited a group of girls
down to the station.
"We've spent a lot of time with the girls and boys at the Club
in Ordsall over the last year or so and established really good
relationships with them, the idea being that they might see us as
"Using an old car inside the engine house because of the wet
weather outside meant we could chat to the girls about the
importance of road safety and not getting distracted by mobile
phones or friends.
"We were able to tell them about our first hand experiences of
going to road traffic collisions and cutting badly injured young
people from the wreckage and using two of the girls as casualties
really seemed to grab their attention, so hopefully the message
will hit home."
As part of their visit the girls got to see Salford Community
Fire Station in action, because when they arrived a crew were out
fighting a grass fire and an hour later the bells went again as a
crew were called to a bin fire.
Matt added: "We were able to talk to the girls about the issues
of grass fires in the dry weather and the problems of antisocial
behaviour and deliberate fire setting that Greater Manchester Fire
and Rescue Service crews face in the summer.
"Because of all the work we've put in at the club, there's now a
real bond between the lads and girls at the club and our crews and
we're already planning their next visit to the station."
Salford Lads Club Youth Mentor Sophie Al-Damari said: "The girls
loved their time at the station, they were so excited to see the
fire engine get called to an emergency and they were captivated the
"They told me they found the car crash demonstration really
realistic and that the firefighters stories were really interesting
and made them think twice about road safety."
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly said: "The work
firefighters from Salford are doing with Salford Lads Club is
absolutely fantastic because it just shows how GMFRS and our crews
and stations are right at the heart of communities.
"Initiatives like this help create opportunities for young
people to help shape them as valuable members of society.
"GMFRS' purpose is to protect and improve the quality of life of
people in Greater Manchester and working in partnership with the
club does that and supplements the young people's programmes we run
To find out more about the programmes GMFRS provide for young
people go to /community_work.aspx