WIGAN firefighters put themselves at the heart of their
community when they took part in the town's Armed Forces Day
White Watch crews talked fire safety with families as they took
their fire engine to Wigan's main shopping street, Standishgate, on
Saturday, June 29.
They joined thousands of people across the country celebrating
the men and women of the armed forces, past and present in more
than 300 different events.
In Wigan, firefighters joined members of the various armed
forces including army and sea cadets where a model Spitfire, army
vehicles, a green goddess and replica guns and ammunition were on
Crew Manager Mick Fairhurst said: "As always the fire engine was
a popular draw for the children and it meant we could talk to their
mums, dads and grandparents about basic fire safety.
"We talked about the importance of having a correctly positioned
working smoke alarm and were able to offer Home Safety Checks to
lots of people.
"It was hard to compete with the model Spitfire but the fire
engine was definitely a crowd puller to talk fire safety with the