GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service put older
people first during a series of events to celebrate Older People's
Day, which took place on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
From bingo to bowls staff from across the Service visited care
homes and community centres in Greater Manchester to make those in
later life feel special and help keep them safe at home.
In Manchester community safety advisors (CSAs) organised an
event at St Dunstans Parish Centre, Moston, which attracted more
than 100 people.
They were treated to a raffle with prizes donated by local
businesses, bingo and a choir from St Dunstans RC Primary
Spritely Lily Davis recently celebrated her 90th birthday and
spent the morning at Bury Community Fire Station during a special
visit to her former home.
Lily grew up in Bury and her dad George Davis was a Company
Officer in Bury Fire Brigade - and she later became a Control
Operator for the brigade before moving to London to train as a
nurse and join the Salvation Army.
During her visit to the station, Lily looked through old
photographs and talked about her time in the fire service -
including the daily demonstrations she gave using a 100ft rescue
rope from a Turn-table ladder!
Green Watch gave her a demonstration in the yard and she took
the chance to use the hose before having lunch with the Watch and
watching video footage of the former Bury Fire Brigade.
Lily said: "It's been an absolutely fantastic day - I have had a
CSAs and GMFRS volunteers visited supported accommodation across
Stockport , Rochdale and Tameside to offer older people fire safety
Older people living at Greystones supported accommodation,
Ashton-Under-Lyne, were given fire safety workshops, while in
Stretford prevention staff and firefighters gave safety advice and
joined in with game of curling and bowls.
Ban the Pan was the focus of Older People's Day in Wigan thanks
to firefighters who highlighted the potentially devastating
consequences of a chip pan fire.
Green Watch crews took part in a partnership day to mark the
event which involved hundreds of local older people at Wigan Youth
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton, said: "47 per cent of fire deaths in Great
Britain in 2011/12 were people aged 60 or above.
"Yesterday was about spreading the message of fire safety, but
it was also about having fun with a group of people who are full of
"Older people mean a great deal to GMFRS and we hope everyone
who attended our events had a fantastic time."
For a gallery of images from the day please visit our