FIREFIGHTERS in Irlam were treated to a slap-up three course
meal on station thanks to a group of teenagers who in turn learnt
about Bonfire safety.
Youngsters rustled up burgers, salad, wedges and cheesecake in
the fire station kitchen as part of their rehabilitation
educational programme on Thursday, October 10.
Firefighter Dave Pike said: "Irlam's a community based station,
so we were only too happy when the youngsters said they wanted to
cook for us as part of their lessons, which are outside of
"We were out carrying out drills in the yard while the young
people got to work in the kitchen and as we finished, we came in
just as they were putting the finishing touches to the meal and we
were able to help them a bit.
"It was absolutely delicious and we really enjoyed every
Following the meal, the firefighters chatted to them about
Bonfire safety, as part of the Treacle campaign - just days before
fireworks go legally on sale.
The Treacle campaign is designed to prevent, tackle and protect
against antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and reducing
incidents and injuries during the Hallowe'en and Bonfire
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police, ten
local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.
The group were then given a short lesson in road safety after
being shown the aftermath of a road accident in the Fire Station
Councillor John Merry, assistant mayor for children's services,
said: "The visit tied in with Salford City Council's SNAP week in
Irlam and Cadishead and in lesson plans the young people had a
cooking activity scheduled in.
"We decided it'd be great to engage in community participation
at the same time so the teenagers were delighted that the
firefighters took us up on our offer to cook them lunch.
"They also got a lot out of bonding with the crews in the run up
to Bonfire Night and learning about road safety."