COMMUNITY fire safety advisors from Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service have been on hand during Freshers' Week
offering fire safety advice to the new intake of university
As students embark on their career path it is often their first
experience of living away from home. Firefighters have taken this
opportunity to speak to them about how to keep safe from
In Bolton over 500 students were targeted as part of the
campaign and a number of presentations and fire safety videos were
shown. Fire safety officers also attended the Freshers event at the
Students Centre which resulted in a number of students booking a
free Home Fire Risk Assessment.
Community Safety Advisor from Bolton, Flora Hardman, said; "Some
of the students I spoke to said they had been deeply touched by the
videos and that it helped them understand their responsibility in
helping to prevent fires in student accommodation."
For students in Stockport, fire safety officers focused their
campaign around kitchen safety, encouraging students to book a free
Home Fire Risk Assessment.
Students and lecturers from Manchester University stood in shock
as Community Safety Advisor Simon Brierley and Crew Manager Robert
McHugo from Stockport Borough demonstrated the consequences of
misusing a chip pan - to watch a chip pan demonstration
and kitchen safety advice click
Community Safety Advisor Angela Baker was on hand at the Royal
Northern College of Music on Oxford Road offering students fire
safety advice. This event was well attended and helped to generate
a large number of Home Fire Risk Assessments leads.
Crew Manager Steve Timmins said; "Making links with
students at such an early stage is extremely important in helping
us to raise fire safety awareness. Our aim is to highlight the
dangers of fires, especially in halls of residence, whilst
encouraging students to think ahead by making an escape
Students were also being encouraged to join the fire service's
Community Action Team volunteers - an opportunity for them to gain
additional skills whilst studying.
Anyone aged 18 or over and interested in joining our team of
volunteers, can call 0161 608 9225 for more details.
Or to book a free Home Fire Risk Assessment call 0800 555 815 or