PUPILS from a Bolton college are going head-to-head with a
Manchester Academy to see who can front-up a county-wide fireworks
and bonfire safety local radio campaign.
Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College, Farnworth, have
created their own radio jingle to promote the Safe4Autumn website
that supports the Treacle Partnership Campaign - a multi-agency
partnership aimed at keeping people across Greater Manchester safe
and secure as the dark nights draw in.
The advert has been placed on a Facebook page - alongside the
efforts of pupils at the Manchester Communication Academy - and
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking
members of the public to tell them which is their favourite advert
The winning advert - chosen by GMFRS - will then be played on
air across the Key2Radio network of school radio stations to
support safety messages around fireworks and bonfires.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire
Authority, said: "The Safe4autumn campaign aims to reduce the
potential for anti-social behaviour that, unfortunately, has
previously accompanied the Hallowe'en, fireworks and bonfire night
"By working with year eight students to create their own safety
messages about fireworks and bonfires, we hope people out there
will carefully consider the consequences before getting involved in
"We want as many people to visit the
facebook.com/manchesterallfiredup website, listen to both adverts
and leave a comment letting us know which one they like and
"We will then choose the winning commercial which will then be
played on air on a local radio station and across the schools'
Charlotte Heys, 12, a pupil at Mount St Joseph Business and
Enterprise College, said: "Recording the safety advert was a really
fun thing to do and it was important because we want to get
children underage to stop using fireworks.
"If the Fire Service don't have to attend just one incident
involving problems with fireworks or bonfires, then that's a good
Chief Inspector Carol Martin of Greater Manchester Police's
Bolton Division said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night should be an
enjoyable time for all and officers will be out and about in Bolton
ensuring that everybody has a safe time.
"I appreciate that trick and treaters can be quite intimidating,
especially for older members of the community. But you do not
have to open the door if you do not want to. If you are feeling
intimidated or frightened then please call the police.
"If you are planning on attending a firework display then I
would strongly recommend attending an organised event rather than
risking your safety and attempting to set fireworks off in your
back garden. Most events are free and there will be a high police
presence at them."
For more information about safety this autumn - including
educational resources, e-learning and teacher's toolkits - people
can visit the safe4autumn.com, where anyone between six and 16
years-old has a chance to win an iPad.
The Treacle partnership comprises GMFRS, Greater Manchester
Police, local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Health
and Safety Executive.
Pupils from Mount St Joseph
Business and Enterprise College are joined by GMFRS's
Kathryn Aylett, Children & Young People Programme Co-ordinator
and Inspector Phil Spurgeon to launch the safety