THIS week a number of newly recruited volunteers have
been out on the streets of Greater Manchester helping to keep
people safe in the run up to Bonfire Night.
The 73 new Community Action Team members means that Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) now has almost 200
volunteers - who support firefighters and other community safety
staff to deliver vital prevention activities.
After completing training the new members headed out into the
community to undertake a number of key activities such as
delivering Home Fire Risk Assessments (HFRA), carrying out arson
patrols, which included looking out for unsafe bonfires, and
engaging with local communities.
The training programme included an introduction to GMFRS, a
background to volunteering and the wide and diverse range of
activities involved. The new volunteers heard from existing
members who gave a flavour of what they will get involved in and
received presentations on subjects such as health and safety and
HFRAs. They also took part in demonstrations with the fire
dogs and acted as casualties in road traffic collision training
delivered by firefighters.
Above photo - 73 new volunteers join GMFRS
Area Manager Dave Keelan, Head of Prevention for GMFRS said:
"Since the civil unrest in August it is really pleasing to
see the number of requests we have received from people wanting to
join our team of volunteers. Our volunteers play an important
role in delivering key safety messages across the diverse
communities, which was demonstrated by the recent community
reassurance and clean up activity following the unrest in
Manchester City Centre and Salford.
The next volunteer intake is planned for the end of January 2012
so if you are interested in joining our team please see our website