MORE than 80 youngsters in Bolton enjoyed a day of fun
activities while learning life-saving skills and how to protect
their homes against fire and other risks.
Firefighters from Bolton Central Fire Station, along with
members of the borough's Community Fire Safety team, spent the day
at Bolton Lads and Girls' Club on Thursday, January 5.
Children aged between eight and 13, who have not yet returned to
school after the Christmas break, were taught how to check for
responses from a casualty in an emergency using role play
'real-life' situations, and how to perform chest compressions and
rescue breaths on someone who is unconscious.
Bolton Watch Managers Andy Hardman and Kirk Cornwall led the
day's activities which also included football, boxing, and a
The children also learned the importance of calling for help
immediately in the case of an emergency, to ensure that help
arrives as soon as possible to give any casualties the best chance
Information on how to stay safe during the winter period was
handed out as part of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's
Watch Manager Kirk Cornwall said: "It's the first time we have
run this project at the club and it was really positive, the CPR
went down really well with the children and they all loved the
whole day. Now we will look at how we can improve it even further
and hope to hold more days like this - it's something the Community
Fire Safety team is really enthusiastic about.
"Predominantly we have reached young people via school visits in
the main and not really had many dealings with community groups,
and I think it's something we need to do more often because it's a
great way to get the message across to a wider audience about fire
safety in the home. At a club like this we can reach children from
all over the borough rather than just one area at a school."
To book a free Home Fire Safety Check, call 0800 555 815. Stay
safe this winter by visiting www.safe4winter.com.