TWO teenagers spent a day in the life of Manchester
Central Green Watch after a kind donor who won the experience gave
the prize back to a charity.
The 14-year-olds mirrored what firefighters do in a day for an
entire day shift earlier this month.
A gruelling nine-hour day shift saw the pair tour the station,
complete an aerial platform exercise, a breathing apparatus
exercise and a road traffic collision.
After, they went out into the community and carryied out Home
The pair got the opportunity after a local businessmen won a
GMFRS firefighter experience at a charity auction for Retrak and
Lucy Cooke and Stephan Holt, who he handed the prize to, were
working at the charity event for RECLAIM - a multiple award-winning
mentoring and leadership charity that works with young people
across Greater Manchester.
They were joined for the day by Abi Robertson from RECLAIM, who
was also lucky enough to join in with everything the crews
Stephan said: "I enjoyed everything because we got stuck in and
got involved with everything that was going on. One of my favourite
things would probably have been taking the car apart and I also
enjoyed going up in the crane thingy - it was high but fun.
"I also learned how to use a mask and how to clear it out. Can I
just say thanks so much, the day was amazing and the opportunity to
have a day in the life of a firefighter was top."
Lucy said: "I enjoyed being able to get the experience of being
a firefighter for a day, being able to use the tools and go into
the sky on the back of a firetruck was amazing.
"Also being able to watch the fire service communicate with the
community and put up fire alarms to make their houses safer was
really great to see and be a part of. Thanks for an amazing
Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk is a patron of RECLAIM.
The charity runs activities that challenge teenagers aged 12 to
18 to try new opportunities, encourages teamwork and raises
confidence levels while increasing aspirations so the firefighter
experience was perfect for two of the youngsters working with the
All of the young people work closely with mentors to achieve
their goals, empower them to lead in their own communities and
realise their own potential in the world of work to lead them
towards real independence.
Watch Manager Warren Beech, whose Green Watch crews spent the
day with Lucy and Stephan, said: "It was a brilliant gesture that
the businessman who won the firefighter experience gave it back to
two of the young people the charity serves.
"Especially because the day will have pushed them personally to
do things they may have been daunted by previously, work as part of
the crew and given them a taste of working life.
"We were delighted to have Lucy and Stephan with us, they put
their all into everything we did with them and hope they will go
away as real advocates for GMFRS in their communities as a result
of what they did that day."