SMOKERS wanting to quit the deadly habit got help from
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on No Smoking
Firefighters and community safety staff from the GMFRS
Prevention team took part in events and activities around Greater
Manchester on March 14.
A key event for No Smoking Day was at Withington Fire Station -
which is the focus of a new partnership between GMFRS, The Christie
and Manchester Stop Smoking Service.
The partnership has been launched to enhance and further the
work that the three organisations do individually and
representatives from all three were at Withington station for an
open day to mark the national event.
The open day was a resounding success and helped generate Home
Safety Checks while encouraging the public to sign up for the NHS
smoke free homes initiative.
Withington Station Manager Dave Hughes said: "This was another
excellent day where GMFRS worked with partners to help improve the
lives of those who live around us - and it was a great start to
putting Withington Community Fire Station at the heart of the
Area Manager Dave Keelan, Head of Prevention for GMFRS, said:
"Our work to prevent fires is becoming more sophisticated and there
will be more collaboration with other organisations, like this, to
reduce the risk of people suffering fires in their homes - smoking
is one of the biggest causes of fire in homes in Greater Manchester
and one of the biggest causes of cancer so this partnership makes
"Therefore, together we will work tirelessly to make sure people
have access to the right support and facilities so it is as easy as
possible for anyone our communities to give up smoking."
GMFRS staff encouraged two members of the public and one
colleague to give up smoking and go on a nicotine replacement
therapy in partnership with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust,
Public Health Development Services, Manchester Mental Health and
Social Care Trust.
Staff and volunteers referred 10 members of the public who wish
to give up smoking to Manchester Stop Smoking Service.
More than 100 GMFRS information bags were also handed out to
members of the public.
The station open day included demonstrations of yoga by Peter
Ogazi, who runs yoga sessions two nights a week in the community
room at Withington, for staff and members of the public.
Firefighter Pete Feeney, who runs training sessions for amputees
at Moss Side, gave a demonstration of the techniques he uses.
Back, shoulder head and foot massages were provided free by The
Christie team to demonstrate techniques used to help smokers cope
Work on the brand new community room and meeting rooms at
Withington Fire Station was also completed the morning of the
open day and allowed the crews and staff to showcase them to
partners and the public.