FIRE stations in Salford are opening their doors to teach
lifesaving skills and fire safety tips to pupils from local high
schools as part of a new youth engagement partnership.
The [email protected] partnership between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service and Salford City Council follows a successful pilot scheme
involving around 20 pupils from Buile Hill High School in November
Pupils from Oasis Media Academy are currently having weekly
lessons from staff and fire crews at Salford Fire Station.
Salford Borough Manager Paul Petrykowski said: "As a service we
work closely with our partners, in this case Salford's Team Around
School (TAS) workers, to have a positive influence in the
communities we serve.
"This youth engagement initiative is a good example of how we
can use our standing in the community to have a positive
"The interest shown by youth workers clearly shows that partners
such as TAS, value the contribution GMFRS can make."
Aimed at pupils who are not fully engaging in the school
curriculum, over four sessions, groups of up to 12 pupils from the
high schools learn about anti-social behaviour and its impact on
GMFRS and the community inside their local fire station.
Adam Tormey from GMFRS' Children and Young People department
said: "The pilot schemes with Buile Hill were very successful in
engaging with young people and educating them with key safety
"Not only are the pupils taught about the impact of anti-social
behaviour and fire safety in the home, they are also given lessons
in lifesaving Heartstart and basic CPR.
"We've called it Youth [email protected] ([email protected]) and the children are
taught by firefighters and GMFRS community safety staff. The
pupils are also given an RTC demonstration while learning about
In June, pupils from Wentworth and St George's High School will
take part in lessons at Eccles Fire Station while pupils from
Swinton and Moorside High Schools will take part in the youth
engagement programme at Agecroft Fire Station.
Adam added: "We plan to start working with more schools going
forward and increase our partnership working and engagement
provision and we have secured funding to deliver 30 programmes to
up to 300 pupils across Salford over the next year.
"It's a great way to keep stations at the heart of the community
in Salford and working with our partners, we couldn't do it without
the hard work and commitment of our fire crews."