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Cracker’s behind you! GMFRS mascot takes to stage at pantomime as part of evacuation exercise

CRACKER the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) mascot took to the stage with the cast of Aladdin as part of test evacuation at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

The fire dog was accompanied by staff from GMFRS’ Oldham based prevention and protection teams who attended the venue on Wednesday, December 3.


The purpose of the visit was to test the theatre’s evacuation procedures, which was done by carrying out a short exercise after the matinee performance of the Christmas pantomime Aladdin.

During the visit, GMFRS officers took the opportunity to give winter safety advice to youngsters from St Joseph’s Primary School in Sale who had been watching the show and took part in the exercise.

Officers from the protection team observed the evacuation, which took place following the afternoon performance of Aladdin.

Ahead of the evacuation, Mark Thomson and Alison Leghorn from the Oldham prevention team gave a short fire safety presentation to the schoolchildren – reminding the youngsters about the importance of having a working smoke alarm and testing it once a week.

They were assisted by Cracker who later posed for photos with cast members.

Oldham Fire Safety Officer Keith Richmond said: “The theatre management were keen to ensure their Emergency Action Plan worked correctly and that all staff understood the procedures and necessary duties.

“A number of exit routes out of the theatre were made unavailable, which added had an element of realism to the scenario.

“The schoolchildren behaved fantastically and co-operated fully with all the instructions, which meant that the evacuation was completed smoothly and efficiently in less than three-and-a-half minutes.

“I’d like to thank the GMFRS volunteers, St Joseph’s Primary School and the theatre management for their professionalism and willingness in staging this event during their busiest time of the year.”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:30
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