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BLUE Watch at Broughton celebrated the Jewish festival of Purim at a local high school and gave fire safety advice to a number of families as part of a day of celebration.
They went along to Beis Yaaocv on Bury New Road on Sunday, February 10, as part of a day organised by the Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre in Broughton, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Salford City Council.
Watch Manager Rob Gibson said: "It was a really good day, there were so many members of the local Jewish community there - hundreds of families - and we were able to chat to them about fire safety advice to do with having a working smoke alarm, and being careful with candles and not leaving cooking unattended.
"We even managed to organise more than 30 Home Safety Checks, where we will visit the families at home and offer them advice and fit smoke alarms.
"It was a great day of engagement for GMFRS and everyone enjoyed it."
Organisers called the day The Hershel Weiss pre Purim Extravaganza and Community Information Day, and throughout the day more than 75 people received fire safety advice from firefighters and crews even arranged to visit a local Jewish primary school.
As part of the day, more than 200 families received road safety advice and guidance on healthy eating from a number of agencies and Salford City Council's customer service team gave families benefits advice.
Community Safety Advisor Sofina Duloth-Joy said: "It was a really rewarding day for everyone that attended and that includes staff and crews from GMFRS as well as members of the Jewish Community.
"Joining in with celebrations for the Jewish festival of Purim was a wonderful way to engage with the local community who were able to benefit themselves from fire safety advice and information.
"We hope to build on the relationships established and continue to work closely with the Jewish community in Salford."
Purim is a Jewish festival which begins on Saturday, February 23 and runs until the evening of Sunday, February 24.
The celebration commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the wake of plot by Haman to kill all Jews in his empire, a story recorded in the Biblical book of Esther.
Purim is celebrated by giving gifts and having a celebratory meal. Other customs include drinking wine, wearing masks and costumes and taking part in public celebration.
For a free Home Safety Check, which may include the fitting of smoke alarms, please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx