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Hundreds of families attend Jewish safety event in Prestwich

HUNDREDS of people shared in the success of an event at Prestwich’s Jewish community centre – aimed at providing safety advice to families and businesses.


Around 600 visitors attended the safety day on Sunday, July 12, organised by Bury Community Fire Station’s fire safety team in conjunction with the centre.

The team took along two fire engines and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) community event vehicle, which played music and videos to attract the crowds.

The driving simulator was also there to give visitors a chance to test their driving skills and find out how factors such as alcohol affect your capabilities.

GMFRS staff were joined by officers from the Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing Team and an officer from the off-road team with a quad bike.

Mascot Cracker make an appearance, supported by three GMFRS volunteers who were available to assist the teams in providing business and home fire safety advice, and members of the Talent and Resourcing Team were also there to talk to people about opportunities within the Service.

Staff offered advice on home safety focusing on cooking, electrical and candle safety in the home, and gave advice to businesses.

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There was also a demonstration of life-saving skills in the indoor swimming pool, performed by members of the swimming club.

Bury’s Station Manager Mark Threader said: “The event was attended by around 600 people over the course of the day, which ran from noon until 4pm and was officially opened by Mr Brian White, the Chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester.

“Everyone involved considered the day to have been a huge success, and a further step forward in building relationships with the community. 

“I honestly lost count of the number of parents and senior members of the community who approached me and thanked me for the attendance of GMFRS and GMP, who said that it was heartening to see the interaction between the younger (and the not so young!) members of the community and the uniformed organisations.” 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:26
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