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SPORTING youngsters in Tameside were treated to a visit from their local firefighters to be presented with the shield for winning the schools competition at the Fire Service English Cup Final.
Crews from Ashton and Stalybridge fire stations visited the Dukinfield school to present the pupils with their trophy for winning the children's tournament at Sportcity last month.
Watch Manager Mick Bloomfield from Ashton Fire Station's Blue Watch and Watch Manager Gaz Phillips from Stalybridge Fire Stations were delighted to take crews to a winning team in their own borough - particularly as they are manager and assistant manager of the GMFRS football team.
Gaz said: "We went to a special school assembly where we were treated to some excellent singing by the whole school.
"Then we had the opportunity to speak to the children to highlight all the other excellent work the fire and rescue service does in the community.
"During the visit we presented the school with the shield their football team won during the community event run alongside the Fire Service English Cup Final at Sportcity. We were also asked to present the team their trophy for winning the Tameside Schools league Cup - and we also showed off the Fire Service English Cup."
Afterwards, the crew took the children outside and showed them the fire engines and equipment close-up and explained more about how they use the various items to rescue people from fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies.
Gaz added: "The children had a great time."
As a result of the visit, the crews have arranged to go back and visit years one and two at the school to give them chance to meet their local firefighters and have a look at the engines.