CHARITIES and groups working with the homeless learned vital survival skills at a training session with the fire service.
Firefighters from Manchester Central Community Fire Station led the training session and taught attendees how to perform CPR and gave them fire safety advice for the homeless.
Station Manager David Wilson, Manchester Central, said: “We try to keep some of our most vulnerable people safe and this training could prove vital.
“Those who attended the session will now be able to pass on their knowledge and one day could save a life.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) works in partnership with homeless groups and charities including Riverside, Booth Centre, Feed Manchester, Brydon Court and Allied London to help save lives and keep the homeless safe.
After taking part in the training session, Ross Jenkins, a volunteer for Brydon Court, said: “If I find someone collapsed I now feel I could help.”
The training took place last week in the community room at Manchester Central Community Fire Station – a place where rough sleepers can find shelter during a night of severe weather.
SM Wilson added: “We aim to make our training as realistic as possible and enjoyed a discussion on how CPR would work in a real life situation today.
“We want to engage with and try to help as many people as possible in our community so hopefully the training and safety advice will reach far and wide.”