AN IMMERSIVE safety centre and cutting-edge emergency service training facility will be officially opened tomorrow (Friday, March 24).
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Training and Safety Centre in Bury.
The centre offers visitors a unique immersive experience, featuring various accidents and emergencies that have been built around a real-size terraced street in the facility.
Visitors can explore a car crash scene where expert guides offer road safety advice as well as a hazard-filled terraced house that has been destroyed by fire.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Cllr David Acton, said: “The building and development of this centre has been a long journey. Firstly, I need to thank everybody that’s been involved in making this happen as clearly the hard work of everyone involved has paid off.
“The safety centre will be a unique facility that will be used by school children and families from across Greater Manchester and beyond, with all welcome to visit and learn about the dangers of fire and much more. This centre is an asset to Greater Manchester and we hope will ultimately deliver training that will save the lives of people in our community. It is a fantastic place and a real statement of intent, from us as a service, committed to being one of the best fire services in the country.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow will be attended by schoolchildren from a local primary school and local dignitaries including the Fire Authority, Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Bury.
Staff at the centre are currently running a series of organised visits with local schools and the facility will be open to the public in the summer of this year.
County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of GMFRS, Peter O’Reilly added: “This is a state-of-the-art community centre and training venue that will prove invaluable to Greater Manchester and to the North West as a region.
“We look forward to welcoming members of the public into this incredible centre to teach them about the safety fundamentals around incidents we respond to. Alongside this, our operational staff will be using the training area to refine their skills and explore a variety of scenarios with our emergency service partners to ensure GMFRS remains one of the most forward-thinking and respected fire services in the world.”
Construction began in May 2015 and now the multi-million pound site is nearly complete, GMFRS can lay claim to having one of the most advanced training and safety centres in Europe.