Bury College Public Services students supported Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in a high rise fire exercise.

Students spent the day at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre based in Bury where learners acted as residents in a high rise block while fire crews practised firefighting and rescue operations.  

During the exercise, students were evacuated or led to safety by firefighters who needed to simulate realistic conditions in order to test operational procedures at the state-of-the-art training centre.

Jim Bridge, Station Manager, who organised the exercise said, “We greatly appreciate the involvement of the Bury students in making our training scenario even more realistic. We hope that this gives the students an insight into the challenges facing Firefighters and inspires some of them to go on to join the Fire Service.”

Tony Greenhalgh, Bury College Lecturer in Public Services, added, “We are only too happy to help the Fire Service on exercises like this. The exercise contributes towards community safety and allows our students to experience first-hand the demanding operational environment that our emergency services work in.”