GMFRS Farnworth Fire Station Open Display

Today the team attended the GMFRS Farnworth Fire Station Open Day, which this year was in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity and for Bolton Firefighter Steve Morris, who was badly injured in a fire in June 2008.

In total 13 full team members attended with 3 of our Mountain Rescue Landrover Ambulances and our Control Trailer, joined by 2.5 members of our Support Group (the 0.5 being Support Group member Hazel Kennedys nephew, Jordan), joining a large crowd of people to enjoy the display put on by all at Farnworth Fire Station.

The fire fighters put on displays including removing a car roof following a mock road traffic accident, alongside fire fighting displays by GMFRS Fire Cadets (aged 14 – 16)

A very special guest visitor to our stand was GMFRS Chief Fire Officer Barry Dixon who is retiring from this demanding post at the end of summer.

Setting up at the Farnworth Fire Display

Our resident Fire Fighter Chris teaching the team the lesson to always keep energy levels at a maximum!

Steve Fletcher demonstrating some of the casualty care techniques taught by the team

Elaine Gilliland demonstrating her parenting skills

The team demonstrating their casualty care skills

Arial photo of our display

Team photo with Paddy McGuiness
photo supplied by Keith Howarth

The team had many visitors to its display, with many photos being taken of children sat in the front of our Landrover Ambulances.

Together with the team were displays from:

  • Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Urban Search and Rescue Team
  • Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and friend of the team dog handler Mick Dewar with his Fire Investigation dog Cracker and Fire Search Dogs Echo and Anna.
  • GMFRS Fire Cadets, the unit based at Farnworth Fire Station
  • Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum including a Dennis Metz Ladder Platform Appliance from the museum
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • British Red Cross, with their family support vehicle
  • Celebrities Rebecca Atkinson & Ben Batt from the TV show Shameless and Paddy McGuiness
  • ’Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’
  • Numerous fundraising side shows

The team would like to extend its thanks to the organisers for inviting us to this excellent public relations and fundraising event, and thanks to everyone who visited the team.

the team would also like to thank the Fire Service support crews for keeping the team fed and watered throughout the day.