MP Lisa Nandy got a unique insight into the day in the life of a firefighter when she visited Wigan Fire Station.
Donning fire gear, the Wigan MP joined Green Watch on parade at 8.30am on Friday, June 28, before embarking on a day of training and community visits.
Wearing breathing apparatus, Lisa got to experience what it’s like to search a smoke filled building in the yard of the station while crews carried out a drill.
Lisa then got a chance to use cutting gear to dismantle a car during a training exercise which involved freeing a casualty from a road traffic collision.
Lisa said: “It was a really interesting and inspiring day and it was great to spend the full day with the watch.
“The cutting gear was really heavy you have to be strong to do that but in the safety of the fire station yard it was good fun to cut the car apart.
“I was really surprised how hard it was to wear the breathing apparatus and how heavy the dummies were we were rescuing and it really gave me an idea of how difficult conditions must be for fire crews tackling a real fire.
“I was also very impressed with their work in the community here in Wigan.”
Lisa joined firefighters at Lamberhead Green Community Primary School where crews chatted to Year Six pupils about fire and water safety.
The visit was part of the Safe4Summer Campaign – a joint initiative between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police and the county’s 10 local authorities.
It’s aimed at keeping people of all ages safe from summer risks such as the dangers of water and grass fires, and addressing community concerns about youth-related crime and antisocial behaviour during summer months.
Borough Manager Steve Sheridan said: “We invited Lisa to experience how much we cram into one day here at GMFRS in Wigan and she certainly got stuck in and seemed to enjoy it.
“Wigan is very much a fire station at the heart of the community and as Lisa is Shadow Children’s Minister, we were able to tell her all about our work with young people and show her first hand our Safe4Summer work in schools.”