Firefighters to the rescue for Emily

Emily Burgess and her brother Charlie during a visit paid to their Atherton home by the fire service
Emily Burgess and her brother Charlie during a visit paid to their Atherton home by the fire service
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A LITTLE girl who has suffered nightmares since a fire at her friend’s home four years ago has been helped by local firefighters.

A crew from Green Watch at the Atherton fire station , visited eight-year-old Emily Burgess, who has struggled with bad dreams about fire since the blaze.

The firefighters carried out a home safety check at the Burgess’ house, chatted to Emily and her five-year-old brother Charlie about fire safety, and fitted a smoke alarm in Emily’s bedroom.

They also gave the two youngsters the chance to sit in the fire engine and showed them the equipment.

Emily’s parents rang the fire service to arrange the visit, after fire crews visited St Stephen’s Primary School, where Emily is a pupil.

Watch Manager Ian Gardner said: “We were carrying out a fire safety talk and the head teacher came over with little Emily.

“She said Emily just couldn’t rest at night and asked if we could go to her house to check it for her.”

Emily’s dad Darren said the visit had been a huge success and he hoped it would help Emily get over her fears.

He said: “Emily hasn’t liked the idea of fire since she was about four and there was a fire at her friend’s house. The family got out, but ever since it’s played on her mind.

“Charlie is firefighter mad and even has a fire engine bed. He to insisted on showing the crew all his firefighter stuff.

“The firefighters provided peace of mind for the kids and took time to explain everything to them. Hopefully now they both feel safer and more secure.”

For a free Home Fire Safety Check, contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815.