High tech training in Leigh

Firefighters at work in Leigh
Firefighters at work in Leigh

A NEW state-of-the-art Fire and Rescue training site is set to open in Leigh.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services (GMFRS) aim to open the facilities, next to Leigh Fire Station in St Helens Road, at the end of August.

The refurbished site will take over training previously delivered at Moreton-in-Marsh, and the new facilities will allow firefighters to train for fire behaviour, road traffic collision, animal rescue, and delivering breathing apparatus.

There are also refurbished classrooms to provide a better learning environment for firefighters.

Work began in March to redevelop the existing site, which was part of Leigh Technical Services, and training for road traffic collisions has already begun.

The training site had previously been used for driver training and assessments, which will now take place at Hindley Fire Station.

The site includes a motorway simulation with a petrol tanker, an animal rescue area and a bespoke area for sewer and trench rescues and a brand new breathing apparatus training rig for better training facilities.

Station manager Jim O’Byrne, from Operational Training and Development, said: “The development of Leigh is part of GMFRS continued financial commitment towards investment in operational training facilities, and will be used to support the introduction of new fire fighting techniques”.

Workshops and stores will still operate from Leigh.