How we cope in crisis

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LEIGH folk are about to get their annual demonstration in how the local emergency services and authorities would cope in a crisis.

Fire, floods, flu and food scares are all the issues tackled by Reslience Week.

Wigan Council’s cabinet lead for emergency planning, Coun Ged Bretherton said: “It’s possible that with a bit of foresight and common-sense, we can cope with many of the adversities that come our way.”

The week begins at Wigan Fire Station on Saturday, August 25 with a variety of demonstrations from 11am and 4pm. Visitors will be shown how services respond to road traffic accidents.

The deliberate starting of wheelie bin fires is a growing problem across the borough and visitors will be shown the life threatening consequences of them. Bolton Mountain Rescue Team will also be there demonstrating their professional and life-saving abseiling skills.

The week rounds off in Wigan town centre on August 31. A number of different emergency response organisations will be showing off their rescue equipment and experts will be available to answer any questions the public may have.