Plans for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's new state-of the art interactive community safety hub in Bury have been given the green light by town hall planners.
The hub forms part of a larger multi-million pound firefighter training facility and will allow local people and schoolchildren in particular to learn how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers.
Visitors will arrive into a simulated fire control room where they'll see the different types of incidents GMFRS attends and have the chance to listen to a real 999 call. During their visit, which will be free of charge, groups will find out what it’s like to be a firefighter for the day and they'll experience all the elements of a real fire – the smell of smoke, the heat of a fire and the sound of the sirens.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We’re delighted that plans for our new firefighter training and community centre have been given the go ahead. This development will be a great asset not just for the Bury community but for the whole of Greater Manchester."
Work is due to begin on the site at Wellington Street by the end of the year and it’s expected that the development will be open in 2016.
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