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Fire comes to Whitefield thanks to Elms Bank art project

WHITEFIELD Community Fire Station is ablaze with flames!

Thankfully it’s not a real fire but a piece of artwork created by pupils from Elms Bank Specialist Arts College.

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The Year 10 pupils spent weeks creating their depiction of fire using tissue paper, card, string and paint, which they gave to firefighters at the Bury New Road station.

Elms Bank is a secondary special school accommodating pupils aged 11 to 19 with complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum.

As part of their Arts Week project, the pupils wanted to produce a piece of art that could be displayed in the community and they decided that their local fire station would be the perfect spot.

White Watch Manager Dan Barrett said: “We are really grateful to Elms Bank that they’ve gone to so much trouble and hard work to create this picture for us.

“We have put it on the wall in the main room that gets used the most so it’s a reminder of the effort the pupils went to.

“We like to think of our fire station as being at the heart of the community and we have a close relationship with Elms Bank so it’s a real pleasure to provide a home for their picture.”

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To officially hand over the artwork, a group of children visited the station on Friday, November 7, where they were given a guided tour of the station by White Watch.

The youngsters were given demonstrations of the equipment on the fire engine, shown the kit that firefighters wear then got the chance to squirt water from the hose reel.

They were also shown the Salvation Army van that attends large-scale or protracted incidents to provide refreshments for firefighters, and were shown the turnout sheets that come through to the station when they get a fire call.

Teacher Rose Holt said: “We wanted to create some artwork that could be displayed in the community and we thought there was no better place than the local fire station.

“The children have really enjoyed visiting the station and being shown around all the equipment so thanks to White Watch for having us!”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:29
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