Rescue boat and field gun highlight Wigan borough emergency awareness
9:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in NW
A RESCUE boat, gritters, fire engines, police and a 15 foot long Army gun will prove town centre crowd stoppers tomorrow.
They are all part of a Wigan Council event showcasing the different agencies involved in making the Borough safe and secure for residents.
The event is the culmination of ‘Community Resilience Week’ designed to encourage residents to think about emergencies, and what simple steps they can take to ensure that they are prepared for the worst. The aim is to help people and businesses across Wigan Borough become better equipped to deal with emergency situations and raising awareness of the different bodies who work together when problems arise.
Organisations including Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, the Army, North West Ambulance Service, Environment Agency, United Utilities, Electricity North West, Search and Rescue Dog Association, RSPCA and the Red Cross will join Council representatives throughout the pedestrian area Wigan town centre, between 10am and 4pm.
Cllr Terry Halliwell, Wigan Council Cabinet member for corporate resources, said: “Community resilience is about communities using local resources and knowledge to help themselves, and each other, in a way that complements our local public services. In many cases, foresight, common-sense and good planning can ensure residents are equipped to cope with, or can at least minimise the impact of, some of the adversities that might come their way, for example, flooding, heavy snowfall or a major fire or explosion which results in homes being evacuated.”
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