It was a training exercise not for the faint hearted as firefighters took part in a crane exercise as part of the training to be prepared for all types of incidents.

Firefighters from Farnworth joined their colleagues from Hindley and Leigh for the exercise - one of many staged for crews to test and develop their skills.

The training exercise took place on a construction site in Farnworth for the team to hone their rope rescue skills and procedures.


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Vermont construction  helped the service to facilitate the training and Heyrod provided use of their crane.

Dramatic pictures showed the firefighters holding on to a rope in the training exercise.

Station Manager at Farnworth Fire Station, Carl Haslam, said: “As part of our daily work, we identify hazards and risks at work sites in the area and Farnworth is currently undergoing major refurbishments and works.

"So, it is only right that we visit the construction sites and look at these risks.

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“We noticed this one was here for a while, and it was an ideal opportunity to utilise our skills and put it in practice.”

GMFRS asked the contractors and the site if they could set-up a training day using the crane.

Mr Haslam said: “We noticed it going up so went to liaise with the site and we are happy we were able to practice our skills because the team work hard.”

GMFRS recently competed in the National Breathing Apparatus Challenge for the first time, represented by a team of firefighters from Salford.

During the challenge, each team of five faced a scenario of a property fire and were given 30 minutes to extinguish the fire and rescue any casualties.

Meanwhile, the GMFRS’ Road Traffic Collision (RTC) extrication team also took part in a regional challenge hosted by the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) to test their skills rescuing a casualty from a crashed car.