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Ex-firefighter is getting kids back into fire stations after Covid layoff

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School trips to the fire station were once the norm before the Covid pandemic and have since struggled to make a full return, until now.

Schoolchildren across Wigan are taking part in an initiative to educate them on the dangers of fire and other accidents. The state-of-the-art Community Fire Safety Centre based in Bury will now host youngsters from the borough thanks to a new scheme providing transport to and from Wigan.

The initiative has been led by ex-Wigan Borough Fire Commander, Councillor John Harding and supported by his Atherleigh ward colleague, Councillor Debra Wailes following a pre-Covid motion at full council. READ MORE: Manchester students claim mice are 'running over their feet' and 'living in sofas' at university halls This motion to provide funded transport was unanimously supported and provided by Wigan Council before coronavirus destablised the world in 2020.

Lockdown put a hold on things, but now that schools are running more normally, the project is back on track. This is a strong passion for Coun Harding, who is keen to ensure the safety of children when it comes to fire risk.

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