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Tips given on fire and road safety; EVENT: Firefighters, police and a council team are to visit Green Lane mosque.

Byline: By Emma McKinney

FIREFIGHTERS are to visit a Birmingham mosque to teach people how to escape a blazing building or road smash scene.

Crews from West Midlands Fire Service will be joined by Birmingham City Council's Road Safety Team, West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service at the event at Green Lane Masjid in Small Heath.

The firefighters will dish out fire and road safety tips in a number of languages and people will be shown a mock scene of a road accident, with pretend 'casualties' trapped in crashed cars.

Visitors will also be given a chance to experience what it is like being trapped in a smoke filled room, while children will be able to have a look round fire engines.

The event, to take place on February 20, is part of an initiative to use places of worship to get important safety messages across to all of the city's communities.

If it proves a success, it will be followed by similar events at other mosques and churches.

Crew Commander Adam Harper said: "We are very grateful to the Green Lane Masjid for agreeing to host this event, which we hope will attract people from across the local community.

"Our main aim is to make people safer, whether in their own home, out and about or when using the roads as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.

Working with our partner agencies at events like this allows us to get into the communities we serve and speak to people directly.

"We are always looking for new opportunities to work with people on events like these and would love to hear from other places of worship in the city that would be interested."

A spokesman for Green Lane Masjid said: "The safety of the general public is of paramount importance according to the teachings of Islam.

"We consider this event to be necessary and we're honoured to host it."

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Firefighters (left) will show how to escape a burning building and a road crash at Green Lane Masjid.
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