FIREFIGHTERS from Stretford Fire Station and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Trafford Community Safety Team took part in the North West Substance Recovery Walk and Celebration at Longford Park, Stretford.

The Trafford firefighters aimed to highlight the link between substance misuse and safety in the home, as fire investigators found that alcohol was a contributory factor in 40 per cent of deaths in accidental fires in Greater Manchester between 2007 and 2011.

Bev Buckley, GMFRS' Drug and Alcohol Community Advocate for Trafford, said: "It was absolutely brilliant, an amazing event.

"This was a major day for anyone in recovery - we supported it with myself, firefighters, community safety advisors and volunteers joining in with the event and we had a stall there.

The Recovery Walk is a national event which takes place every September and involves people in recovery from substance misuse, currently recovering or supporting someone, walking to raise awareness of substance misuse and celebrate those in recovery from it.