Fire Stations Awarded For Record Numbers Of Home Safety Checks


Fire Stations Awarded For Record Numbers Of Home Safety Checks

Ten fire stations have been awarded plaques for helping set a new record for the number of safety checks carried out in people’s homes in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

Their target for the year from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 was 8,000, and the actual number completed was nearly 10,000. This was more than the combined total of the previous two years.


Station representatives and their managers, and Kidde managers Paul Hale and Rex Taylor, are pictured with Councillor David Rowlands. 
 

Councillor David Rowlands, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Fire Authority, made the presentations at the start of Wednesday’s (8 August 2012)Executive Committee meeting in Milton Keynes.

The plaques were presented to representatives from Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Bletchley, Broughton, Buckingham, Gerrards Cross, Great Holm, High Wycombe and Newport Pagnell Fire Stations. They were sponsored by Kidde, who supply smoke alarms to Buckinghamshire Fire Rescue Service.

Councillor Rowlands said: “I would like to congratulate you all for what I can only describe as a series of gold medal-winning performances.

“This clearly demonstrates the determination and ambition of our firefighters and station-based community safety staff, ably supported by local administrative staff and the community safety team at headquarters.

“You are committed to providing the best possible service to the communities we serve, despite the significant challenge posed by reductions in funding.

“This represents a positive and significant step towards our vision of making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest areas in England in which to live, work and travel.”

Crews set aside time between their emergency response duties and training to visit people in their homes and carry out the safety checks.

Home safety officer Cheryl Jeffery said: “Firefighters talk to householders about their fire safety concerns, and cover areas such as electrical, cooking and candle fire safety.

“With permission, they look around the rooms, offering advice on escape plans and how to reduce any potential fire risks. The check-up is free, and so are any alarms provided and fitted during it.”

Firefighters at the 10 stations are continuing to target homes without smoke alarms, giving priority to people who are 65 or over, families with young children, people living alone and disabled people.

To arrange your free safety check, call 01296 744477 or email cs@bucksfire.gov.uk.

         

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