Belarus Avon 180A group of children from Belarus have spent the morning with Avon firefighters at Temple Fire Station as part of a long standing partnership.

The Bristol link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity has been offering kids affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 the chance to experience life in other countries. The children were given a tour of the station and the appliances, as well as the chance to test out the hose reels.

Roger Coales from the Chernobyl Childrens’ Lifeline charity said: “This is always a popular visit. The children like to see the fire engines and equipment and they particularly enjoy trying out the hoses and squirting water.

“Firefighters have a special status in Belarus having responded to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. We like to give the children a range of visits and experiences while they are here and we are so grateful to all the organisations who host us every year.”

In a more local form of community engagement, the Chairman of Avon Fire Authority has taken the lead on home fire safety by getting his smoke alarms checked by the Community Safety Team.

Councillor Abraham wanted to find out more about Avon's Home Fire Safety Visit and see the new app being used by crews to deliver them so invited members of the AF&RS Community Safety Team to visit his home in Coombe Dingle, Bristol.

Speaking about the visit, Councillor Abraham said: “I was very impressed with the Home Fire Safety Visits offered by AF&RS. The staff were very friendly, helpful and informative.

“They fitted three new smoke alarms and a heat detector and offered some very useful advice on reducing the risk of a fire breaking out.

“The visit was extremely useful and made me think about how we would escape if there was a fire, our bedtime routine to switch everything off and close all the internal doors.”