June 1, 2011 saw hundreds of staff from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service take to the streets in an ambitious drive to make Cheshire safer for everyone.
The aim of the second annual Cheshire Safety Day was to raise as much awareness as possible of how to stay safe in the kitchen, in the home, on the roads and in the community.
Cllr David Topping, Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority, took part in delivering Home Safety Assessments during the day. He said: "The day was a fantastic success and one that saw us directly engaging with thousands of people both in homes and on our roads. It has been an honour and a real pleasure to take part in such an exciting initiative. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's community safety work and the impact it is having on saving lives is truly inspirational."
More than a dozen events were held across the service's area and firefighters, community safety staff, support staff and managers, fire cadets, volunteers and colleagues from a range of partner organisations completed a staggering 1,125 home safety assessments. This is in addition to engaging with almost 300 road users in a bid to change people's driving habits and make our roads safer.
Paul Hancock, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, said: "Cheshire Safety Day is a massive demonstration of our commitment to reducing the number of fires and other emergencies in our county - a commitment for which we are recognised as trailblazers nationally. Once again, our firefighters, community safety advocates, volunteers, support staff and partners have pulled together to deliver an impressive number of events and home safety assessments. Our thanks go to them and members of the public who took the time to talk to us and let us in their homes."