West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the Halifax Calder Rotary Club to help educate people at risk of fire.

Eight Rotarians from the branch have been trained to carry out home fire safety checks, which involves vital fire safety advice and the fitting of smoke alarms where needed. The volunteers will use their own local knowledge, contacts and networks in the community to ensure those most in need of advice and protection are visited.

The move follows a six-month pilot partnership scheme between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Calverley Rotary Club in Leeds, which proved extremely successful. Twelve Rotarians carried out more than 100 home fire safety checks, and fitted 98 smoke alarms. Four people were identified as vulnerable and referred to the brigade's At Risk Team, and two people were referred for deaf alarms.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Fire Safety, Craig McIntosh, said: "Working in partnership with Rotary Club volunteers to reduce risk within their own communities means that we are able to target our own resources into those areas of higher risk.

"Rotarians know their community inside out and they are well placed to know which areas and who would benefit the most from home fire safety checks. Their local knowledge is invaluable to us."

The volunteers have all undergone rigorous training to deliver the fire safety advice and been subject to enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks.


Posted July 20th, 2012 at 0850 by Andrew. Comment by emailing andrew.lynch@pavpub.com