Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined services across the UK in committing to improve the safety of people with dementia. 

By signing a national 'Pledge on Dementia', the Service intends to help families and carers to be aware of fire risks, to raise awareness of Home Safety Checks and advice, and encourage other local organisations to become involved in building dementia-friendly communities.

It will also help NFRS staff to understand the condition and therefore be able to make better decisions on supporting people with dementia that they meet in the course of their work.

Frank Swann, Notts' Chief Fire Officer said: "We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people, including those with dementia, can stay safe and independent in their own homes. The effects of fire can be devastating for families but, with advice and support, we can help people make small changes that make a big difference to their safety. 

"Fire and rescue services around the country are already doing excellent work in their local communities, and we are all keen to work closely with colleagues in other sectors to identify those who need our help. This dementia challenge is a great opportunity to work towards creating safer communities for those with dementia."

The initiative is part of the Prime Minister's challenge to help build dementia-friendly communities that is being led by charity's including the Alzheimer's Society.

Angela Rippon OBE, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador and co-chair of the Prime Minister's challenge group, said: "We are delighted that fire and rescue services such as Nottinghamshire have agreed to be part of this important initiative. There are about 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and, with greater awareness, we can all help ensure they can live a safe and happy life.

"Fire and rescue services already make a huge difference by providing practical safety advice to people with dementia and their carers. By signing this pledge, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is taking a further step towards providing peace of mind for carers, improving the safety of people with dementia and helping them stay secure and independent in their own homes for as long as possible."

Posted 13/09/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com