Ensuring the vulnerable and hard to reach communities have working smoke alarms and are as safe as possible from fire is a top priority, say Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Brian Gray, volunteer, has helped to ensure that homes in the Brixham area are safe and protected from fire by conducting home fire safety visits.

Brian, aged 73, is a member of the Brixham Lions in Devon and recently retired from volunteering after a busy eight years. He has fitted over 1,000 smoke alarms and replaced 300 batteries within the Brixham area working alongside Age UK.

Brian was formally thanked by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for his voluntary work within the community, and a presentation took place at Brixham Fire Station, in December 2010.

Group Commander for the Torbay area, Ray Harris, said: "Brian has carried out a marvellous role within the community and we are sure that he has saved a considerable number of local residents from the devastating effects of fire.

"His hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and we really hope that others will follow in Brian's footsteps and assist us by working to serve the community as a volunteer. I sincerely thank Brian for the time and effort he has given and wish him well in his retirement from voluntary service."

By working in partnership with Age UK (formerly Age Concern) Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have established a programme for this vulnerable sector, ensuring everyone whose home is visited has a working smoke alarm.

Robin Causley, Director for the Torbay area, said: "Age UK Torbay' provides free support to older people aged 55 and over, who need smoke alarms fitted, or batteries on their existing alarm checked or changed."


Posted: 09.56am, 10.03.11