Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has joined forces with Causeway Coast & Glens Council to protect the most at risk people in the Borough from fire.
The partnership was announced to mark Fire Safety Week 2016 (3 – 9 October 2016), with the aim of reducing accidental fires in the home. Causeway Coast & Glens already provide a Home Safety Check for vulnerable people within the Council area and the new partnerships enables referrals from this service to NIFRS. This will help NIFRS identify and target prevention and protection work to those who need it most in the local community to help ‘STOP Fire’.
Station Commander Andy Deal explains:
“In the last 3 years 28 people died in accidental house fires and in the majority of these tragic deaths a combination of high risk factors were present. Through this partnership, Causeway Coast & Glens Council are helping us to identify at risk individuals in the Borough – anyone aged 60 or older and anyone who has impaired mobility or a health condition that would impact on their ability to acknowledge and respond to an emergency in the home.
“Our Firefighters will visit them in their homes to help reduce their risk of a house fire by providing a free home fire safety check. This includes practical fire safety advice, developing fire escape plans and checking and fitting smoke alarms.
“This partnership approach ultimately saves lives and helps us protect and engage directly with those in the community who need our help most. We want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities due to accidental house fires – that has to be our goal not only this Fire Safety Week but every week.”
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the NIFRS to promote the safety of our most vulnerable residents. If you think that you, a family member, friend or neighbour could benefit from these free Safety Checks then please get in touch. This is a very worthwhile service which operates right across our Borough and helps to ensure that important safety messages reach those most in need. Making small changes in our homes can lead to real differences, and working together we can save lives.”