The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Good Morning Causeway and Good Morning Ballycastle, who will become “fire safe ambassadors” for their clients.
The Good Morning groups work directly with elderly and vulnerable people. The groups will refer people to the Fire Service so that they can provide a free Home Fire Safety Check to those who are most at risk.
NIFRS Assistant District Commander, Jason Craig, said that during the last six years 26 people over 65 have died in accidental house fires, equating to 45% of all deaths in accidental house fires in that period of time and that one 82-year-old male has died this year already.
Mr Craig said that the partnerships enables the Fire Service to reach clients in that age group and target their Home Fire Safety Checks to those most at risk and most in need of help to make sure they are protected from fire.
The Co-ordinators of the Good Morning Services said that the partnership is a great opportunity for them and that the close working relationship will benefit both organisations as an effective way to get the fire-safety message out to older and vulnerable clients.