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Press Release - Fire service holds Partnership Day in Barnstaple
Posted on 12/10/2017

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service held a partnership open day at the Voice Radio in Barnstaple in support of their home fire safety campaign.

The event was organised by Community Safety Champion Sallie McKay-Roper and the Resource Manager Steve Fisher. The event brought together a dozen or so of the fire service's partners to share good practice and to give advice to members of the public attending.
Partners that attended the day included NDADA, Alzheimer's, Action for Children, 361 energy, intagr8, Sunrise Diversity, Hear See centre, the Royal British Legion, Torrage Ageing Well, One Ilfracombe, Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police.

The fire service works with these organisations under a referral scheme to help vulnerable and disabled people ensure that they have working smoke alarms, other equipment and knowledge to keep them safe in their home and prevent fires and fire injuries. The free home fire safety visits will assess equipment already in place and if necessary provide free equipment including adapted smoke alarms for the hard of hearing, which can be fitted during the visit.   
The event was also an opportunity to show off the new home fire safety van and mascots which the fire service will be using to promote home fire safety across the district. The Mayor of Bideford (Cllr Dermot McGeough) and Barnstaple Mayor (Cllr Julie Hunt) both attended the event to show their support for the campaign.
Thank you to both Tesco stores from Barnstaple who supported the event by providing refreshments.
Jon Worsley, Group Commander from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “These sort of events are a great platform from which to spread the message about having working smoke alarms in place in every home. Our partners are a really important way of connecting with the most vulnerable and at risk members of our community. We want as many people as possible to be aware of our free home fire safety visits and are keen for anyone to contact us for advice and guidance.”
The fire service can be contacted on 0800 05 02 999 / text info line 078 00 00 2476 or


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