Smoke Alarms delivery to Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service
The Rotary Club of Hadleigh has entered a partnership to supply Suffolk Fie & Rescue Service (SFRS) with smoke alarms that will be fitted in the homes of vulnerable people within their communities. SFRS will fit these smoke alarms, as part of their Safer Home Visit programme, which allows officers to target the most vulnerable people in the community and assess the risk of fire within their home. Advice is given on fire safety in the home, which includes developing an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency. Each smoke alarm is fitted free of charge and lasts for 10 years. A sensory alarm is also available for those with hearing or sight impairment.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for public protection, said that the best way to save a life is to prevent a fire in the first place and through our Safer Home Visit programme we aim to ensure that the people of Suffolk are safe within their homes by providing home assessments. He thanked the Rotary Club of Hadleigh for their valuable donation and looked forward to working with them and other Rotary Clubs in Suffolk in the future. The scheme is co-ordinated by Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club who will co-ordinate donations from other Suffolk Rotary Clubs. The smoke alarms will then be fitted into homes where there is no alarm present within a club's area.
Terry Wiles, of the Rotary Club of Hadleigh, said: "As well as promoting international projects aimed at relieving disease, hunger, unclean water and poor education, Rotary Clubs help with local community needs, supporting schools and youth projects, as well as the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged. The Rotary Club of Hadleigh is very pleased that our financial contribution to Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club's smoke alarm appeal will enable the purchase of smoke alarms for deserving households within Hadleigh"
Peter Andrew, from Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club said that his Club is very pleased to be working in partnership with the fire service. The Rotary Club of Hadleigh is one of the first in Suffolk to make a contribution to this scheme and as the project grows and develops, it is envisaged that more Rotary Clubs in Suffolk and beyond will join this worthwhile and valuable project.
For more information about this partnership and the SRFS Safer Home Visit programme, contact Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service on 01473 260558.