The famous mischievous puppet called Emu has a new rival in town in the form of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s very own 'Working Smoke Allamas'.
Meet ESFRS’s newest recruits - the loveable “working smoke allamas” who enjoyed their first shift out-and-about at Eastbourne’s Sunshine Carnival Parade.
However, unlike Emu these enchanting allamas don’t attack members of the public and have nothing but love and advice to give to the public.
|Photographer: Dan Dunbar|
Youngsters at the carnival were delighted to see the allamas out in full force, who were petted by excited children bringing a smile to many faces in the crowd.
Eastbourne’s firefighters have identified that 80% of fires in the home that they attend either don’t have a smoke alarm or the smoke alarm didn’t work.
Dave Sheppard, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Borough Commander for Eastbourne, highlighted the risk by saying:
“You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven't got a working smoke alarm and the smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
“The more alarms you have, the safer you'll be - as long as they are working - so make sure you test them weekly. You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you'll be able to hear it when you're asleep.”
The specialist Community Safety team in Eastbourne, based at the Community Fire Station in Whitley Road, offers free Home Safety Visits and talks on fire safety in the home. Simply call Freephone 0800 177 7069 to see if you are eligible for free personalised home safety advice, smoke alarm checks and expert help with fitting if you need more, or new, smoke alarms.