Monday, 28 January 2013

Eastbourne firefighters launch competition to save lives “Operation Lifesavers 2013”

Green Watch from Eastbourne Community Fire Station has teamed up with the town’s supermarkets and local newspaper to run a competition to keep residents safe.

“Operation Lifesavers” is open to everyone living in Eastbourne, Seaford, Polegate, Hailsham, Westham and Pevensey, to encourage them to fit smoke alarms in their homes.

It was launched on 1st January and will continue through until 23rd March 2013 and is open to five superstores including; Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and B&Q.

Crew Manager Bob Newton said:

“Our plan is to encourage residents to fit smoke alarms by publicising the benefits of fitting smoke alarms, at the same time running a competition to win a 1stprize of a trolley full of groceries up to the value of £150.00 and a 2nd prize of £100.00 worth of groceries, with the prize issued in time for the Easter shopping.

Alternatively, the winners can use the cash at B & Q, with Eastbourne Community Fire Station covering the cost of this prize.”

“Also, the winning household (1st prize) will be invited to visit the Fire Station as VIP guests; this will be for up to four children and their parents.

 “A working smoke alarm is essential. It provides vital early warning and extra time to escape if there is a fire. Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms cost around £5-£10 and can be bought at most supermarkets, DIY stores and electrical equipment shops.

“People should choose a smoke alarm that complies with the British Standard (BS EN 14604:2005) and carries the British Standard Kite mark or LPCB ‘Horseshoe’ mark. Always put smoke alarms where you will be able to hear them throughout the home, particularly when you are asleep or when doors are closed.”

The competition works in one of two ways, the first operates by one of four watches, as well as Community Safety Advisors (CSA Team), fitting a smoke alarm up until Saturday 23rd March. The family will be informed of the competition during their Home Safety Visit with the date of the visit being recorded, along with details of the occupants and their address. Each household will be allocated one lucky number.

The second option is if a family fit their own smoke alarms and then they simply send their details into Eastbourne Community Fire Station, along with their name, address and phone number. There is a form printed in the local newspaper, which will be included in the draw by entering their details in the competition log.

A form to enter the competition will also be available from participating supermarkets as well. This information will be available on our East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service website and also in various local papers/magazines/local radio stations.

A lucky number will be allocated once the resident’s information is received.

The public can drop the information into the fire station or alternatively email: Crew Manager Bob Newton (Green Watch) at the Station:, or drop off the details at the supermarkets involved with this event at Customer Services. 

The draw will take place on Saturday 23rd March at the Fire Station when a VIP will pick the lucky numbers.

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