Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Eastbourne’s firefighters put the kettle on to help support elderly local residents

Eastbourne’s firefighters, in partnership with the charity Contact the Elderly, have hosted a tea for local elderly people who are living alone. The doors of Eastbourne fire station were thrown open on Sunday 15 December to offer home-made cakes, cups of tea and a good chance to chat.

As those living alone are often vulnerable to risks of fire, firefighters took the opportunity to provide their guests with some valuable advice on how to stay safe. They also arranged for free home safety visits to be carried out that would see specialist community safety teams visiting them at home and developing specific safety plans to meet their own unique requirements.

Free home safety visits are available to everyone in the community and can be obtained by contacting East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 177 7069 or by visiting www.esfrs.org

Dave Sheppard, Borough Commander for Eastbourne said ‘It was really rewarding to see so many elderly people become a little bit safer today and we are delighted to work with other agencies such as Contact the Elderly to ensure that we reach as many vulnerable people as possible’

Julia Rivas, Regional Coordinator for Contact the Elderly said ‘We were delighted to be invited to the fire station and all of our elderly guests were looking forward to the visit. We aim to bring elderly people living alone together through events such as this to try and ensure that they don’t become too isolated in their own homes’.

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