New fire safety packs for Dementia Awareness Week

Published
19.05.2016

As part of dementia awareness week, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are launching a new fire safety pack for people with dementia.

GFRS are supporting numerous events around the county as part of dementia awareness week, promoting the new safety packs, which aims to help people with dementia be safe in their homes.

The new dementia packs are based around the national 'FireKills - fire safety in the home' booklet.

The packs were created by GFRS working with focus groups to develop fire safety resources for people living with dementia.

Andy Hermiston, deputy chief fire officer, said: "All fire and rescue services have pledged to improve the safety and wellbeing of those with dementia. GFRS is one of the leading fire and rescue services in the country in terms of dementia awareness and we are really keen to try and help people with dementia to stay safe and independent in their own home for as long as possible."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "It's vital we support the most vulnerable in our communities, including people with dementia.

"Not only do we have our safe and well home checks, but now we also have our dementia fire safety pack with helpful tools and advice."

For more information, including how to book a free safe and well visit, visit http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/your_safety.html or contact the community safety team on 01452 888777.
 

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