NIFRS vows to help protect older people from dangers of fire

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has met with a range of key partners to explore what further measures can be taken to help protect older people and those in our community who are most at risk from the dangers of fire. It comes following a sudden increase in fatal accidental house fires across Northern Ireland, which claimed the lives of 7 older people during a 6 week period in March/April this year.

The Fire & Rescue Service met with key partners – all working tirelessly to improve the overall well-being, safety and care of people at risk across Northern Ireland, including the Commissioner for Older People and representatives from Age NI.

Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Safety Services, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said, “We as a Fire & Rescue Service have pledged to seek out and explore any further measures possible that could be taken to help protect people in our community who are most at risk. Our ethos is very clear, that by working together – we can save more lives. We had a very productive meeting with our key partner agencies and I want to thank them for their valued input.”

“As part of our overall approach to providing emergency cover in Northern Ireland we have this year consulted on our plans to develop a new risk map for Northern Ireland, based on the new census output data (2011). With new Fire Service Emergency Cover (FSEC) modelling technology, we will able to better identify those most at risk in our community and prioritize our resources accordingly.”

He added, “As always, our Firefighters continue to be out on the ground door-to-door, carrying out free home fire safety checks and providing working smoke alarms to those who require them right across Northern Ireland. We also continue to focus on delivering a range of community education and engagement activities targeted specifically at those in our community who are most at risk.”

For a free home fire safety check call 028 9260 0477 or log onto www.nifrs.org


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