SFRS back the Safe Zone bus initiative

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is supporting the Safe Zone bus initiative and is continuing its call to action as it works to protect communities and prevent fire tragedies over the festive season.

A bus service with a difference is to take to the roads of two Scottish cities with the aim of helping vulnerable members of the public.

The Safe Zone buses - providing modern and comprehensive first aid/medical facilities and safe havens created to meet the needs of people who are out in city centres - will become a familiar sight on the streets of Edinburgh and Dundee. One of the buses already operates in Glasgow.

Ambulance and Police personnel will work with volunteers from a range of charity groups on the single-decker coaches to keep people safe when they become vulnerable for a variety of reasons - through substance abuse or alcohol consumption, injury, domestic abuse or other kinds of emotional distress.   Further details available by clicking here:  Safe Zone bus.  The new buses in Edinburgh and Dundee will become operational from tomorrow night, Friday 20 December.

The last Friday before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year due to the numbers of people in towns and cities celebrating the festive season.  Therefore, SFRS is urging members of the public to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire by continuing its call to action as it works to protect communities and prevent fire tragedies over the festive season.  Many incidents at this time of the year are linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) Lewis Ramsay, SFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, said:

“Alcohol and cooking is a lethal mix.  If you are out at a Christmas party or just having a night out, it’s best to buy food on the way home, rather than attempting to cook when you get back. If you do want to make something when you get home, then it’s best to prepare cold food - it could save your life.”

Visit the Your Safety pages for more festive and winter fire safety advice.

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