Blue Watch from Central in Aberdeen took part in winter safety event

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Firefighters braved the cold to spread the message about the importance of Home Fire Safety Visits

Blue Watch Aberdeen Winter Safety

Crews from Central Fire Station's Blue Watch were on hand to support partners at an Aberdeen City Council organised winter safety event in the city centre recently.

Firefighters braved the bitterly cold temperatures to emphasise to the public about the successful ways in which Home Fire Safety Visits can reduce the risk of fire in the homes of the more vulnerable members of our communities at this time of year.

As road safety was one of the themes being highlighted by partners, a static display of the appliance road traffic collision rescue equipment was set out, which attracted a lot of interest from the public.

Although the weather was cold the crews went out their way to interact with the public and a lot of valuable advice was given. Parents and children took great delight in being photographed the fire engine and shoppers from various parts of the world took time out to come and have a chat.

Station Manager Mike Cordiner said: "We want to see a reduction in the number of house fires over the busy winter period and we will continue to work with partners and the public to try and achieve this.

"It is also hoped that the road safety efforts with partners is successful in limiting the occasions that rescue equipment needs to be used over the festive period."

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