SFRS staff in Aberdeen recognised as Dementia Friends

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Group Manager Fraser Burr and Station Manager Mike Cordiner received the service's Dementia Friends certificate at a recent opening of the new Dementia Resource Centre in Aberdeen

Dementia Awareness

Pictured above is Station Manager Mike Cordiner, Alzheimer Scotland’s Policy and Engagement Manager Sarah Geoghegan and Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Henry Simmons

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service staff in Aberdeen were recently recognised as 'Dementia Friends' for their commitment to awareness training from Alzheimer Scotland.

Group Manager Fraser Burr and Station Manager Mike Cordiner represented the Service at the opening of the new Aberdeen Dementia Resource Centre.

The Centre was officially opened by Maureen Watt MSP, along with Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Henry Simmons.

Guests included representatives from the Care sector, voluntary organisations and members of the public who will be using the Centre.

In recognition of the joint work that has taken place between Aberdeen staff, in particular operational crews, SFRS received framed certificates recognising that support as ‘Dementia Friends’.  

Over the course of a few months, all Aberdeen stations’ crews and the Community Action Team received awareness training from Alzheimer Scotland’s Policy and Engagement Manager, Sarah Geoghegan.

Station Manager Mike Cordiner said: "The inputs not only helped raise awareness for occasions when personnel are dealing with the public, they helped with personal situations involving friends and family.

"Our crews are now more capable of recognising the signs and symptoms of dementia and able to provide the service that’s more suited to that person’s needs. The awareness has definitely improved our ability to refer vulnerable people in the right direction for support."

Through the partnership approach, local Alzheimer Scotland staff are also now more able to give advice to their clients regarding the importance of receiving Home Fire Safety Visits.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Alzheimer Scotland can contact them on:

Tel: 0131 243 1453