Shetland residents urged to book a home fire safety visit

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Local Senior Officer for Shetland, Fraser Burr, presented the latest Quarterly Performance Report before councillors in Shetland.

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Shetland’s fire officer is reminding the community that firefighters are available to help them stay safe at home.

Crews will visit houses and offer safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency. They will also check or install smoke detectors.

A total of 108 free Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSVs) were carried out across the Island between October and December, latest figures released in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Quarterly Performance Report reveal.

Over half of these were delivered at homes of some of the most vulnerable people in need of assistance.

And during these visits a total of 27 properties were fitted with smoke detectors.

Local Senior Officer Fraser Burr spoke following a meeting of the Community Safety and Resilience Board on Thursday, June 15, where he stressed the importance of this prevention effort.

He said: “It is imperative that we continue to reach out to people to offer our help and guidance on how best to stay safe at home. This is particularly important for the most vulnerable members of our communities.
 
“Our free home fire safety visits are a key part of our preventative work and we would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more.
 
“We will help make sure people’s homes are as safe as possible, get assistance from partners if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge.
 
“We want to support our entire community but we all know older or vulnerable people who could be at risk – it could be a grandmother, an aunt, or even a friend or neighbour.
 
“If you, or someone you know, is at risk from fire, please get in touch with us.”
 
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.
 
Recruiting in Shetland remains a challenge but LSO Burr has called on those interested in becoming a retained firefighter to step forward.
 
He said: “Recruiting in many rural parts of Scotland continues to be a challenge and we are now looking towards future solutions that are more responsive and more flexible to the needs of our rural communities while maintaining community and firefighter safety.

“We will continue to encourage people to come forward - and provide a service for the community by the community.”
 
Find out more about becoming a RDS firefighter by visiting your local station or www.firescotland.gov.uk

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