SFRS stages fun engagement event with deaf children in Dundee

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The fire service held an entertainment event with National Deaf Children's Society Tayside Branch

Deaf Group Fire Truck

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Prevention and Protection department in Dundee, along with the assistance of the Blue Watch based at the Kingsway East Fire station, recently held an event with The National Deaf Children's Society Tayside Branch.

Children and their adults, some of whom were also deaf, were invited to a fun afternoon event.

The day involved a deaf DVD presentation to the group about Fire safety in the home, followed on by some practical fun events, burning tray demos, how to manoeuvre in smoke and darkness, tour of the fire appliances and a practical demonstration of the watches rope rescue skills as well as information leaflets being handed out to the group regarding safety in the home and how to register and make a 999 call by text.

Overall the day proved a huge success as this was a group SFRS had been looking to engage with for some time. The Service hopes to continue and develop that engagement and work together in the future.

Thanks also go to all involved in the planning and success of the day, including Alan McQueen, Family Officer (North East & Central Scotland) of The National Deaf Children's Society, The Blue Watch, Prevention and

Protection department staff Dundee as well as firefighter Paul Donnan. Paul’s signing skills made the job of professional signer, who came along to sign, a lot easier due to the amount of information she required to convey to the group.

Deaf Group 4