Edinburgh firefighters back campaign to help vulnerable residents

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Local Senior Officer for Edinburgh, Kenneth Rogers signs a Memorandum of Understanding with local charity.

 Care And Repair

Firefighters in Edinburgh have thrown their support behind a local charity to help keep the city's most vulnerable residents safe.

Staff and volunteers from Care & Repair Edinburgh have undergone specialist training from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to assist them in identifying vulnerable members of the community who require additional support in the home.

They can now refer these individuals directly to the SFRS who will, in turn, visit them and address any potential hazards, such as fitting smoke alarms free of charge.

The aim is to make Edinburgh’s older and disabled people feel safer in their property’s for as long as possible, contributing to a safer Scotland.

Local Senior Officer for Edinburgh, Kenneth Rogers, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Interim Chief Executive, Louise Love, of Care & Repair Edinburgh, further underlining the Service's commitment to the partnership approach.

LSO Rogers explains: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is always exploring new and innovative ways to enhance the safety of communities. We’re here to help everyone stay safe but we are particularly keen to support the most vulnerable and elderly.

“I’m delighted that through our partnership with Care and Repair Edinburgh we can share our knowledge, expertise and skills as well as reach those who need us most.

“We don’t want anyone to be harmed in their home and would rather prevent emergency situations from arising in the first place.

"Central to this approach is our FREE Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters attend a property and identify any hazards. They also assist in developing an escape plan as well as supply and install smoke detectors free of charge.

"I would again urge everyone to check if their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours are in need of a Home Fire Safety Visit, and to contact us directly.”

To register for a Home Fire Safety Visit call the SFRS Freephone number: 0800 0731 999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800, or visit the website at www.firescotland.gov.uk

Louise Love, Interim Chief Executive at Care and Repair Edinburgh added: “Care and Repair Edinburgh is delighted to be working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that older and disabled people in Edinburgh are able to lead independent lives at home within a safe environment, for as long as possible.

“Through effective co-production, Care and Repair Edinburgh will carry out Home Fire Safety Checks which will lead to vulnerable clients across Edinburgh being referred to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for intervention and further support.

“The key aim of Care and Repair Edinburgh’s vital lifeline services is to ensure that our clients feel safe, secure and supported to remain within their own home and this will do much to support our priorities going forward.”

For information about the charity’s other lifeline services contact Care and Repair Edinburgh on 0131 337 1111 or email reception@careandrepairedinburgh.org.uk