The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness of the issues affecting the 1 in 6 people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, this week aims to celebrate collaborative work that has made a difference for people with a hearing impairment.
Staff across Ayrshire have been working in partnership with local organisations Ayrshire Film Company and The Third Sector Interface to produce a new British Sign Language (BSL) video covering our ‘Your Guide to Fire Safety’ booklet.
The video adds to our current resources and ensures that every person in Scotland has access to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s key safety messages that could prove lifesaving in the event of an emergency.
Last year, in partnership with Scottish charity Deaf Connections, a series of BSL videos were produced of the SFRS safety leaflets.
The video, along with others, is available to watch on our website page dedicated to deaf awareness and our YouTube channel.
Assistant Chief Officer David McGown, Director of Prevention and Protection, said:
“We are delighted to support Deaf Awareness Week and the collaborative work of this video will help ensure people who are deaf or have a hearing loss have equal access to key safety messages.
“The work of colleagues and partners in Ayrshire shows we are effectively working together for greater deaf awareness and to support deaf people, their family and friends.
“We would also encourage individuals and groups across Scotland to share this video.”
Barbara Conner from The Third Sector Interface said:
“The Third Sector Interface (TSI) in North Ayrshire got involved in this project through our close working relationship with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Historically the organisations have worked in partnership through other projects and with the expertise that both organisations bring we were delighted to find volunteers with the skills required and to support the volunteers to fulfil our part of the project.”
Taylor McInroy of Ayrshire Film Company said:
“From the very start it’s been a great project to be involved in, it was a real team effort from everyone to come together and get this video made. Hopefully now it’s online it can help inform people on keeping safe in the home, which is really important.
To find out more about Deaf Connections and how you can help deaf people in Scotland visit www.deafconnections.co.uk or follow @DeafConnections on Twitter.
You can also find out more about the UK Council on Deafness.