Surestart partnership results in 1,120 Home Fire Safety Visits Surestart partnership results in 1,120 Home Fire Safety Visits Surestart partnership results in 1,120 Home Fire Safety Visits
12th September 2016
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This valuable partnership was originally formed with the Torbay offices in 2011. Families known to the charity were referred to the South Devon Prevention team in Torquay for Home Fire Safety visits to reduce the risk of slips trips and falls as well as the risk from fire.

Brian Cappello who worked on the initial partnership agreement on behalf of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service explained: “Back in 2011 when I first met with Surestart, this was real ground breaking work, sharing information and agreeing to carry out safety checks as well as our Fire Checks, this included fitting stairgates and fireguards where required”.

“Surestart provided the safety equipment and we fitted it while doing our Home Fire Safety Visit, the situation was ideal, as we also got the opportunity to make families with young children safer.”

Dave Roddy, lead for Prevention in South Devon said:  “What Brian and his colleagues did was one of the first agreements of this type; it is now common practice for us to work with Partner agencies, charities and volunteer groups.  It is a fantastic achievement for this partnership to have produced 1120 checks.”

Dani de Beaumont, Children’s Services Manager for Action for Children said:  “This is a great example of partnership working that has a real benefit to the families we work with. You can’t underestimate the importance of fire safety in the home.  I’m delighted we have completed such an excellent total of home fire safety visits and worked so well with the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service on this vital community scheme.”

Make the call to request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 05 02 999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website

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