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Making County Durham a safer place to live


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Did you know that the fire service, police and county council can provide free advice and resources to protect people and homes from fire and crime?

The Safer Homes Project run jointly by all three services and trained community-based volunteers aims to help isolated and vulnerable people improve their well-being and safety in their home.

Funded by a government award of £500,000, the project is calling on the friends, relatives, neighbours and carers of elderly and vulnerable people to spread the word about the help available.

Following a home visit and assessment a variety of options could be available including installation of specialist security and safety equipment designed to prevent burglary and fire in the home.

Rob Cherrie, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Safer Homes Project manager, said: “Working together with Durham Police, Durham County Council and Neighbourhood Watch we are keen to reach as many people in County Durham as we can. Using the expertise of all services combined we can offer clear safety advice and simple measures to improve people’s lives and help to keep them safe from fire and crime.

“We would also like to hear from local carers who feel they could undertake training in fire safety and crime risk and prevention. This free, professional training would help carers to spot potential vulnerabilities in homes.”

To find out more about the service, training or to tell us about a neighbour, friend or relative who might benefit from this project please contact us:

Phone: 0191 375 5561 or 0845 223 4221 (calls charged at local rate).

Email: saferhomes@ddfire.gov.uk
Posted on Friday 9th January 2015
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