A safer community for isolated residents in Old Newton
RESIDENTS living in isolated hamlets in Old Newton are being offered Safer Home Visits by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
In partnership with Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club, who will provide the funding, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is giving residents the opportunity to participate in a trial project which aims to protect people living in extremely rural areas.
The project will focus on residents who live in a remote environment away from other houses and shops. Safer Home Visits will be delivered by Community Fire Volunteers, which include the fitting of smoke alarms, including sensory alarms for residents with hearing or visual impairments, free of charge.
To launch the project, there is an event open to Old Newton residents on Saturday 24 March in the Old Newton Community Centre. Community Fire Volunteers will be on hand to talk about fire safety and local fire stations, explain how the Safer Home Visit scheme works and let residents know how they can get involved with the project.
County Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said;
“We recognise that people living in extremely rural areas may sometimes feel cut off from the rest of the community and often feel concerned that they cannot rely on neighbours or businesses nearby to look out for them in an emergency.
“We hope that the visits from Community Fire Volunteers will enable residents to feel safe and confident in their own homes. It is imperative that people take full advantage of the project and come along to the event on Saturday to find out more.”
In partnership with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club will be liaising with other Rotary Clubs in Suffolk to encourage similar schemes in rural areas across the county.
Peter Andrews, a Community Fire Volunteer and member of Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club said;
“The importance of raising people’s awareness of fire prevention and what to do when one occurs cannot be overstated and we are fully prepared to work pro-actively with communities to ensure Suffolk is an even safer place to live.”