Author: Age NI & Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
Published on 08 October 2015 12:30 PM
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has joined forces with Age NI in a bid to protect the most susceptible people from fire – those over 65 years of age. The new partnership was announced to mark Fire Safety Week 2015 (5 - 11 October 2015).
Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said, 'We know that in Northern Ireland the people at greatest risk of fire are those aged over 65 years. Many live alone, some will have mobility issues or a sensory impairment whilst others will be smokers. All these factors further increases their risk.
'Last year (2014/2015) we attended 923 accidental house fires and sadly 8 people lost their lives. Our aim is to protect those most at risk but we also recognise that we cannot solve the problem alone. We need to work in partnership with organisations such as Age NI to raise awareness of fire safety so that together we can tackle the problem.
'Over the next 12 months the partnership with Age NI will see us providing training for carers and a new fire safety leaflet for older people aimed at raising awareness of the causes of fire and the steps to take to minimise the dangers. The association with Age NI will help in identifying the most vulnerable people and ensuring that they benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check which includes fitting or testing smoke alarms.'
Siobhan Casey, Age NI Director of Marketing added, 'We are delighted to support the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service ‘STOP Fire’ campaign. Together we can increase awareness of fire safety among older people and ensure that they fully understand the measures they, their friends and family, can take to reduce the risk of fire-related incidents in their homes.'
(L-R) Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley and Group Commander Stanley Bentley from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service pictured with Siobhan Casey, Director of Marketing, Age NI as they launch a new partnership to protect the most susceptible people from fire – those over 65 years of age.