Avon Fire & Rescue Service is searching for volunteers to raise awareness of Home Fire Safety Visits.
Community Fire Safety Volunteers spend a few hours a month talking to local groups about the benefits of a Home Fire Safety Visit and encourage people to sign up for visits from the Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
Fire fighters will then visit people in their homes to discuss fire safety issues specific to their property and fit free smoke alarms where required.
Community Fire Safety Volunteers provide a valuable service that makes people safer in their homes and could save lives by helping to increase fire safety awareness and prevent accidental fires in the home. Last year more than one third of fires occurred in dwellings in Great Britain where no alarm was installed. There were 41,000 dwelling fires in Britain in 2012-13 with 266 fire fatalities.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mick Dixon, said: “We are keen to spread the fire safety message across our local communities and have developed the Community Fire Safety Volunteer scheme as a way to ensure we can reach those most in need. Community Fire and Safety volunteers have an important role to play in preventing fires and potentially saving lives.”
Volunteers are now being recruited throughout Bristol, Banes, South Glos and North Somerset. No qualifications or previous experience is needed as full training and on-going support will be given to all volunteers.
As a Community Fire Safety Volunteer you will have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet a wide range of people and make a positive contribution to your community’s safety.
For more information please contact Volunteer Support Team at The Care Forum on Tel. 0117 9589308.
The Care Forum is the lead partner in this new project and will work together with the local Volunteer Centres across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to promote and manage the scheme and provide the Community Fire Safety Champions with training and group support