Wisbech Fire Station will be able to reach out to the town’s most vulnerable residents thanks to a new partnership with the Rotarians.
Wisbech Rotary Club has offered to fund smoke alarms as part of the station’s new scheme aiming to keep the community’s most needy families and individuals safe from the dangers of fire.
The partnership is the first of its kind in Cambridgeshire, and it’s hoped other clubs and stations will follow suit.
Group Commander Chris Parker, head of community fire safety at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This funding is hugely generous and is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with a community group who has the same aim as us, which is to reach out and help those who are most vulnerable in the community.
“We have identified a number of residents who we know we need to engage with and provide with fire safety advice and fit Rotary-funded smoke alarms for.
“Whilst our staff are engaging with the residents we can also look for further opportunities to help the individual including linking them up with other agencies and the Rotary Club for support.”
The fire service will utilise its existing stock to fit fire alarms, and this will then be replenished as and when needed by funding provided from the Rotary Club – with each alarm costing £6.
Wisbech Rotary Club president Daljit Roy added: “The club is trying to help vulnerable and needy people in our community and safety is one of the biggest things on our agenda.
“The project to work with the fire service will benefit not just the residents but also a number of organisations who are trying to reach out and improve the lives of those who are hardest to reach in our town. A smoke alarm is a simple yet life-saving piece of equipment and one that can easily make a big difference in helping to keep our residents safe.
“This is the first scheme of its kind here in Cambridgeshire, so Wisbech Rotary Club is trailblazing the way, and we really hope others will follow suit across the county and develop similar partnerships with their local fire stations.”