Notts firefighters back pledge to keep people with dementia safe

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Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined services across the UK in committing to improve the safety of people with dementia.

By signing a national ‘Pledge on Dementia’, the Service intends to help families and carers to be aware of fire risks, to raise awareness of Home Safety Checks and advice, and encourage other local organisations to become involved in building dementia-friendly communities.

It will also help its staff to understand the condition and therefore be able to make better decisions on supporting people with dementia that they meet in the course of their work.

The initiative is part of the Prime Minister’s challenge to help build dementia-friendly communities that is being led by the Alzheimer’s Society and Angela Rippon.

Frank Swann, Nottinghamshire’s Chief Fire Officer said: “We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people, including those with dementia, can stay safe and independent in their own homes. The effects of fire can be devastating for families but, with advice and support, we can help people make small changes that make a big difference to their safety.  

“Fire and rescue services around the country are already doing excellent work in their local communities, and we are all keen to work closely with colleagues in other sectors to identify those who need our help. This dementia challenge is a great opportunity to work towards creating safer communities for those with dementia.”

For further advice on fire safety, contact your local fire station or visit www.notts-fire.gov.uk and www.firekills.gov.uk .