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Essex: Fire service pledges to improve dementia safety
12:20pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
The county's fire service has joined an initiative to improve the safety of people with dementia.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) has signed up to the pledge, which is being led by the Alzheimer’s Society and its ambassador, the TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Ms Rippon said: “We are delighted that fire and rescue services such as Essex have agreed to be part of this important initiative.
"There are about 800,000 people in the UK with dementia and with greater awareness we can all help ensure they can live a safe and happy life.
"Fire and Rescue services already make a huge difference by providing practical safety advice to people with dementia and their carers.
"By signing this pledge, Essex is taking a further step towards providing peace of mind for carers, improving the safety of people with dementia and helping them stay secure and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.”
The pledge includes helping ensure families and carers are aware of fire risks, raising awareness of free home safety visits and advising and encouraging other organisations to become involved in making communities more dementia friendly.
ECFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Fleming 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 county 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."
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