Fire services across the nation are joining the campaign 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.
The initiative is part of the Prime Minister's challenge to help build dementia-friendly communities, which is being led by the Alzheimer's Society with other charities, and TV presenter Angela Rippon, whose mother died with dementia in 2009. The pledge includes helping to ensure families and carers are aware of potential fire risks, raising awareness of free home safety visits and advice and encouraging other local organisations to help build dementia-friendly communities.
Rippon has thanked the fire services that have signed up for the pledge and said:
Fire and rescue services already make a huge difference by providing practical safety advice to people with dementia and their carers.
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.
Chris Blacksell, assistant chief fire officer for the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said:
We are committed to helping to ensure vulnerable people can stay safe in their own homes.
ECFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Fleming (Essex) said:
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.
Frank Swann, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer, said:
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.