Launch of Fire Safety Pioneering Project

RESIDENTS living in Old Newton are being offered Safer Home Visits by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

RESIDENTS living in Old Newton are being offered Safer Home Visits by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.


In partnership with Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club, who are providing funding, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is giving Old Newton residents the opportunity to participate in a trial project, identifying those in need of direct support and advice from the service.


The project will focus on residents who live in an isolated environment away from other houses and shops, with Community Fire Volunteers delivering Safer Home Visits that can include the fitting of smoke alarms, including sensory alarms for residents with hearing or visual impairments, free of charge.


To launch the project there was an event open to Old Newton residents on Saturday, March 24, in the Old Newton Community Centre. Community Fire Volunteers were on hand to talk about fire safety, local fire stations, how the Safer Home Visit scheme works and what residents can do to get involved with the project.


Peter Andrews, a Community Fire Volunteer and member of Stowmarket Gipping Rotary Club said: “The importance of raising people’s awareness of fire prevention and what to do when one occurs cannot be overstated, and we are fully prepared to work pro-actively with communities to ensure Suffolk is a safer place in which to live.”


County Councilor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: “We recognise that those living in extremely rural areas may sometimes feel cut off from the rest of the community. We hope that the visits from Community Fire Volunteers will enable residents to feel safe and confident in their own homes.


In partnership with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, Stowmarket Gipping Valley Rotary Club will be liaising with other Rotary clubs in Suffolk to encourage similar schemes in rural areas across the county.