Fire Brigade and partners for a one day challenge in Hemlington

Residents in Hemlington took part in a series of safety events last week. Safety and security advice along with activities including Football, Rock It Ball and a computerised dance studio were just part of the ‘One Day Challenge’ which took place on Tuesday 25 January.

Partners including Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Support Network, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Erimus Housing, Home Housing, Accent Housing and the LINX project all had representatives available in a Neighbourhood Safety Trailer to answer questions from the community.

Residents were able to book Home Fire Safety Visits, at a time of their choosing, enabling Brigade staff to visit them and give free home fire safety advice as well as provide free smoke alarms where needed. They also received advice on securing their homes to deter crime, help to get their streets cleared, and advice on how to avoid arson.

Andy Witham, Coulby Newham Station Manager, said: “A recent increase in arson and high levels of anti-social behaviour has prompted this one day challenge.

“By working with our partners and raising residents’ awareness of fire and security safety and engaging with the young people we hope to make the area a safer and better place to live.

“We are working with the LINX project to provide lots of fun activities between 3.00pm-9.00pm at Hemlington Recreation Centre and would encourage people in the area to come and join in. We are also speaking with residents from the Oaks Estate at 2.00pm in the Oaks Community Centre, so please come along for a chat and a cup of tea and get advice that could save your life.”

To help keep you and your family safe from fire,the Brigade provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and, where necessary, free smoke alarms. Call 01429 874063 to arrange your visit to your home and you will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your household.