Thorntree set to benefit from a one day challenge

Cleveland Fire Brigade has teamed up with partners to benefit residents in Thorntree by holding a series of events in the area aimed at improving safety and standards of living.

Thorntree is now the third Ward in Middlesbrough to benefit from a ‘One Day Challenge’ initiative which involves focusing resources on specific local needs. The event will take place on Tuesday 22 February from 11.00am and all services available will be aimed at improving the safety and wellbeing of people living and working in the area.

Fire crews along with staff from specialist departments and partner agencies have some challenging targets that they want to achieve and hope members of the local community join in by voicing their opinions on what could be done to make their area safer, be that from potential fire, road traffic accidents or other risks or concerns.

One of the challenges set is to increase the number of homes that receive a Home Fire Safety Visit as to date only half of households in Thorntree have had one. This challenge has been set due to a recent increase in the number of accidental house fires in the Middlesbrough area. This area has also been identified as having high levels of smoking and drinking both of which can leave people more susceptible to accidental house fires, which can lead to injury or even death.

Activities on the day will be based around Thorntree Community Centre, Birkhall Road where fire and home safety advice will be available, along with a driving simulator. Outside there will also be chip pan demonstrations and sporting activities such as football which the young people of the area are welcome to join in.

Chris Chisholm, District Manager for Middlesbrough said: “We are passionate about delivering a service which helps keep people safe from harm from fire, safe on roads and even support healthier lifestyles. All of the activities delivered during this event are available all year around but what we wanted to do was to bring as many of our staff and our partners into an area at once so that people can see exactly what we can provide. We hope that by communities working with us to improve safety that together we can truly make a difference. A number of specific challenges and stretching targets have been set by local fire crews and we hope that everyone in Thorntree helps us to make the event worthwhile”.

Alan Hatfield, Marine Station Manager, who has helped to plan this campaign said: “We would urge the community to take part by telling any of our representatives on the day what concerns they have about the area they live in and to take advantage of the advice and services available either on the day or on a future date that suits them.

“Who knows, this one day could be the one day that does just make that difference to individuals and to the area making it a better place to be, but most importantly it might even be the day that goes on to save a life.”

If you cannot make the event and would like to book a Home Fire Safety Visit, call us on 01429 874063 to arrange one for a time that’s good for you.

For more information about the event please contact Alan Hatfield on 01642 247822