Come and help us to keep your community safe

DSC_0713A CHARITY which works in partnership with Cleveland Fire Brigade to prevent fires and keep people safe is holding special events next week to recruit more volunteers.

Cleveland Fire Support Network (CFSN), which has been running for more than eight years, helps to promote fire safety as well as providing practical support to any individual or community affected by fire or related emergencies.

It has over 100 volunteers aged between 16 and 73 and is keen for more people to join its friendly team.

As part of the 30th National Volunteer Week, the CFSN is inviting people to find out more about its work at the following drop-in events, all of which are from 11am to 2pm:

Sunday 1st June           –     Coulby Newham Fire Station, Bickley Way     

Monday 2nd June          –     Grand Hotel, Swainson Street, Hartlepool

Tuesday 3rd June         –     Saltburn Fire Station, Leven Street

Wednesday 4th June    –    Loftus Fire Station, Coronation Road    

Thursday 5th June        –     Guisborough Fire Station, Park Lane

Friday 6th June              –     Yarm Fire Station, Thirsk Road

Saturday 7th June         –     Skelton Fire Station, The High Street  

As well as opportunities to chat with the CFSN’s volunteers there will be free giveaways and a competition to name the charity’s mascot.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the CFSN’s work to support Cleveland Fire Brigade, including helping with home fire safety visits, leaflet distribution, installing sensory loss alarms and promoting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques. Full training will be given.

Volunteers gain a lot of personal rewards including learning new skills, meeting new people, building their confidence and enhancing their career options through the valuable experience they acquire.

Heather Whyman, Cleveland Fire Support Network Chief Executive Officer, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity and the network – without them we wouldn’t be able to support Cleveland Fire Brigade in the local community. They are the most special, unique people and we value every one of them.”

Les Jones, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Head of Community Safety, added: “The Cleveland Fire Support Network plays an important role in supporting the Brigade and together we are working towards our goal of making every home in the Cleveland area secure and safe from fire.

“I hope people will come along to one of the drop-in events and find out more about the many opportunities to get involved – it’s a great chance for people to play their part in protecting their local community.”

For more information about the CFSN, call 01642 288009.