Fire service improving safety of people with dementia
HULL: Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has joined others around the UK to sign up to a pledge to improve the safety of people with dementia.
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 and TV presenter Angela Rippon, whose mother died with dementia in 2009.
Ms Rippon said: "We are delighted that Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has agreed to be part of this important initiative. Fire and rescue services already make a huge difference by providing practical safety advice to people with dementia and their carers."
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.
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Chris Blacksell, assistant chief fire officer for the service, said: "We are committed to helping to ensure vulnerable people can stay safe in their own homes."