Fire service aiming to improve safety on traveller sites

Halstead Gazette: Fire service aiming to improve safety on traveller sites Fire service aiming to improve safety on traveller sites

Smoke alarms are being fitted at traveller homes in a bid to drive down the number of fire incidents.

The Essex Countywide Traveller Unit (ECTU) has carried out 44 site visits over the past two years.

During this time, ECTU has fitted 52 domestic smoke alarms.

Officers assess water supplies, access, safety and separation of caravans during the visits As of January, one quarter of a total 175 site visits across the county had been carried out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) has set aside £28,000 in its budget for 2014/15 for supporting ECTU, which is a project run by 22 groups and members of gypsy and traveller communities.

Partner organisations include councils, Essex Police, ECFRS and primary care trusts in the county.

As members of the partnership, ECTU meetings and training sessions are held at the fire service’s Kelvedon Park headquarters.

ECTU was established in 2012 with the aim of improving travellers’ lives and saving taxpayers money.

Two of Essex County Council’s authorised permanent traveller sites are located within Braintree district, with sites at Cressing and Ridgewell each providing 12 plots.

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3:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

what a waste of our money
what a waste of our money pierre-pierre
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1:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

and are the fire brigade taking such care to ensure our poor elderly are fitted with this? no I thought not
and are the fire brigade taking such care to ensure our poor elderly are fitted with this? no I thought not Bhudeeka
  • Score: -3

1:11pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

BWT how many times must we log in to use your website?!
BWT how many times must we log in to use your website?! Bhudeeka
  • Score: -3

5:33am Sat 29 Mar 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
and are the fire brigade taking such care to ensure our poor elderly are fitted with this? no I thought not
Just what is it that motivates Bhudeeka to take on the mantle of a ‘rabid out of control nut case’ who so delights in spouting such vile venomous diatribe about all and sundry services and institutions that form the fabric of our society.

This latest little example is but just one more of a seemingly endless string of such vindictive comments that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If she were to engage her befuddled and malevolent grey matter in a logical and structured observation of the subject she would very soon come across the following wording on the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website.

QUOTE. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will come to your home and fit smoke alarms for free. To arrange a free home fire safety visit for yourself or a vulnerable neighbour or relative call us on 0845 601 2495. UNQUOTE.

If she knows of any ‘Vulnerable Poor and Elderly’ members of her community who she feels are at risk through not already having smoke alarms fitted in their houses all she has to do is pick up the phone.

Or would that perhaps be below her dignity? Maybe that’s the sort of thing that should be done on her behalf by some official or other. How about demanding that the leader of her local council do, it for her? (“The greedy horrible pig of a man who should be booted out of the council and our lives” - Her words not mine - BWT 26 Apr 13)

What a lovely lady!
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: and are the fire brigade taking such care to ensure our poor elderly are fitted with this? no I thought not[/p][/quote]Just what is it that motivates Bhudeeka to take on the mantle of a ‘rabid out of control nut case’ who so delights in spouting such vile venomous diatribe about all and sundry services and institutions that form the fabric of our society. This latest little example is but just one more of a seemingly endless string of such vindictive comments that couldn’t be further from the truth. If she were to engage her befuddled and malevolent grey matter in a logical and structured observation of the subject she would very soon come across the following wording on the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website. QUOTE. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will come to your home and fit smoke alarms for free. To arrange a free home fire safety visit for yourself or a vulnerable neighbour or relative call us on 0845 601 2495. UNQUOTE. If she knows of any ‘Vulnerable Poor and Elderly’ members of her community who she feels are at risk through not already having smoke alarms fitted in their houses all she has to do is pick up the phone. Or would that perhaps be below her dignity? Maybe that’s the sort of thing that should be done on her behalf by some official or other. How about demanding that the leader of her local council do, it for her? (“The greedy horrible pig of a man who should be booted out of the council and our lives” - Her words not mine - BWT 26 Apr 13) What a lovely lady! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

keith_l says...

pierre-pierre wrote:
what a waste of our money
So if this small batch of smoke alarms stops just one fire and prevents a fire crew being depoyed (at whatever cost), or prevents a resident from major burns that will cost the NHS a fortune to treat, is it still bad value for money?
[quote][p][bold]pierre-pierre[/bold] wrote: what a waste of our money[/p][/quote]So if this small batch of smoke alarms stops just one fire and prevents a fire crew being depoyed (at whatever cost), or prevents a resident from major burns that will cost the NHS a fortune to treat, is it still bad value for money? keith_l
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Tue 1 Apr 14

pierre-pierre says...

not really, they are travelers and will hopefully move on to another county with our smoke alarms
not really, they are travelers and will hopefully move on to another county with our smoke alarms pierre-pierre
  • Score: -1

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