Local Senior Officer Fraser Burr wants reduce the risk from fires in Barra
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is inviting members of the Barra community to meet with firefighters and find out how to stay safe within the home.
The local event will be held on Tuesday, April 11 in the Castlebay Community Hall, on Barra, between 10am and 4pm.
Firefighters are also particularly keen to support the most vulnerable to stay safe at home.
Fraser Burr, Local Senior Officer at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want to support our communities to reduce risk from fires arising in the first place as we are all too aware of the devastating consequences.
“The Barra community has very recently suffered a tragic loss and my thoughts and those of the service are very firmly with their families, their friends and the wider community.
“We all need to do as much as we can to prevent tragedies like this from occurring and I would encourage everyone to come and meet with us to find out how we can support them to stay safe.”
Firefighters are also available to visit householders to provide free Home Fire Safety Visits. They will look out for potential risks and provide advice on what to do in the event of an emergency, and they will also check or install smoke detectors – which can provide vital early warning signs.
Graham Clark, Station Manager, said: “At the drop-in event we will offer guidance and advice on what to do in the event of an emergency and we hope as many people as possible can make it along.
“We will also arrange a Home Fire Safety Visit if required that will allow us to check and install smoke detectors - which are key to providing early warning.
“We’ll help make sure people’s homes are as safe as possible, get assistance from partners if there is a need, and fit smoke alarms free of charge.
“We want to support our entire community but we all know older or vulnerable people who could be at risk – it could be a grandmother, an aunt, or even a friend or neighbour. If you, or someone you know, is at risk from fire, please get in touch with us.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety visit contact SFRS on the freephone number 0800 073 1999, by texting ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or by filling in a form at www.firescotland.gov.uk.