Fire service partners with Meals-on-Wheels in bid to reduce fires


West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has formed a partnership with meals-on-wheels producer, apetito, with the aim of keeping the residents of West Sussex safe and well-nourished.

The partnership, which is launching during Home Fire Safety Week (2-8 Oct), is set to raise awareness of the modern meals-on-wheels service which provides a nutritious meal every day, delivered hot, straight to customers’ front doors.

WSFRS crews are holding events across the county to raise awareness of the importance of keeping your home safe from fire, with a special emphasis on kitchen fire safety, as these incidents make up the majority of fires firefighters attend in domestic residences.

Nicki Peddle, WSFRS, explains; “The fire service regularly visits the homes of people who find it increasingly difficult to cook for themselves or sometimes just don’t feel like cooking. By working with apetito we hope that as many of these residents as possible are able to stay healthy and stay safer from the reduced risk of kitchen fire.”

Rachel Pawley, apetito, adds; “We are holding taster events across the county in collaboration with the fire service to allow people to taste our meals and decide for themselves whether this could be of benefit to them. The events will include a safety talk from firefighters to help keep everyone as safe in their own homes as possible.”

Crews from Burgess Hill and Shoreham will be hosting coffee mornings this week which will combine a raft of home safety advice alongside the information about meals-on-wheels.

Meanwhile, firefighters will also be holding public events and would welcome anyone who’d like to find out more about home fire safety:

• Tesco Holmbush, Shoreham from 10am-1pm on Wednesday 4th October
• Steyning Leisure Centre from 9am-4pm on Friday 6th October

For more information on the meals-on-wheels service call 0800 066 2790. For more home fire safety advice visit:

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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