Firefighters in Shoreham are staging a series of Make A Difference days to ensure they are at the heart of their local community.
They aim to give some of their time each month to support nominated projects in their local area, ideally linking these with key safety and resilience campaigns supported by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
They staged their first event, an afternoon tea for pensioners, at the fire station yesterday afternoon (Tues March 21).
The gathering was an opportunity to highlight the steps older residents can take to avoid social isolation. Firefighters also used the session to give a reminder about kitchen safety, using a chip pan fire demonstration, and keeping safe on the road, using a driver simulator.
The crew also handed out information about stopping smoking and the risks of diabetes and smoking.
Almost 30 people attended the first event, largely organised by firefighter Janine Nicholls.
Watch Manager Chris Bowles said: “We want to be really well-connected to our community so will be working with groups to help ensure they are safe and resilient.
“We already have a couple of other events in the pipeline. For example, we will be working with a local school to help the young people there grow their own vegetables – and we will link this work to active and healthy lifestyles. But we would welcome ideas from other groups. The key thing to stress is we are an operational crew, so we may be called away to an incident. That makes it important for community groups to think of us working with them, rather than us turning up to complete something for them on our own.”
Any group interested in nominating a project should email email@example.com
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.