Stockhill Blue Watch and the Prevention team were in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham at the weekend with partners, engaging with the diverse local community.
They were joined by Councillor Merlita Bryan, Nottingham City Council officers and Diana from Ideea Rom, a group supporting the Romanian community living in Nottingham to door knock and speak to residents.
Following recent fires at houses along the road, the team were speaking to residents about how to prevent fires in their homes and conduct checks on smoke alarms.
Around 15 smoke alarms were fitted during the session, to replace outdated batteries or install as new where none existed.
The area has a high number of Romanian residents, so the group was supported by Ideea Rom to help communicate the vital lifesaving advice.
Robyn Ellis, District Prevention Officer at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have achieved the objective of our work here and now have a better understanding of the local community as well as the community understanding our work as a fire service.
“Today we have replaced and installed new smoke alarms at several houses. This shows the importance of testing your smoke alarms regularly, as they could save your life in a fire.
“We would like to thank the community for being so welcoming to us and to our partners for their support. Our partnership work with Ideea Rom and Nottingham City Council helps us to prevent fires and create safer communities.”
Diana Blaj, Founder of Ideea Rom Association Nottingham, said: “The community is very grateful to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for coming today. The community have learnt about how to keep themselves and their family safe from fire.”
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has recently appointed a new Community Engagement Manager, Guninder Nagi, who will work to identify and communicate our vital safety messages across Nottinghamshire’s diverse communities.