Fire safety event

Volunteer team leaders Elizabeth Shearer and Peter Gugan at the event held in the Grand Hotel
Volunteer team leaders Elizabeth Shearer and Peter Gugan at the event held in the Grand Hotel

A CHARITY which works in partnership with Cleveland Fire Brigade to prevent fires and keep people safe held a volunteer recruitment drive.

Cleveland Fire Support Network (CFSN), which has been running for more than eight years, helps to promote fire safety as well as providing practical support to any individual or community affected by fire or related emergencies.

The charity has more than 100 volunteers, aged between 16 and 73, and officials wanted more people to join the team.

As part of the 30th National Volunteer Week, the CFSN has this week invited people to find out more about its work at a series of drop-in events, all of which are held between 11am and 2pm.

The first took place yesterday at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, with other events taking place elsewhere in Teesside throughout the week.

As well as opportunities to chat with the CFSN’s volunteers there was a free giveaway and a competition to name the charity’s mascot.

There are lots of ways to get involved in the CFSN’s work to support Cleveland Fire Brigade, including helping with home fire safety visits, leaflet distribution, installing sensory loss alarms and promoting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.

Heather Whyman, Cleveland Fire Support Network chief executive officer, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity and the network – without them we wouldn’t be able to support Cleveland Fire Brigade in the local community.”

Les Jones, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s head of community safety, added: “The Cleveland Fire Support Network plays an important role in supporting the Brigade and together we are working towards our goal of making every home in the Cleveland area secure and safe from fire.

“It’s a great chance for people to play their part in protecting their local community.”

For information about the CFSN, call (01642) 288009.