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Oakham and Uppingham firefighters get on their bikes as part of Community Fire Cycle Crew

Firefighters in Oakham and Uppingham will be turning to pedal power to get vital safety tips across to residents.

The newly-formed Community Fire Cycle Crew is a unique project ran by on-call firefighters, who not only give up their time to attend emergency calls, but also provide the community with a wide range of advice on how they can stay safe.

The idea for the initiative came from on-call firefighter Matt McMullan from Melton Mowbray Fire Station.

Fire engine
Fire engine

He said: “The role of a firefighter is changing and a large proportion of our role now involves key education and prevention work within our communities.

“By being out and about on our bikes, it makes us highly visible and gives residents the chance to stop and speak to us about any fire or safety concerns they may have.

"As a team, we hope to build strong links within each of our communities, to help us achieve our overall goal of ‘safer people, safer places’.”

The aim of the Community Fire Cycle Crew is to reduce the risk of fires in the home, as well as reducing the risk of accidental and deliberate fires in the community.

They will be offering home safety checks to residents, and will fit smoke alarms in homes that do not have them, or in homes that have defective smoke alarms.

By going directly into residents homes to check on their safety, the team are able to make referrals to partner agency, First Contact Plus, for those who may need additional support to improve their overall wellbeing.

Another part of the Community Fire Cycle Crew’s remit will be to visit local youth groups to deliver key water, fire and road safety advice to young people.

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