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New partnership aims for safer kitchens in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue's James Baker with Wiltshire Farm Foods operations manager Paul Dalton
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue's James Baker with Wiltshire Farm Foods operations manager Paul Dalton

An innovative partnership between Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue service and drivers of a food delivery service has been set up to help keep people safer in their kitchens.

Drivers from Wiltshire Farm Foods visit hundreds of homes throughout Lincolnshire supplying meals.

Through the partnership, they have undergone training from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to help them spot the tell-tale signs of people who may need fire safety advice or even assistance to remain safe in their home.

They can then make a referral to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s community safety team.

James Baker, deputy manager for community fire safety, said: "Wiltshire’s delivery drivers are ideally placed to alert the fire service to any individual they think could be at risk. “Cooking is the main cause of fires within Lincolnshire, and this is a great opportunity to remind people with some simple steps of how they can remain safe in their home.

"Because Wiltshire Farm Foods visit so many homes in the county they are able to reach more people and hopefully, together, we can reduce the number of cooking related fires."

Wiltshire Farm Foods makes around 5,000 deliveries every month to Lincolnshire customers through their team of six full-time and two back-up drivers currently serving Lincolnshire.

Company director Gurj Kalirai said: "First and foremost the health, wellbeing and safety of our customers is our priority, this is why we go the extra mile and why we are delighted to have this partnership with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue."

Executive member for Fire and Rescue at Lincolnshire County Council, coun Nick Worth added: "I am delighted to see the additional benefits from this partnership come to fruition.

"We strive to find new and innovative ways of reaching people who may be vulnerable in their homes and this idea helps us to do that.

"It could ultimately save lives in Lincolnshire."

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