My name is Ryan Berridge and I have been a volunteer for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for two years. I became a Community Champion after researching ways in which I could give something back, and make people and their homes safer. I have always had a love for the fire service and to be a part of such a welcoming organisation makes doing what I do, all the more worth it.
The Community Champions are often found all over the county, from the smallest of villages to our major cities. As well as giving general fire safety talks to small community groups such as the local Women’s Institute, we also teach children about fire safety in the home at local fire stations for our safety events called Safety Zone. How to look after smoke detectors, escape plans, calling 999 and the dangers of hoax calls are all on the agenda.
Whether it's during electric blanket exchanges at Golden Age Fairs or to students at Freshers week, we get to speak to people of all ages and to those from a varied background. We also educate people on water safety and road safety working alongside other organisations and emergency services.
No matter how many or hours you can give each month, just one could give lifesaving advice to someone and protect them, their family and home from the dangers of fire. I would recommend volunteering to anyone but especially with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.