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CFRS teams up with Whittlesey Rotary Club

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Whittlesey Rotary Club to fund smoke alarms for vulnerable adults living in Whittlesey and surrounding areas.

Station Commander for CFRS, Brett Mills commented:

Firefighters standing with Whittlesey Rotary Club

“We are delighted to work in partnership with the Whittlesey Rotary Club, and are really grateful for their support in helping to keep Cambridgeshire residents safe in the community.

“With a shared goal to reach out and help those who are most vulnerable in the community, the scheme will enable fire service staff to also refer and sign post some residents they engage with to access other services, so it’s the perfect partnership.”

Whittlesey Rotary Club Secretary, David Denson, commented; “Following a recent visit to Whittlesey Fire Station and a talk by firefighters on the importance of smoke alarms, Whittlesey Rotary Club has teamed up with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to fund the alarms for vulnerable adults living in the Whittlesey, Coates, Eastrea, Turves and Pondersbridge area.

“The Rotary Club was surprised to discover that the fire service is not allocated a budget by the Government to purchase smoke alarms, which cost about £6 each. Therefore with funding provided for these alarms by the Rotary Club, it enables CFRS to reallocate funding to other services for those who are vulnerable."

A presentation was held to celebrate the partnership at Whittlesey Fire Station, and was attended by members of Whittlesey Rotary Club and Fenland District Council Chairman, Kay Mayor.

Laurence Seaton, President of the Whittlesey Rotary Club, also thanked fire service personnel and explained that both the CFRS and Rotary has the same goal to reach out and help those who are most vulnerable in the community.

This is the second scheme of its kind in Cambridgeshire, following a joint partnership with Wisbech Rotary Club, and it is hoped that further Rotary Clubs in other parts of the county will also follow suit.