A new initiative involving one of the north east’s largest landlords and the fire and rescue service aims to raise awareness of fire safety around the home.
believe housing and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have agreed a project that will see the fire service working more closely than ever before with tenants.
One of the first initiatives of its type in the region, the new closer working relationship will enable experts in fire safety to visit homes that could potentially be at risk to give advice, guidance and implement preventative measures.
Up to 18,500 families living in the homes of landlords Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, as part of believe housing, could benefit from the new work.
Tenants can expect a knock on the door from fire safety officers to carry out an assessment of the property, discuss the steps they could take to reduce fire risk; and at the same time hear about suggested health and lifestyle changes.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Community Safety Manager, Andrew Allison, said: “This new initiative helps us to meet tenants face to face in their own home.
“Our local knowledge, combined with the insight of believe housing, will help us target the homes that we believe to be at greatest risk of fire.
“We’ll be able to carry out fire safety checks and talk about early interventions we can carry out, as well as offering other advice to tenants about their health and wellbeing.”
The initiative is covered by a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between believe housing and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
believe housing Chief Executive, Bill Fullen, said: “The safety of our tenants and their property is paramount.
“By working more closely with County Durham Fire and Rescue Service our tenants will be able to benefit from expert advice in their own home.
“We’re always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to protect our communities and this new partnership will do just that.”