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Fire Service supports Dementia Action Week

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting Dementia Action Week, which is running 21 - 27 May 2018.

HWFRS is encouraging residents to come together and take action this Dementia Action Week. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding and improve care.

HWFRS are working alongside agencies such as Age UK, the Alzheimer's Society and other voluntary organisations to support the week across the two counties and will be attending various events.

This is an opportunity for people to drop in and chat to agencies who can help with concerns about memory loss and general information. The details of some of the events are as follows:

16 May - Remember Me Event, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford - 11.00am - 4.00pm

18 May - Memories and Muffins, High Street, Bromsgrove - 11.00am - 3.00pm

22 May – Drop in session, Redditch Town Hall – 11.30 – 2.00pm

22 May – Local Dementia Action Alliance launch, St Michael Church, Church Drive, Stourport – 10.00 – 3.00pm

24 May – Local Dementia Action Alliance launch, outside Kidderminster Town Hall – 10.00 – 2.00pm

Station Commander Steve Andrews, HWFRS said: "Many of the people we see have dementia and can be extremely vulnerable. With the growing ageing population, we feel it is important for members of staff to have a greater understanding of dementia. Several members of staff are Dementia Friends Champions and Dementia Friends Awareness sessions take place across the Service".

He continued: "HWFRS identify those who are most at risk in their community and Fire crews and members of the Community Risk department carry out Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) in the homes of vulnerable people. A HFSC gives an opportunity to offer vital safety advice on subjects such as escape routes, electrical safety and smoke alarms".

Station Commander Andrews concluded: "Anyone who would like fire safety advice or would like to enquire as to whether they would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check can contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible."