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Community safety event success

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Throughout the sunny afternoon of Wednesday 12 July residents of Kidderminster's 3 high rise towers on Hurcott Road, that encompasses over 120 flats, were encouraged to have a free ice cream and join in with Wyre Forest Community Housing's (WFCH) Community Safety Event. The event was also supported by their various partner agencies including Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

Residents were encouraged to attend the event to find out about fire safety, proposed maintenance and to encourage the formation of a tenant community safety group.

Green Watch from Kidderminster Fire Station were onsite throughout the event with a fire engine for people to look around; Community Safety Advisor Caroline Webster and volunteers were on hand to reassure residents of fire safety within high rise accommodation.as well as talk them through the interactive smoke tent that proved popular to residents, particularly those looking to teach their children what to do in the event of a fire.

Later on in the evening a pre-planned training exercise took place. Four fire engines and crews from across the Wyre Forest and Bromsgrove tackled a mock incident that was set up in a vacant flat on the 8th floor to maintain familiarity with buildings within the region.

Station Commander, Daryl Justice said: "It was a great day working with Wyre Forest Community Housing and their partners to promote our focus on the communities safety and educate the residents of Hurcott Road flats and surrounding area about fire safety, including fire prevention measures like working smoke alarms.

He added: "The exercise was a great end to the day, with crews successfully tackling the fire and ventilating the upper floors within a very short time frame. This was the sixth high rise exercise facilitated within the Wyre Forest with the last two years and we have further exercises planned for the near future"