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Crucial Crew success in Colchester

More than 120 older people have received home safety and fire prevention advice at a safety event hosted by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

The Service held the fourth annual Older People's Crucial Crew, in St Botolph's Church, yesterday (Thursday, April 14).

The event, which was supported by Colchester Borough Council, included smoke alarm advice, information on home safety visits, planning escape routes and carbon monoxide detection.

Speakers at the event included ECFRS Community Connector, Les Nicoll, Community Support Officer, Karen Soames, and Fire Volunteer Tina Walters.

Other partners gave advice including Essex County Council’s Trading Standards, Essex Police, Age UK Colchester and Colchester Voluntary Services before a free lunch was served by schoolchildren from Stanway School.

Les said: “We had some excellent feedback about the event and we were able to give fire and home safety messages to over 120 older people in our County.

“We were delighted to host such a fantastic multi-agency event and 19 of our guests have requested a further home safety visit.

“I would like to thank everyone who made the day a success including the schoolchildren who delivered the free lunches professionally and promptly. We look forward to being part of next year’s Crucial Crew.”

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