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Dementia Friends extends to Burnham and Tillingham

A scheme that helps dementia sufferers by providing them with a safe place within their communities has been extended to Burnham and Tillingham Fire Stations.

This week crews completed their training to become Dementia Friends, this means they now know the best way to help dementia sufferers and their careers if they are lost or in need of support.

More than 15 firefighters at the two fire stations have qualified and can now provide help and assistance to dementia sufferers who find themselves in difficulty.

Earlier this month, Leigh and Southend Fire Stations become the first two to pass their Dementia Friends training.

Sub Officer Wayne Davey, from Burnham Fire Station, who championed the scheme at Leigh Fire Station, said: “I am delighted that the Dementia Friends scheme has been extended to both Burnham and Tillingham Fire Stations.

“By championing the charity, our firefighters are able to support dementia sufferers and their careers by providing care and understanding their needs.

“Our fire stations are at the heart of both communities and are easily recognised by members of the public as safe places. This training means we now know the best way to assist dementia sufferers when they are at their most vulnerable, lost and away from home.

“I would like to thank Dementia Friends champion, Sally Holman, for providing the training and all the firefighters who gave up their time to complete the training programme.”

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