Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


ECFRS supporting Deaf Awareness Week May 4 - 10

Throughout Deaf Awareness week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing safety advice with the County’s Deaf Community through a series of British Sign Language videos highlighting the importance of being fire safe in the home.

The Service is using Deaf Awareness week as a springboard to develop closer links with the Deaf Community in Essex and will build on messages issued throughout the week to develop safety advice aimed specifically at this Community.

Paul Pemberton, currently working in Community Safety, said: “I have been working with Southend Deaf Club and learning British Sign Language for a number of years and now I plan on using what I have learned to help deliver important safety messages to the Deaf Community across Essex.

“As a Service we work hard to deliver our safety messages to as many people as possible, making sure that no groups are excluded, and this project will see us expanding our links to the Deaf Community throughout the County.

“We provide home fire safety visits, including fitting free smoke alarms, to thousands of people every year. The Deaf Community can also take advantage of this offer and our technicians are able to fit specialist sensory alarms in the homes of those eligible to ensure that they too are afforded the protection smoke alarms offer.

“This is just one of the messages we want to get across. I will be visiting Deaf Clubs, schools with hearing impairment units and Deaf Organisations, such as the Essex Deaf Children’s Society, throughout the county, and engaging with them. This is to ensure we deliver the best way that we can to get our safety advice and help to the Deaf Community. We want them to become more involved with their Fire Service. 

Over the course of Deaf Awareness Week ECFRS will be sharing sign language videos specially tailored safety advice on its Twittter and Facebook feeds

Deaf people can arrange a free home fire safety visit by filling in the form on our website here

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