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ECFRS to host fourth Crucial Crew

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is hosting an event in Colchester to help older people stay safe within their community.

ECFRS and Colchester Borough Council are holding the fourth annual Older People's Crucial Crew, in St Botolph's Church, between 10am and 2pm on Thursday, April 14.

More than 120 people will receive home safety and fire prevention advice at the event, which includes a free lunch served by schoolchildren from Stanway School.

Essex Police, Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Community Voluntary Services and Age UK Colchester will also be giving advice to participants.

The event will be officially opened by Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston.

Les Nicoll, ECFRS Community Connector, said: “Crucial Crew will cover everything from fire and home safety and carbon monoxide detection to rogue traders, consumer advice and personal security.

“All of the people invited along represent local groups, so I hope they will take our safety advice back to their groups.

“I am proud that with the support of our partners, we are helping keep vulnerable members in the County safer in their homes and in their communities.”

Councillor Tim Young, Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture, said: "The forthcoming Older People's Crucial Crew promises to be a great way for Colchester's over 55s to get advice over a free lunch with fellow residents. 

"With such a wealth of information on offer, I hope groups will go online to reserve their spaces and pass what they have learnt on to their friends afterwards."

Anyone interested in attending the event should email les.nicoll@essex-fire.gov.uk or visit www.colchester.gov.uk/safety.

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