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Firefighters become Dementia Friends

Dementia sufferers and their carers can take refuge at two fire stations after crews became champions of a charity.

Firefighters at Leigh and Southend Fire Stations have become Dementia Friends after receiving training from Southend Council’s Dementia Integrated Commissioning Team.

By becoming Dementia Friends, sufferers and carers can approach firefighters at both stations if they are lost, in need help or support.

Charity logos can now be displayed on fire engines and on stations noticeboards while firefighters are wearing special badges.

Sub Officer Wayne Davey, from Leigh Fire Station’s White Watch, said: “I am proud to be able to say to people with dementia, their carers and the public our station has dementia friendly firefighters who genuinely care about the people they support.

“Fire stations are landmark buildings at the heart of communities. This training means that we have the skills and knowledge to be able to help some extremely vulnerable people when they are in need.

“The scheme is close to my heart because I have three relatives who suffer from this terrible disease.

“I’m pleased we have got on board such a worthwhile scheme and we are now championing this fantastic cause.”

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