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Parish Safety Volunteers in Wivenhoe

A retired detective and a town councillor will be visiting homes across the County as part of a new community safety initiative.

Retired Essex Police worker, Bill Roberts, and Councillor Shaun Boughton will be knocking on doors as Parish Safety Volunteers, the scheme is a joint venture between Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police.

Uniformed volunteers give fire safety and crime prevention advice, fit smoke alarms, help create escape plans and offer health and wellbeing guidance.

Wivenhoe Town Council member, Shaun, said: “Education is the best prevention. By giving fire safety and crime prevention advice, we are reducing the risk out of the home.

“Parish Safety Volunteers will act as a bridge between ECFRS, Essex Police and local people while making communities like Wivenhoe safer.”

Retired Police Detective Bill Roberts, who worked in policing for 32 years, said: “Parish Safety Volunteers are a contact point for people, offering a valuable service for local communities.

“The scheme will give people reassurance and all the advice they need to stay safe in their homes.”

ECFRS is looking for more people to become Parish Safety Volunteers.

Volunteers will spend around an hour in each household and will be able to inform residents about support and services in their local community.

Andrea MacAlister, Volunteer Manager, said: “We hope that Parish Safety Volunteers will contribute to building community resilience at a very local level.

“Through fire safety and crime education, our volunteers will help prevent fire and save lives.”

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Safety Volunteer, visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering, email PSV@essex-fire.gov.uk or call 01376 576203.

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