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3 October 2014 - Calling anyone who has had a fire at home

Calling anyone who has had a fire at home

If you have had a fire at home in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people – and help Kent Fire and Rescue Service – by taking part in an important online survey at www.lifebid.co.uk

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has linked up with eight other fire services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when they encounter a fire at home. The findings will give a valuable insight to help fire services plan and develop their services and limit the impact of fires in the home.

“If you have experienced a fire at home, whether it is yours or someone else’s, in the past 12 months then we want to hear from you. We are interested in all accidental fires in the home, large or small, whether the fire and rescue service attended or not” said David Wales of Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

“If you can spare a little time to fill in the survey you will be helping us and other local people in the future. It is all anonymous and we simply want you to tell us about your experience.

“We are pleased to be involved in this unique project, which will be rolled out nationally next year. Surprisingly there has been very limited research on how people behave during a fire in the home and the impact of the flames and smoke.”

If you have not had a fire yourself but know someone who has, please pass this on. For those who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using the web, please call 01622 212 422 to arrange to discuss other options for completing the survey.

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Notes For Editors:

The project – called LIFEBID (Lessons In Fire & Evacuation Behaviour In Dwellings) is funded through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.

The fire services involved are Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Royal Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. The academic partner on project LIFEBID is The Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) of the University of Greenwich, a world leader in fire and evacuation research.

Further information for the LIFEBID project, including details about the project team and publications, can be found at www.lifebid.co.uk

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