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An initiative to offer life-saving fire safety advice to rural residents is being rolled out across the county.
On Tuesday 19 March, firefighters and volunteers will be heading out with Kent County Council’s mobile library teams and passing out useful safety tips to visitors along the way. This will include highlighting some simple steps to help prevent a fire breaking out in your home and arranging free home safety visits where appropriate.
Maidstone Crew Manager Dominic Moore, who initiated the scheme, said: “We are always on the look out for new ways to engage with communities I would like to thank the mobile library team for giving us the opportunity to reach out to the more rurally based residents in the county.
“Every year, crews attend house fires which have potentially devastating effects and could easily be prevented. We will be reminding residents of the key messages around kitchen and electrical safety plus the importance of having a working smoke alarm.”
KCC Cabinet member for Customer and Communities Mike Hill said: "Our mobile libraries provide a valuable service to those out in rural areas bringing them a changing selection of more than 1,800 books and audio items, and making about 600 stops every week. This initiative is an effective way to help Kent Fire and Rescue deliver its fire safety message and further use mobile libraries as a real community resource."
For further advice on how to keep you, your family or a neighbour safe from fire call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 0800 923 7000 or go to www.3breaths.info for further information.
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Interviews with Crew Manager Dominic Moore regarding the scheme can be arranged by contacting the Kent Fire and Rescue Service press office on 01622 212425.
A picture of Crew Manager Dominic Moore and KCC mobile library driver Eddie Knight is available from our photo library www.kentfirephoto.co.uk picture number 5154.
The mobile library teams will be visiting rural parishes in the following areas: Northfleet, Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, Sturry, Broadstairs, Dover, Herne Bay and Tonbridge.