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Firefighters encourage communities to be Dementia friendly

Publication date
13 May 2014
News release text
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is joining forces with a range of organisations and businesses to promote a Dementia Friendly Communities Scheme taking place across Kent. 
Firefighters from Thames-side and KFRS’s Vulnerable Persons Liaison Officer, Rachael Spencer, will be on hand at the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) Adventure into Dementia Adventure event on 21 May, to let people in the early stages of dementia know what help and support is available to them from the fire service. This event is the combined launch of the three areas dementia friendly community forms 
Rachael said: “Everyone needs to be aware of fire risks but when a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining they may get forgetful, leaving burners on after cooking or letting pans boil over. 
“Phoning the fire service may not be the first thing you think of when you or someone you care for is diagnosed with dementia, but by making a free call to KFRS, we can provide practical advice and fit safety devices, such as smoke alarms and cooker shut off switches to help people stay safe and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.” 
The Dementia Adventure event is designed to encourage networking, understanding and to provide information for people living with dementia and the group. It runs from 10am to 3pm at Gravesend Rugby Football Club, Rectory Field, Donald Biggs Drive, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2TL. It is just one of the activities being supported by KFRS as part of Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014). 
Rachael added: “Please remember we are here to help, phone us free (from landlines) on 0800 923 7000 or come and talk to us on 21 May.” 
For more information about the event or to get involved please contact / 07730 750906 or to book a place at the event phone 01474 533990 
Notes to Editors: 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service, along with other fire and rescue services across the UK, have signed up to a pledge to help people with dementia live safely and independently for as long as possible by: 
Raising awareness of dementia among our staff – so far, over 200 members of KFRS staff have attended Dementia Friendly Awareness training 
Helping to ensure that families and carers are aware of the fire risks associated with the care and protection of people with dementia in their homes 
Raising awareness of home safety visits and other preventative measures available to help reduce the risk of fires and accidents in the homes of people with dementia 
Promoting the education and information resources available to those caring for people with dementia 
Promoting the use of simple design measures at the construction stage of building developments, so that people can stay independent and safe in their own homes for as long as possible 
Promoting the use of assistive technology that can enable people to stay independent and safe in their own homes for as long as possible 
Taking an active role in encouraging partners and local groups to create dementia-friendly communities
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