Community Alarms have just got even safer
Elderly and vulnerable residents in East Ayrshire are set to benefit from the launch of a ground-breaking system which will link smoke detectors to the community alarm system within service users’ home.
The linked smoke detectors are a valuable enhancement to the service already being provided to service users. When the detector senses smoke it gives a loud audible warning and immediately contacts East Ayrshire Council’s Risk Management Centre where trained operators can contact the service user and alert the Emergency Services. The Council’s team of Mobile Personal Carers can also be dispatched to assist in emergency situations.
Chris McAleavey, Head of Housing said: “This is a valuable addition to our Community Alarm Service and an excellent example of partnership working between the Council, the Community Planning Partnership Board and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. Most people now recognise that it is essential to have a smoke alarm fitted within their homes to keep themselves and their families safe. This system provides reassurance to elderly and vulnerable residents and helps them to feel safer within their own home.”
Paul Tanzilli, Area Commander from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “Strathclyde Fire and Rescue is delighted to be participating in this Telecare initiative which will enhance community safety, with the introduction of a smoke detection system as part of the safety package provided to an identified group of East Ayrshire residents. It is an example of how the public sector can work well together, ensuring that we provide an improved service with the objective of reducing the impact of fire on our community.”
The new smoke detectors are being rolled out by the Community Planning Partnership Board with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to 3,800 community alarm users in East Ayrshire.