Fire Service keen to spread word

SHARE

Fire Service staff in South Canterbury are aiming to get out in the community more often to spread the safety message.
That was the word from South Canterbury fire risk management officer Craig Chambers to members of the safer communities committee at the Timaru District Council chambers last week.
Mr Chambers said the Fire Service was wanting to increase community engagement in an effort to share the safety message with more people.
The key message at this time was promoting working smoke alarms in all homes, he said.
Reduction of loss of life and property were also key areas the Fire Service in South Canterbury was looking at closely, Mr Chambers said.
He presented a range of local and national statistics to the meeting. In South Canterbury, 180 structure fires, 243 vegetation fires and 463 vehicle crashes were attended by firefighters in 2015.
South Canterbury was served by 14 fire stations and 45 trucks, he said.
Nationwide, there were 2000 paid and 8000 volunteer Fire Service staff, Mr Chambers said.