Generous fire service staff are backing food banks in South Yorkshire this Christmas, by making bumper festive donations.
Food has been collected across South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue premises, including its Sheffield headquarters, and is being delivered to food banks across the county, including those in Rotherham and Doncaster.
The service says that partnering with food banks allows it to give vital fire safety information to people who need it the most.
Food bank visitors are encouraged to refer themselves for a home safety check, whereby fire service staff visit a person’s home, explain to them how to make it safer and fit smoke alarms for free if needed. Dozens have signed up so far.
Fire safety officers also hold regular drop in sessions, giving face-to-face safety and fire prevention advice to service users and their families.
Area Manager Steve Helps, said: “House fires have reduced massively in the last decade, but sadly the people who are most likely to suffer a fire are also often the hardest to reach with fire safety information. That’s why it’s important that we work closely with partners, like local food banks, so that we can continue reduce deaths and injuries in accidental house fires.”