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Taking Fire Safety to the Traveller Community
Members of the Gypsy and Traveller community have been taught basic fire safety in a bid to reduce small-scale incidents at sites. The training, delivered by Paul Dean, Watch Manager for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, has been provided in an attempt to prevent small fires from growing into bigger ones at events such as the Appleby Horse Fair.

Billy Welch and his team, who manage the historic Fair Hill site in Appleby, received the training in how to reduce and control fires, which can often spread extremely quickly when it comes to caravans and vehicles parked close together – as is often the case at such events.

Mr Dean, who oversaw the training, said: “The training involved instructing the Gypsy and Traveller community in maintaining public safety on the Fair Hill site by being able and willing to undertake the ‘first attack’ principal, to prevent small fires growing into larger fires.

“The training involved giving instruction in how to use portable extinguishers to put out small fires e.g. rubbish fires, bin fires, BBQs or campfires which may spread and could threaten to get out of control.”

As well as reducing the risk of fires starting at the Fair, the training is also aimed at cutting the number of call-outs the Fire service have to deal with each year related to easily manageable fire incidents on site in Appleby, Cumbria.

The initiative, which saw a number of extinguishers handed out, also aims to lessen the number of emergency vehicles needed to make progress through what is always a very busy town, but one that gets significantly busier with both people and horses during the annual event, held at the start of June.

For more information about fire prevention, call us on 0845 4592300 or email us on info@drax.co.uk

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