New initiative needs volunteers

January 02 2014

COULD you play a vital role in helping Avon Fire & Rescue save lives?

COULD you play a vital role in helping Avon Fire & Rescue save lives?

The fire service is looking to recruit Community Champion Volunteers to promote the benefits of having a home safety check.

The checks, carried out by AF&RS, are free of charge and involve firefighters visiting people at home to discuss fire safety issues specific to their property and fitting free smoke alarms where required.

Community Champion Volunteers will be asked to spend around eight hours a month talking to local groups about the benefits of a home fire safety visit and encouraging people to sign up.

Referrals will be passed to AF&RS and home visits arranged.

The new initiative is being run in partnership with The Care Forum and the South Gloucestershire Volunteer Centre Partnership

Mick Dixon, AF&RS assistant chief fire officer, said volunteers will be providing a valuable service to local people by helping to increase fire safety awareness and prevent accidental fires.

We are keen to spread the fire safety message across our local communities and have developed the Community Champion Volunteer scheme as a way to ensure we can reach those most in need,” he said.

Community Champion volunteers have an important role to play in preventing fires and potentially saving lives.”

Volunteers are now being recruited through the South Gloucestershire Volunteer Centre Partnership. No qualifications or previous experience is needed and full training, a uniform and support will be given.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet a wide range of people and make a positive contribution to people’s safety.

Application packs and forms can be found at