A TENACIOUS group of firefighters from Stockport ensured
that a young family were provided with better quality housing after
finding they were living in poor conditions.
Crews from Green Watch from the fire station on King Street went
out to a routine Home Safety Check in the Heaton Norris area.
The residents had accepted the offer of a Home Safety Check and
the firefighters found it was a converted cellar underneath an
end-terrace house that was being used as a flat.
Station Manager Chris Mycock said: "Soon after arrival, crews
raised some concerns regarding the living accommodation in terms of
both fire safety and the standard of living for the young family,
which included a one-year-old child whose parents were 18 and
"More detailed information was gathered from the occupier and
passed onto Stockport Council Emergency Housing Department via the
Stockport Fire Protection Team for a follow up visit.
"Stockport Housing sent a representative who was also concerned
about the living standards and resulted in the family being put
forward for better housing."
Watch Manager Carlos Meakin, who was in charge of Stockport
Green Watch on the day, said: "There was limited ventilation with a
damp smell and very cramped accommodation.
"I was concerned for the health of the young child due to the
conditions and felt that if a fire was to occur there would be a
very slim chance of everyone getting out safely."
PICTURED: Stockport Green Watch.
The landlord of the house the family were living in is now
working with the council to bring it up to a suitable standard or
prohibit it from use as a place to live.
Chris added: "This has highlighted how working with other
agencies can have a positive result for the people of Stockport and
for this young family in particular.
"Credit should go to the initial crew who highlighted their
concerns for the child and it is through their tenacity,
professionalism and genuine concern for the public which has
resulted in an improved standard of living for the young
"This also puts us another step further towards our goal as an
organisation which is to improve the quality of life for the people
of Greater Manchester."
Among the fire safety issues Carlos and his crews identified
during the visit in February were:
â€¢ No fire door between the cellar stairs leading to house above
or anywhere in living accommodation
â€¢ A locked door at top of cellar stairs to the outside preventing
escape this way
â€¢ The door separating bedroom from living room did not fit into
frame and was not a fire door - so offered no protection in a
â€¢ Should a fire occur in the kitchenette/living room area there was
no alternative escape route
â€¢ Only one heat detector was fitted near kitchenette prior to the
Home Safety Check (but two detectors were fitted by Green