A TEAM of Rotarians have celebrated their first year of working
with their local fire station to help people in Altrincham be safer
in their homes.
Inspired by a similar project in Stockport, the Rotary Club of
Altrincham teamed up with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service (GMFRS) just over a year ago to create a special
partnership that has since gone from strength to strength.
Following a meeting with Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk and
staff from Trafford Borough, Rotarians John Edwards, Iain Bannerman
and Robert Strachan put themselves forward to join the Service's
volunteering project and help to make a difference in their local
The trio received training by GMFRS' community safety teams in
Trafford and were kitted out with the volunteer uniform before
hitting the streets of Altrincham to carry out Home Safety Checks
HSCs are carried out across Greater Manchester by crews,
community safety teams and volunteers and involve talking to
residents in their own homes about fire safety, checking for
potential dangers and risks, and sometimes fitting or replacing
smoke alarms to ensure residents are as safe as possible in their
The Rotary volunteers - who are all retired - have been
attending specific community events in Trafford in order to
generate their own HSCs as well as receiving referrals from the
main GMFRS Contact Centre - and they've been enjoying every minute
John, who is President of the Rotary Club for 2012/13, said: "At
the moment the fire service is focusing on high risk and targeting
more socially deprived areas where there's usually an increased
level of fires in the home.
"So having volunteers like us to back up the work in other areas
and carry out HSCs in less deprived areas means that as a Service
we are able to reach as many people as possible with fire safety
Robert, 2012/13 District Governor for the club, said: "When we
complete HSCs and give advice to people about keeping themselves
safe, we leave with a feeling that we have done something
"The scheme is a good fit with the ideals of Rotary
International and it's one of the best community service projects
I've ever been involved in."
Altrincham Station Manager Kevin Brogden said: "The Rotary
volunteers are brilliant - they give 100 per cent to everything
they take part in and they do a fantastic job.
"They have been getting into supermarkets asking for stalls to
offer HCSs and getting out in the community to give fire safety
advice while raising the profile of Rotary.
"We have a great relationship with the Rotary Club of Altrincham
and the volunteers and I'm looking forward to building on that
partnership in the future."