THE health and wellbeing of residents in Tameside is set to improve
with a new promise from New Charter Homes and Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service.
Both organisations have pledged to improve fire safety by working
more with communities to highlight risks and how they can be
They will target work around people who need it most to help change
behaviours including raising awareness of the dangers of smoking in
the home - one of the biggest causes of fires.
Tameside Borough Manager Jon Heydon said: "We're delighted to be
able to join forces with New Charter Homes.
"By working hand-in-hand with staff from New Charter we will be
able to target the people who need our help the most and raise
awareness of issues like smoking and drinking, which increase the
risk of suffering a fire in your home."
Through the new official agreement all reports of fires to New
Charter will be carefully monitored and evaluated with the fire
service to target resources around prevention. Work will also be
done to reduce the number of hoax calls.
The pledge is part of New Charter's neighbourhood plans to improve
the 'star-rating' of communities from the physical environment to
health, crime, education and tenants' income.
Emma Wilson, New Charter's Director of Communities, said: "We've
made some excellent progress in our neighbourhoods since we
launched our plans a year ago and around 50 per cent of areas now
have the best five-star rating.
"This new partnership agreement will build on the work we already
do with GMFRS to improve more of our communities."