Combined venture to better support community

Darfield chief fire officer Alan Kittelty and community response team leader Andrea Horton-Gaskin...
Darfield chief fire officer Alan Kittelty and community response team leader Andrea Horton-Gaskin will work together to better support the community.
Two Darfield emergency groups are teaming up to better support the community,

The Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade and Darfield Community Response Team have decided to work together to help the Malvern community prepare for an emergency.

The fire brigade and response team have agreed on a partnership to help fulfil Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the district council’s civil defence responsibilities in the area.

“Working together and combining resources will help us to create a more resilient community by delivering shared messaging and encouraging people to look after each other,” response team leader Andrea Horton-Gaskin said.

“Our initial focus will be a pilot targeting people who are most likely to be isolated and cut off in an emergency, offering key Civil Defence emergency preparedness and home fire safety advice.

“Following the pilot we will be rolling out a further programme around home fire safety and emergency preparedness. The teams will be visiting local groups such as the Probus and day club as well as the senior citizens group to meet local residents and speak to them about the key things we need to do to be ready for an emergency,” she said.

District council community resilience co-ordinator Sue Jenkins said Fire and Emergency NZ came to them with the idea.

“We were approached by FENZ about teaming up to help spread safety messages and we were keen to be a part of it. Our council Civil Defence team does a lot of work promoting civil defence and being prepared for emergencies and FENZ also does a lot of community engagement promoting fire safety so working together was a good opportunity.

“Anything that promotes education on safety and helps strengthen the community to be prepared for emergencies and fires and to get through them is a valuable thing for us to be involved in and we’re looking forward to the pilot programme and how it will help to achieve that,” she said.






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