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A STOCKPORT partnership between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the Rotary Club means that hundreds of people are now safer in their homes.
The initiative has existed for many years and over the last 12 months Rotarians have visited homes and completed around 300 Home Safety Checks on behalf of GMFRS.
Research carried out in the borough identified those over the age of 65 as a high risk group - allowing the volunteers to target residents.
Station Manager Andy Ross, from Offerton Fire Station, said: "Since April 2013 local Rotary volunteers have carried out over 285 Home Safety Checks and have generated a further 100. This work has complimented the good work of our firefighters and prevention staff and results have been excellent!
"In the wards that the Rotarians targeted there have been no casualties in the over 65s 'middle class' sub group - which gives some impact on the work they have carried out.
"GMFRS would just like to say a huge thank you for the excellent work that the Rotary do for us and helping us make Stockport a safer place to live and we are looking forward to a long lasting partnership between the two organisations."
The four Rotary clubs that have worked with GMFRS are Gatley, Bramhall and Woodford, Marple and Goyt Valley and Stockport Lamplighters.
For more information on the Rotary visit www.Rotary.org
Photo - left to right on the pic Derek de Belder, Mel Edge, Colin Edge, Station Manager Andy Ross, John Sykes, Trevor Saville, Ron Malabon