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Gentoo customer, Holly, given Community Safety Award


Published by LauraMcKinlay for Gentoo Group in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Housing

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A brave eleven year old girl has been rewarded by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for her bravery and efforts to keep her community safe from fires.

Holly Outhwaite, from Doxford Park, Sunderland, received a certificate from the Fire Service for raising the alarm to her mum Belinda, after seeing signs of a fire started by anti-social behaviour. Since then, Holly has continued to look out for potential fire hazards as she knows how destructive fire can be. For her bravery Holly was presented with a Community Safety Awareness certificate by Watch Manager Mark Phelan during a surprise visit to Farringdon Fire Station, where she was given a VIP tour.

Holly’s mum, Belinda Outhwaite, said: “We’re all very proud of Holly. Thank you to the officers at Farringdon Station and to Gentoo for helping to organise the surprise. Holly was totally unaware what was going to happen so it was a fantastic surprise. She was so overwhelmed she couldn’t speak!”

Deputy Director of Gentoo Sunderland, Lucy Malarkey, said: “Christmas can be a potentially hazardous time of year for fires, so it’s great to see one of our young customer’s doing so much to keep her community safe. Holly has shown huge consideration for her neighbours in Doxford Park and should be very proud.”

Station Manager Jeff Wilkinson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Attending Anti-Social Behaviour fires of this nature is a huge drain on resources and the quick actions of Holly ensured a swift response from the Fire and Rescue Service and prevented further escalation of the fire.  These are reckless acts which potentially could lead to injury and death; not only to those starting the fires but to families still living in the area and put firefighters at risk.  I would urge those responsible to think about the possible consequences of their actions and not to start fires in the future.”

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