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New fire safety promise to improve communities

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Published by KDavison for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Care and Support, Housing

Signing the promise: (L-R) New Charter Housing Trust Group Chief Executive Ian Munro and Tameside Borough Manager Jon Heydon Signing the promise: (L-R) New Charter Housing Trust Group Chief Executive Ian Munro and Tameside Borough Manager Jon Heydon

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 prevented.

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 the biggest causes of fires.

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.”

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.”

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