Firefighters are heroes whatever the weather
THERE was a big contrast between my recent visit to Marlow Fire Station and the time of the terrible winter flooding which affected Marlow and other places in the Beaconsfield constituency.
It was a good opportunity to thank the members of the Fire and Rescue Service once again for all that they did to help people whose homes and businesses were flooded.
I saw them in action then, doing all they could, by using pumps and other equipment, to prevent further properties from being inundated and damaged.
In July 2015, I might not have needed wellington boots, but there were plenty of reminders of how the Fire and Rescue workload continues all year round, with different challenges.
Around the time I visited, a crew dealt with a car in Marlow which had an oil spill, for which they deployed a specialised environmental pack to minimise damage.
Another crew dealt with a problem with a bonfire at Denham.
There are many call-outs to fire alarms and the service responds to reports from concerned members of the public.
Fire prevention is an important part of the work of the service, with advice available on the http://bucksfire.gov.uk website about a range of issues.
One example is the safety of washing machines and tumble driers, which can be a fire hazard, so there is advice about how to maintain them to reduce the risks.
It is also possible to book a free home fire risk check, which takes about 20 minutes to half an hour.
This can be arranged by emailing cs@ bucksfire.gov.uk or telephoning 01296 744 477.
Although there is a waiting list because this is a popular service, it will provide an assessment of any risks, with the chance to ask questions – and the staff member carrying out the assessment will be able to fit free smoke alarms with a sealed battery, which will operate for 10 years.
A reminder, too, to check smoke alarms regularly, because they can save lives.