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Rough sleepers with smoke detectors

May 23 2009
Wiltshire scheme‘s survival packs aim to boost rough sleeper safety Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new scheme that will see smoke detectors included in survival kits that are being handed out to vulnerable adults in the Trowbridge area. So far, 40 kits have been distributed to service users of the Alabare Drop-in Centre in an attempt to provide a few essential items to those who most need them. As well as a smoke detector, the waterproof kits include items such as a sleeping bag, a towel, toilet roll, a flask, razors, a wind-up light, socks and tobacco. Co-ordinator of the scheme is Wiltshire Fire Service's group manager Steve Williams. He explained: "We have attended a number of fires in derelict buildings and there was a fatal fire involving a homeless man in Warminster just two years ago." The presence of a smoke detector in the kits was as a direct result of feedback from the streets. Mr Williams added: "Everything we're providing in the bags has been discussed with the people who will be using them. We want to help them to be safe from fire, safe from the elements and safe on the roads, and hopefully this will also lead to an improvement in their quality of life." In addition to providing some practical street safety, the new initiative is also designed to present vital information on where people are sleeping in the local area.