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housefire400If you have experienced a fire in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people – and help the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service – by taking part in an important online survey at 

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has linked up with eight other fire services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when encountering a fire at home. The findings will give a valuable insight to help fire services plan and develop their services and limit the impact of fires in the home.

Justin Harden, head of Community Risk Management at the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said:

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“If you have experienced a fire at home, whether it is yours or someone else’s, in the past 12 months then we want to hear from you. We are interested in all fires in the home, large or small, and whether the fire and rescue service attended or not.

“If you can spare a little time to fill in the survey you will be helping us and other local people in the future. It is all anonymous and we simply want you to tell us about your experience.

“We are pleased to be involved in this unique project, which will be rolled out nationally next year. Surprisingly there has been very limited research on how people behave during a fire in the home and the impact of the flames and smoke.”

If you have not had a fire yourself but know someone who has, please pass this on. For those who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using the web, please call (01622) 212422 to arrange to discuss other options for completing the survey.

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