Fire safety help for the hard of hearing

L-R: Councillor Robert MacIntyre, Chris Armitage from Argyll and Bute social services, Elaine Garman from NHS Highland, Colin MacColl, Anthony McLarney and David Millward from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

L-R: Councillor Robert MacIntyre, Chris Armitage from Argyll and Bute social services, Elaine Garman from NHS Highland, Colin MacColl, Anthony McLarney and David Millward from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Around 30 Bute homes have been fitted with smoke alarms designed for those hard of hearing, praised as “a life saver”.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) officers began installing the devices two years ago as part of a joint initiative between NHS Highland public health, Argyll and Bute social services and the SFRS, who have contributed to a shared pot of money to fund the installations.

Colin MacColl, a community safety advocate with the SFRS, said: “This device is a fantastic piece of kit, and a real life saver. It’s a great help in keeping people with deafness or impaired hearing safe.”

Anyone who feels the system would help them can contact the social services sensory impairment team on 01269 708484.