OPINION: Sure to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee – Harrogate Firefighter Kirsty Shepherd

Kirsty Shepherd will represent Pateley Bridge at Buckingham Palace next year.

Crews have been called to house fires, road accidents, vehicle fires and even floods. One thing I’ve learned on this job is that you can never predict what incident you’ll be called to next.

The other night, a crew responded to reports of a woman whose finger got stuck in a wall-mounted flush button at a bar in Harrogate. The woman had tried to press the flush button with her knuckle as her long artificial nails prevented her from pressing the button in the normal way!

On the same night, the crew drove to a traffic accident on the A1, in which several vehicles involved were reported. Luckily, everyone was off the vehicles upon arrival and the crews made the scene safe. On another day, crews responded to reports of a crane on fire. The quick thinking driver used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire prior to our arrival. We used water to cool the overheated wheel bearings and prevent backfire.

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When we’re not busy training or responding to firefighter response, we go to the community and provide free prevention advice to help you stay safe at home.

Recently was the ‘Dementia Action Week’ which aims to encourage people to ‘take action against dementia’.

Dementia doesn’t matter how old you are as more than 40,000 people with dementia in the UK are under the age of 65. However, in people aged 80 and older, the majority of related home fires are caused by misuse of appliances or appliances.

To protect loved ones with dementia, firefighters can come to their homes and provide free fire safety advice. We can also advise you on general health and well-being, avoiding falls indoors and keeping your home warm.

You can book a free visit by going to www.northyorksfire.gov.uk (go to ‘Your Safety’ then ‘Book a Safe and Well Visit’) or by calling our Fire Safety Advice Line on 01609 788545 . Or why don’t you go with me? to Skipton Fire Station, which hosts regular Dementia Coffee Mornings on Thursdays. Her next one will be on Thursday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

There are also many wonderful local support groups in Harrogate District that you can ask for help such as: B. Dementia Forward, a local charity supporting people living with dementia and their families in North Yorkshire. You can call the Dementia Forward hotline on 03300 578592 to ask questions and get help accessing a range of supports and services.

I’m sure many of us are looking forward to the four day bank holiday weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June. Many amazing local events are planned in our open green spaces in the Harrogate District – see the Guide section of the newspaper or the Neighborhood News section.

Let’s hope for good weather and above all let’s celebrate carefree! If you’re going to a green space or park, we recommend bringing a picnic rather than using disposable grills (most places prohibit grilling at their event).

If you’re having a street party, make sure your grill isn’t near sheds, fences, trees, shrubs, or yard debris. Never leave a grill unattended and have a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose ready for emergencies. Dump the ashes on bare garden soil, not in dustbins or dustbins. When hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.

Always call 999 if you see an uncontrolled fire. And more importantly, I hope you’re all enjoying the Platinum Anniversary weekend!

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