Doncaster schemes win fire cash

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Thousands of Doncaster’s most vulnerable people will be made safer thanks to a fire funding windfall.

In total, 19 charities, community groups and health partners from across the county were awarded a total of £700,000 under the second round of South Yorkshire Fire Authority’s Safer Stronger Communities Reserve fund. Of these, four schemes are in Doncaster with several more county-wide initiatives.

The scheme, now in its second year, is the only fire service-backed grant scheme of its kind anywhere in the country. A total of 64 bids were received for the fund, which had been set aside from the Authority’s reserves, before these were whittled down to the final shortlist.

Deputy chief fire officer John Roberts, said: “Fires have been falling steadily in South Yorkshire for many years and the county is safer now than it has been at any time in its history. But for as long as people continue to suffer the devastating effects of fires, there will always be more work to do. The best way for us to further reduce emergency incidents is to work with partners like those which have applied for support from this grant scheme. It’s these organisations which can help us reach the most vulnerable people in our communities. A particular focus for us in coming years is the wider positive impact the fire and rescue service can make in our communities.”