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Suffolk's fire chiefs are congratulating care home staff and fire crews on the swift and efficient handling of a fi...
Suffolk's fire chiefs are congratulating care home staff and fire crews on the swift and efficient handling of a fire today.

Four crews from Suffolk CC's fire and rescue service raced to the scene of a fire, which occurred in one bedroom of a privately owned care home in Woodbridge early this afternoon. One wheelchair bound resident was safely removed from the scene of the fire by staff at the home. Two others, one of whom was also in a wheelchair, were rescued from adjoining rooms for their own comfort into a safe area.

Firefighters remained with and reassured another bed bound resident in a nearby room whilst other colleagues tackled the fire. The care home at Grove Court, Beach Way, Woodbridge, owned by a charitable trust, was also congratulated for its high standard of fire safety and for the calm and efficient way that staff there dealt with the incident.

Earlier this year, following a previous fire and loss of life at a care home in Glasgow and a similar incident in Cambridgeshire, fire officers in Suffolk visited a number of care homes in the county to carry out fire safety checks.

This sample of inspections suggested that, fire safety standards in Suffolk's care homes, is generally good and today's events support that conclusion. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service continues to work with care agencies to check and, where appropriate, enhance standards in these homes.

Assistant chief fire officer Graham Smith said:

'I'd like to praise crews attending this fire today and staff at Grove Court. We decided to check a sample of care homes in Suffolk following the devastating fire and tragic loss of life in Glasgow last year. '

'We made sure that all the care homes inspected met fire safety standards and staff were briefed on what to do in the event of a fire. Today's was a textbook exercise in that respect and we are pleased that it was carried out so swiftly and efficiently. The combination of appropriate fire protection measures and correct staff actions ensured the fire was dealt with effectively with minimum disruption to the residents.'

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