Pictured here are the people behind the new scheme
Pictured here are the people behind the new scheme

FIREFIGHTERS in Cheshire have been equipped with pocket sized ‘Emergency Signs’ cards to help them communicate with deaf people.

Containing basic sign language graphics, the cards are designed to help firefighters and the deaf community to understand each other quickly and effectively in an emergency.

Evan Morris, head of community safety at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are always looking to ways to better the service we give to the deaf community and these cards will help to provide a valuable link between residents who are deaf or hard of hearing and our fire crews.”

“The cards are available to people from the deaf community from any local Deafness Support Network centre, or Cheshire fire station. Alternatively text 07624 808 300 and one will be sent out to you.”

The service also provides a text alert system for the deaf or hard of hearing as a way of keeping people informed of safety campaigns, major incidents or events in their area.

Deaf or hard of hearing residents can also arrange a free home safety check by texting 07624 808 300.

To receive the free text messages, register by visiting the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website.