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Firefighters involved in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

  • Summary

    - In Bolton, fire crews have placed a special focus on trying to keep babies and toddlers safe.
    - The Fire and Rescue Service distributes cots and Moses baskets to vulnerable families to try to reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
    - Plans are in place to adapt the home safety checks service to place more emphasis on keeping the under-five’s safe.
    The Fire and Rescue Service in Bolton is helping babies and toddlers sleep safely by distributing cots and Moses baskets to vulnerable families in the community. The campaign, Safe Start, is a joint initiative between Bolton Council, the Bolton arm of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the charity Urban Outreach, and is now in its second year.
    In the first 18 months 140 cots were distributed by community safety advisers to families who have babies under the age of 18 months and did not have a safe place to sleep. The project was launched in a bid to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Every year 300 babies across the country die suddenly and unexpectedly in their

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Contact Name

Derek Dempster

Job Title

Community Safety Manager

Contact Email Address

dempsterd@manchesterfire.gov.uk

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