christmas-dinnerFire crews are teaming up with local Co-op stores to cook a Christmas Day meal for the most vulnerable members of their community and their carers on Christmas Day.

Five fire stations are joining forces with the convenience store retailer and Healthy London Partnership, to bring together lonely and vulnerable people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Crews will be cooking the food provided by the Co-op stores.

Volunteers from both the Brigade and Co-op will also be helping to cook and will take over if the crews, who will also be on duty, are called out to an emergency.

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly, said: “Our Christmas cook up is about much more than turkey and all the trimmings; it’s about building a lasting relationship with our most vulnerable residents and opening up our stations and services to the communities we serve.

“The role of a firefighter is no longer just about putting fires out, it’s about stopping them from happening in the first place. Just over half of people who died in accidental fires in London last year were receiving care services and often simple measures like fire retardant bedding or a smoke alarm would have saved their life.

“Firefighters across London are working hard to reduce the risks for those who are most vulnerable.”

Diners will be given a Christmas hamper which will include a smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm, and a commitment to deliver a follow-up home fire safety visit at a later date.