Fire Service Works Alongside Charity To Engage With Adults With Learning Disabilities

Firefighters have been working alongside learning disabilities charity, Hft Bradford, to help spread safety messages to potentially vulnerable people in the community.

Bradford firefighter Matthew Swales was recently interviewed by members of Radio 119 – a radio station run by adults with learning disabilities, which airs on Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB) Radio 106.6 FM.

Their interview is due to air today, Thursday (May 21) at 11.30 am.

Firefighter Swales said: “It was great to have members of Radio 119 visit the fire station to interview me.

“They were very interested in the different aspects of life as a firefighter and asked some good questions.

“Obviously the fire service’s aim is to spread our safety messages across all sectors of the community and we feel this is a great way to engage with a diverse range of people.”

Hft Operations Manager, Glenn Stocks said: “Everyone at Radio 119 enjoyed learning about Matthew and his life as a firefighter. Interviews like this have given the people we support the opportunity to learn more about different people in their community, and the chance for the public to hear exactly what people with learning disabilities can achieve.”

More information about Radio 119, visit http://www.hft.org.uk/Our-locations/Northern-England/Hft-Bradford/Our-work/