Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire County Council are proud to announce the launch of eight brand new vans for the Derbyshire Handy Van network.
The Handy Van Network provides practical support to help older and vulnerable people to live independently in their own home. The new fleet will ensure that the dedicated team of operatives are on the road and ready to visit the homes of those eligible, to provide the following:
- conduct home fire safety checks
- provide and install smoke alarm
- conduct security checks
- provide and install security equipment
- offer energy efficiency advice
- advice on fall prevention
- conduct practical DIY tasks –
- changing light bulbs
- securing carpets and rugs
- removing and hanging curtains
- checking stair rails are secure and appropriate
- path and door access clearance.
The brand new fleet of vans was launched at the 4th Handy Van Awards event, held at Fire Service Headquarters on Tuesday, 10th March.
The well attended event recognises not only the operatives who deliver the service, but also the providers who manage the networks throughout the county.
The categories and winners were:
Operative of the Year:
Winner Colin Summers
Runner up Michael Curtis
Provider of the Year:
Runner up South Derbyshire Community Volunteer Service
Going beyond the call of duty:
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Special Recognition:
Metropolitan Countywide Service
Speaking of Colin Summers, Handy Van operative of the year winner, one recipient of the service said: “Mr Summers always goes beyond the call of duty and his cheery outlook is a pleasure to see – non better”.
For more information about the Handy Van service visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/handy_van_service