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'Dementia friendly' Fire and Rescue Services

Communities across the East Midlands are aiming to become more 'dementia friendly'.

The Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Services are among the organisations taking measures to become 'dementia friendly' as part of a new drive to make life better for people living with the condition.

Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Services are to become 'dementia friendly' Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Plans include training staff about dementia and installing water-mist sprinkler-systems in the homes of people with the condition to decrease the risk of fire caused by household appliances.

The Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service has already credited its 'dementia friendly' water-mist system with saving the life of one man on two separate occasions.

Mac the dog qualifies for search and rescue service

Mac the dog, Labrador Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service have revealed their latest recruit – Mac the search and rescue dog.

Mac, a two and a half-year-old Labrador, is now fully qualified as a UK Fire Service search dog after passing his final tests with "flying colours".

From today, he will be available to help people who are trapped under or within buildings which have collapsed after natural disasters, gas explosions or terrorist incidents.