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Fire Service launch community messaging system
HALTON residents can now receive important alerts from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service not only by text message but also by email and phone.
The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Alert System is a completely free two-way community messaging system allowing people to receive information about major incidents and news for all areas of the county.
The Service launched a SMS Text Messaging Service in 2007 and this is an enhanced version of that.
E-Communications manager Caroline Jones said: “While the SMS service has been a great success with over 1400 subscribers, our new Alert System offers a wider means of sending important information about what’s happening in areas relevant to the user. Often incidents have a very real impact on the lives of residents and workers and it is important we continue to develop ways in which we can let people know what is going on.
“We do work closely with the media but the Alert System offers us a fast and efficient way of providing basic updates and safety advice and I hope that as many Cheshire residents and business owners as possible take just a couple of minutes to register for this free service”.
The Alert system is totally free and really easy to use. Registration is on the Service’s website (www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/MyAccount) where people just need to complete an online form and choose what they would like to receive alerts about. Any or all of the following can be selected: • Alerts about major incidents and events in your area of Cheshire, both home and workplace • General news and information messages from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service • Alerts and fire safety news for local businesses • Alerts and news for the hard of hearing • Alerts about firefighter recruitment More than one area of Cheshire can be registered. For example people may wish to receive information for both the areas where they live and work, or where an elderly relative lives.
Alert is a secure community messaging service, powered and secured by the Neighbourhood Alert network. It enables people to receive messages not only from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service but also from Cheshire Police and Neighbourhood Watch
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