South Wales Fire and Rescue Service strengthens relationships with Somali Community 

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) was privileged to host an event in partnership with Red Sea House, a scheme developed through Taff Housing Association, and welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Vaughan Gething AM.

The event acknowledged the hard work that has been invested in providing fire safety for residents, as well as building trusted relationships with residents within the Somali community living in the Butetown area of Cardiff.

Red Sea House is a scheme of 15 self-contained flats, which were originally developed in 2002 and designed with the senior Somali Community in mind. It is a residential dwelling which caters to the needs of its tenants and has support staff on site to assist with tasks, so that the residents can live comfortably.

Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “Making people safer across South Wales is our raison d’etre, and we have been working closely with the Somali community and Taff Housing to help educate people to live their life free from fire. We now have built a relationship with the community based on trust and we plan on continuing this relationship in Cardiff and across South Wales.”

Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport said, “It was fantastic to see how a collaboration between South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Taff Housing Association, residents of Red Sea House and the wider community, has made such an impact at Red Sea House. Through the involvement of all the various partners, there is now a policy in place which directly meets the needs of the residents of Red Sea House and allows Taff Housing, and other services to respond better to these needs. I look forward to hearing more about the impact of this work and about future partnership working between authorities and associations in my constituency.”

The event was organised by Red Sea House’s Scheme Manager Abdi Sugulle and Taff Housing’s Chief Executive Elaine Ballard. Both Mr Sugulle and Ms Ballard, praised the joint work and commitment shown by all organisations involved and emphasised the importance of working together to make housing in Cardiff safer by reducing risk of fires.

Abdi Sugulle, Scheme Manager at Red Sea House added, “The reason why we are holding this Event is to thank the station, its staff and management for their tireless work and support to red Sea House and the wider community, but also it’s an opportunity for us all to strengthen our interactions and mutual ties to promote the importance of community safety.”

The presentation was held at Cardiff Central Fire Station and had a number of guest speakers, including Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Dahir, Leader of Al-Noor Mosque, SWFRS’ Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway, Vaughan Gething AM, and Station Commander Mark Watt of Cardiff Central Fire Station, who accepted a trophy of appreciation on behalf of the station.

Mark Watt, Station Commander at Cardiff Central Fire Station ended the presentation by stating, “Today marks the start of our journey with the Somali community and the Iman community within South Wales, especially Cardiff. It’s good to help the elders of the community and we now want to take this forward to engage with all members of the Somali community within the Butetown area.

“Ultimately, we’d like this to end up with some of the youth from the Somali youth clubs attending our young firefighters at Roath fire station and equally, why not join in the fire service as a Whole-time firefighter or in one of the many other roles available through South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.”

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