Training to spot the signs of alcohol misuse will be given in Portsmouth

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FIREFIGHTERS will get training to identify those whose use of alcohol could be increasing the risk of causing accidental fires in the home.

Today is the start of Portsmouth City Council’s Alcohol Awareness Week.

Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will receive training from the council in a bid to cut the number of alcohol-related fires.

Alan Knobel, alcohol strategy coordinator for the council, said: ‘Drinking in excess can damage your health including increasing your risk of liver disease.

‘If you’ve been drinking you might also be increasing your chances of starting a fire in your home or not being able to respond quickly enough if a fire takes hold.

‘By working in partnership with the fire service we can help residents who might be finding their drinking a problem to get the support they need.’

Southsea fire station is taking part in the scheme.

Station manager Mark Larrimore said: ‘Firefighters often deal with incidents where alcohol has been a contributing factor to the cause.

‘Firefighters will now be able to recognise signs of alcohol misuse and help provide services to residents to make them safer, including fitting smoke alarms and life-saving fire safety advice.’

To find out about alcohol and the impact it has on your liver, visit a roadshow tomorrow in the Asda store, in Fratton, between 10am and 4pm.