GB volleyballers press button on campaign

Britain’s women volleyballers took time out of their busy schedules to back the fire service’s smoke alarm drive.

The volleyballers, who lived at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s training centre ahead of becoming the first British women’s team to win an Olympic match, have signed-up to a new smoke alarm testing reminder service.

The free Press The Button service gives residents weekly or monthly online reminders to test their smoke alarms.

Firefighters have been to dozens of house fires in the last three years where the alarm battery was missing or flat.

Lucy Wicks, volleyball team vice-captain, said: “Having spent 12 weeks living and working alongside firefighters in South Yorkshire, we saw the amount of training they undertake to prepare for dealing with emergencies.”

“That’s why we’re backing this campaign to make people safer and we’d encourage as many people as possible in South Yorkshire to sign-up.”

Diane Malpass, head of community safety, added: “Only working smoke alarms save lives. We know how easy it is to forget to test your batteries, but by signing up to this free service we promise to give you a regular, gentle reminder which may one day save your life.”