Community warden Brian Dougal proved just how important his job is when he saved the life of a pensioner.
Brian, a warden in the Fife region, was out on his regular patrols when he heard the sound of a fire alarm. He jumped into action and managed to track the source of the alarm to a pensioner’s bungalow.
The brave warden could see that the living room was full of smoke and rushed into the building. He found resident Mr Kerr inside and managed to carry him to safety.
Brian said: “Adrenaline kicked in and I had to help. Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt.”
Resident Mr Kerr said: “It’s all a blur for me, but I know that without Brian I wouldn’t be here today.
“Words can’t show my appreciation to Brian and the community warden service.”
The community wardens are employed by Fife Council to be out and about in communities across the region, in an aim to make it a safer place to live. They work closely with the police, Fife Council and other agencies. They patrol local areas reporting problems, providing information, and advising residents on issues such as keeping doors locked and making sure outside lights are working.
The wardens can also handle more difficult situations such as noise, antisocial behaviour or crime by reporting it directly to the police. In some cases, they patrol problem areas up to 10pm.
Estates team leader Fiona MacGregor said: “Wardens work closely with residents and local services and, as the nights draw in, it’s even more important to keep communities safe.”