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Fire Safety Spreads to the Church

Curates from around the County are set to become more vigilant to fire safety in the home thanks to a training session which is being run by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“It is our priority to ensure that all members of the community are safe in their homes. Curates will be able to use their new fire safety knowledge to ensure that not only they are safe from fire at home – but also the vulnerable people in their local communities."

Nine curates from around Staffordshire will each benefit from taking part in the ‘Olive Branch’ training.

‘Olive Branch’, will be conducted by Lichfield Risk Reduction Manager Carmel Warren at Shallowford House this week. The training session will involve a presentation which aims to increase the awareness of fire safety issues in the home meaning that fire hazards can be identified immediately – potentially saving the lives of many elderly and vulnerable people.

“Many older people are visited by clergy in their homes and have trust in the church therefore Curates are in an ideal position to identify those people in need of a home fire risk check – that simple check may be a life saver. “

Director of Communications for the Bishop and Diocese of Lichfield, Mr Gavin Drake said “Parish Clergy live in the area they serve and are in a unique position to develop a relationship of trust with the people they minister to. With their home visits they have the potential to identify potential risks to elderly and vulnerable people.

“Many of our clergy have had to help people deal with the devastating after-effects of fire in the home. This scheme will reduce the potential for fires and help save lives and prevent misery; so we’re delighted that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are able to deliver fire safety training to our Curates – new clergy at the start of their ordained ministry.”