Over 100 Sergeants and Police Community Support Officers from the Trent Division area are to receive specialist training from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to help identify and support vulnerable people.
Training will be delivered over five separate sessions at Lichfield Police Station in May, June and August under the service’s Olive Branch initiative. Olive Branch provides training for people who, through their work, enter the homes of vulnerable people. It helps them to identify signs of fire risk and investigate whether the property has a smoke alarm. Individuals living in properties where there is an identifiable risk are then referred to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who will conduct a FREE home fire risk check on the building and fit smoke alarms where necessary. Hundreds of social care and health workers have been trained by the service to assess fire safety risks when they go into homes in the past three years.
"Since Olive Branch was launched more than 1,000 people across the Staffordshire have received essential fire safety support. This initiative has a positive impact on peoples’ lives as it provides them with a sense of security in their home. Sometimes, just knowing help is available can make all the difference."
Lichfield Risk Reduction Manager, Carmel Warren
The training sessions at Lichfield Police Station will take place on May 20, June 17 and August 12 with police staff from Uttoxeter, Tamworth, Chasetown, Burton and Lichfield in attendance.
Selwyn Burton, Chief Inspector of Staffordshire Police said: "We work very closely with our emergency partners and are very much aware of the need to work together to make sure that vulnerable members of the community are safeguarded, protected and given the help and support they need. Training is of the highest importance and this latest course underlines the intense training our officers have already received to work effectively in the community."