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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Over 65s Celebrate Course Completion

A group of over 65s will be presented with certificates and framed photographs at a ceremony to celebrate their completion of an Older Person’s Wellbeing course.

"Ensuring the well being of older people is a priority for us and the Community Safety Partnership."

Katherine Haigh, Risk Reduction Technician

The event will take place on Saturday 10th July at Brewood Fire Station from 5.00pm where firefighter Loren Hughes will give a speech to the course participants and their friends and family.

The course, which was funded by the South Staffordshire Community Safety Team, was aimed at educating older people in fire safety, home security and exercise and nutrition. The 12 participants enjoyed different weekly activities at Brewood Fire Station and a VIP tour to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s HQ in Stone.

Katherine Haigh, Risk Reduction Technician, said: "Ensuring the well being of older people is a priority for us and the Community Safety Partnership. It is particularly important here in South Staffordshire as we have such a high proportion of older people living in the area.

"The group thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the course, particularly the visit to the Fire and Rescue Service HQ – they were surprised about how much different work goes on behind the scenes at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service."

One of the course participants, Gladis Ryles said: "It’s been a marvellous experience, the HQ visit was very interesting - throughout the course we’ve learnt about fire safety, what to do in an emergency and about exercising."

Another participant, Ronald Marriott commented: "I’ve really enjoyed the company and I’d give the course top marks, I really recommend the course to other people."

Councillor Brian Edwards, Leader of South Staffordshire Council said: "This course has been lots of fun and was a great chance for older residents in Codsall, Bilbrook and other neighbouring villages to get together and get involved."
A further free course for over 65s is planned at Codsall Fire Station in July. If people are interested they should Katherine Haigh on 01785 898795.