Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded £5,000 by the Electrical Safety Council to go towards a brand new community safety vehicle.
"The vehicle will be great for when we’re out and about in the community, particularly at events as the main fire engines can sometime get sent to emergency incidents."
Watch Manager, Neil Cheshire
The vehicle will allow Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to engage with the local community about electrical fire safety and other fire safety awareness; it will also be used to help to deliver the Junior Firefighters Scheme.
Out of 169 applications received by the Electrical Safety Council, only 23 were successful in securing funding and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is one of a few who have been awarded the full sum requested.
The Electrical Safety Council set aside £100,000 to help fund electrical fire safety projects and said that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were successful due to the clear objectives outlined to support fire prevention.
Lorraine Carney, Campaign Manager at the Electrical Safety Council said: "Our charity is all about helping people to stay safe: we are delighted to work with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s project, which targets high risk and vulnerable groups and reaches a wide range of local people.
"It was obvious that a lot of people would benefit from having this vehicle and this is something which aided our decision to award Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the funding."
The vehicle will come equipped with a flat screen TV enabling firefighters to screen safety messages and presentations when attending events.
Watch Manager, Neil Cheshire said: "We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded this funding. The vehicle will be great for when we’re out and about in the community, particularly at events as the main fire engines can sometime get sent to emergency incidents. It will also allow us to continue with our Junior Firefighters scheme, as the current vehicle is coming to the end of its life span."
The Stoke-on-Trent City Council administered Safer City Partnership has also provided funding of around £42,000 for the vehicle.
Councillor Ross Irving, cabinet member for community safety, partnerships and the Local Strategic Partnership, said: "The Safer City Partnership in Stoke-on-Trent is delighted to support this venture by providing funding for the new vehicle and the Junior Firefighter scheme. The Fire and Rescue Service continues to be a key partner in our drive to improve community safety across the city and we believe that these initiatives will make a significant contribution."
Key messages Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service hope to promote regarding electrical safety are:
• Do not overload sockets
• Do not leave electrical items turned on when they are not being used
• Do not run cables under rugs or carpets
• Ensure any faults are repaired professionally
• Make sure the correct fuses are used when replacing plug fuses