Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging representatives from religious groups to attend a multi-faith conference.
"We want to help people identify vulnerable people and refer them to us so we can take the necessary steps to help that person."
Group Manager, Keith Stubbs
The death of an elderly lady in a fire on News Year Day has been the driving force behind the event, which will be held on November 11th from 9am – 1.30pm at Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Stone.
65 year old Gillian Bromley died at her Stafford home on New Years Day and it was later discovered her only community link was with the church.
Group Manager, Keith Stubbs said: "The idea of the multi-faith conference is to build further relationships and links with anyone who visits people’s homes, such as vicars or priests and pastoral workers.
"They can act as eyes and ears for the emergency services and Social Care and Health, as they may be the only contact a vulnerable person has. We want to help people identify vulnerable people and refer them to us so we can take the necessary steps to help that person."
Representatives from all faith organisations are invited to attend the conference which will involve a workshop based around the Olive Branch initiative (see notes to Editor) to raise awareness of fire safety. The conference will also see input from the Police regarding security and Social Care and Health regarding in-home alerters.
Lunch will be provided at the conference and anyone who is interested in attending should contact Alex Gerrard on 01785 898965.