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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Multi-faith Conference Huge Success

11/11/2010

Rev Sally Smith from St Michael’s Church in Stone, Frankie Durairatnam from Malaysian Tamil in Stafford, Rev Raymond Cummins the Minister of Cheadle Methodist Circuit and Rev Debra Roughton from St James New Chapel in Stoke.

Over 80 people attended a multi-faith fire safety awareness event organised by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at the Service Headquarters today. The attendees were from organisations representing a wide range of faith groups including Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

"This really has the potential to save lives and to improve the lives of those we serve."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

The death of an elderly lady in a fire at her home on News Year Day was the driving force behind the event. 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.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford commented: "It is vitally important for us to be able to identify those who need our help, so that we can help to provide the support that will improve their well-being.  Members of faith communities are invariably in regular contact with the more vulnerable and can help us by making referrals to key organisations.  This really has the potential to save lives and to improve the lives of those we serve."

Reverend Sally Smith from St Michael’s Church in Stone said: "I think the conference has helped to develop a stronger network of people whose aim is to work together for the good of the community."

Saltbox Director Lloyd Cooke said: "The conference proved to be really positive and worthwhile and I was delighted to see faith groups so upbeat about developing stronger links in order to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities."

Delegates received a number of presentations from key organisations including Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and were also given the opportunity to work in groups to identify and solve problems relating to hazards in the home.

The conference also provided an opportunity to showcase the latest technology that is on the market to assist elderly and vulnerable individuals to live more securely and safely in their home whilst at the same time improving their health and wellbeing.

Following the success of the event and the number of individuals showing an interest in the conference, additional sessions will be organised in the New Year. To express an interest please contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 08451 22 11 55 and ask to speak to the risk reduction officer for your area.