Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating Carers Week, 13th-19th June, by offering carers free fire safety awareness training.
"Carers are in people’s homes on a daily basis and so they are in an ideal position to identify those who are vulnerable and may be at risk from fire."
Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele
The Service is offering its Olive Branch training to all carers who work with elderly or vulnerable people. The training includes identifying and dealing with fire hazards in the home and how to refer people for a free Home Fire Risk Check. The training takes just one and half hours and carers receive a certificate of completion for attending the course.
Bookings are now being taken for the courses which are taking place at:
Sandyford Community Fire Station on Thursday 7th July from 1pm – 2.30pm.
Cannock Community Fire Station on Monday 11th July from 1pm – 2.30pm.
Central Risk Reduction, Stafford on Thursday 14th July from 10am – 11.30am.
Both Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have agreed to provide all of their domiciliary carers with the training and a number of other organisations, including North Staffs Carers Association and Carers Association South Staffordshire have already sent people on the course.
Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele said: "Carers are in people’s homes on a daily basis and so they are in an ideal position to identify those who are vulnerable and may be at risk from fire. Over half of the people who died in fires last year were receiving some kind of voluntary care, which highlights the importance of giving carers fire safety awareness training.
"We want to hear from individuals or organisations who care for people who are vulnerable – those with mental health problems, people who have had a life changing event, such as a stroke, disabled people, the elderly, people who suffer from substance misuse – if you care for someone then we’d like to hear from you.”"
The training programme has already delivered a number of success stories. Earlier in the year a 97 year old man was referred by a PCSO, who had received Olive Branch training. Firefighters carried out a Home Fire Risk Check and also linked up with various agencies to arrange for an assisted technology system to be fitted which would alert the emergency services if the smoke alarm operated. Just last month the man had a fire, firefighters were immediately alerted and managed to rescue the man and put out the fire before it spread further.
The Olive Branch team will be at a number of Carers Week events, promoting the training, including one being held at Moorlands District Council Offices on 15th June and at the Gatehouse, Stafford on 16th June. Promotional posters and leaflets have also been distributed to care organisations across the County.
To find out more about Olive Branch training and to book onto a course ring 01785 898559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Carers Week visit www.carersweek.org.