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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Free Fire Safety Training for Carers in Cannock

17/06/2011

A Cannock woman has welcomed free fire safety awareness training being provided by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"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."

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 has received support from Cynthia Tallent, a neighbour of Charles Parmenter who tragically died in a house fire at his Hednesford home in December.

Mrs Tallent voluntarily provided Mr Parmenter with quality daily care and support for over seven years.  Mrs Tallent said: “Voluntary carers often don’t get much support so I welcome this free training – had I still been caring for Mr Parmenter it’s something I would certainly have gone on. I’d encourage anyone who cares for someone to go on the training as it will give them that extra piece of mind that the person they look after is as safe as possible from fire.”

Bookings are now being taken for a course taking place at Cannock Community Fire Station on Monday 11th July from 1pm – 2.30pm. The training takes just one and half hours and carers receive a certificate of completion for attending 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.”

To find out more about Olive Branch training and to book onto a course ring 01785 898559 or email olivebranch@staffordshirefire.gov.uk.