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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Joint Partnership Working Promotes Home Fire Safety and Home Energy Efficiency

30/11/2011

Fire Crews from Burton, East Staffs Borough Council and Trent and Dove housing have been working in partnership over the past 8 months to create an "Exemplar Property" in the ward of Anglesey, Burton On Trent. Trent and Dove Housing are leasing the property free of charge to ESBC for a period of nine months.

"This is a fine example of how partnership working can not only improve lives but will also have a positive impact on the environment."

Brian Griffiths the Assistant Area Commander for East Staffordshire

The terraced house which is located within the Anglesey Ward of Burton on Trent has been converted and will exhibit many home fire safety measures which the Fire and Rescue Service recommend are installed in all homes, from the most effective types of smoke detectors and safe practices within the kitchen to flame resistant furnishings.

Throughout the property there are actual examples of real fire damaged items which will be used to educate the public on the dangers of fires in the home. There will be advice on hand on how to avoid fires occurring and DVDs to promote the Fire Safety Message.

Fire Service personnel and volunteers will occasionally be available at the property for members of the public to drop in for advice. The house also has a small meeting room which will accommodate up to eight people and may be used by local community groups.

The home will essentially be an exhibition of Energy efficiency and Fire Safety and will be full of interactive information and suggestions of ideas that the public can install within their own property not only to save money but also to protect them from fire. East Staffordshire Borough Council will be providing free giveaways, competitions and help to everyone who visits.

In addition to the Fire Safety message, the house boasts the latest in Home Energy Efficiency measures, and amongst other things is fitted out with Photovoltaic panels, Solar Thermal Heating Panels, insulating wall paper, light reflective paint, rain water harvesting and an Exemplar garden.

Brian Griffiths the Assistant Area Commander for East Staffordshire said: "This project has given the Fire Service a great opportunity to work together with our partners to help educate the public in the dangers of accidental dwelling fires and the benefits of Home Energy Efficiency. Our ultimate aim is to improve the lives of members of our communities in East Staffordshire.

"This is a fine example of how partnership working can not only improve lives but will also have a positive impact on the environment. We encourage all members of the community to take us up on the offer to visit the property and to see for themselves what changes they can make to make their homes safe and sustainable."

The property is now open for the public to visit and enjoy, and anyone who is interested in either visiting the property or wishes to use the meeting room can make an appointment by contacting the Risk Reduction Team at Burton on 01785 898504