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Police and Firefighters Join Forces for Fire Safety

15/02/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police are celebrating the successes of their partnership working, in protecting the most vulnerable from fire, following two incidents in Uttoxeter.

“We work closely with the police officers in the town and the partnership work has clearly paid off. In particular the incident on Market Square could have been a lot more serious – the Home Fire Risk Check visit meant that we arranged for a smoke alarm to be fitted with First Call technology, meaning we were alerted to the incident almost immediately.”

Station Manager Toby Wilson.

Two properties that had fires earlier this month, on Market Square and on Balance Street, had previously been visited by firefighters who had carried out free Home Fire Risk Checks, which included the fitting of smoke alarms. The referrals for the Home Fire Risk Checks came from local police officers, PC Penny Doyle-Johnson and PCSO Mandy Hales.

PCSO Mandy Hales had previously received ‘Olive Branch’ training from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The training is given to those who regularly visit people’s homes and includes identifying and dealing with fire hazards in the home and how to refer people for a free Home Fire Risk Check. Although PC Penny Doyle-Johnson had not received the training she was aware of the importance of referrals and both officers contacted Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to arrange for Home Fire Risk Checks to be carried out at the properties.

Uttoxeter Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: “The same firefighters that carried out the Home Fire Risk Checks also attended the incidents and so they were familiar with both the properties and the occupiers. Had we not had received the referrals from the police these properties may not have been on our radar.

“We work closely with the police officers in the town and the partnership work has clearly paid off. In particular the incident on Market Square could have been a lot more serious – the Home Fire Risk Check visit meant that we arranged for a smoke alarm to be fitted with First Call technology, meaning we were alerted to the incident almost immediately.”

Sergeant, Fiona Davis from Staffordshire Police said: “Both incidents illustrate the good working practices between the emergency services in the town and we will continue to make referrals to the fire and rescue service at every opportunity.”

Toby Wilson added: “Our Olive Branch training is going from strength to strength, we’ve had over 2600 people trained and they have generated over 1000 Home Fire Risk Check referrals as a result.”