Fire Officers in the Moorlands have trained their fellow emergency service colleagues in the Police to spot fire hazards in the home.
14 Police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) from Leek and Biddulph Neighbourhood Policing Unit have attended an ‘Olive Branch’ training course, held at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Offices.
‘Olive Branch’ is a fire service training initiative which was developed following a fatal house fire in South Staffordshire in November 2006 which claimed the life of Olive Simcock, aged 80 (See Notes to Editor). The training raises the awareness of fire safety issues in the home enabling fire hazards to be identified and reduced. Members of the community can then be referred to the fire service to have a free home fire risk check visit.
‘Olive Branch’ training was initially provided for Social and Health Care Workers but has proved so successful it has been rolled out to other groups and teams who work within the community.
Assistant Area Commander for the Moorlands, Mick Daniels said: “We are delighted that our colleagues in the Police have undertaken this training, here in the Moorlands they are the first in the County to participate. The Police and PCSO’s work right in the heart of the community and often visit people in their homes. The training will now allow them to identify anyone at risk – this could be as simple as not having a working smoke detector fitted in the home. They will be able to provide advice at the time and then refer the occupier to the Fire Service for a free home fire risk check.”
“We are delighted that our colleagues in the Police have undertaken this training, here in the Moorlands they are the first in the County to participate.”
Assistant Area Commander for the Moorlands, Mick Daniels
Inspector Steve Maskrey the Commander for Leek and Biddulph Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) commented: “The feedback from staff has been fantastic and they felt the training was very worthwhile. We will be looking to request further training for other staff members.”
A home fire risk check involves Firefighters or a Service Technician visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All Firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and will travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.