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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Shared Learning a Boost For Service

07/10/2009

Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford

The Comprehensive Area Assessment Conference - Shared Learning and Experience - was held at Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, near Stone.

The event featured representatives from partner organisations including Staffordshire Police, North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, East Staffordshire Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle Borough Council, Lichfield District Council, Home Zone Housing Association and alcohol and dependency specialists Adsis.

The partners were brought together to consider ways of boosting the services they deliver to the local community, sharing experiences in a bid to improve their impact on Staffordshire's population.

  "We have recognised from some time that we are able to make contributions far beyond the traditional expectations of a fire and rescue service."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, said: "The Comprehensive Area Assessment process is designed to determine how well the public services in an area are working together to address the needs of their local communities."

"We have recognised from some time that we are able to make contributions far beyond the traditional expectations of a fire and rescue service. We also realised that the most effective way to deliver services is for all of the public agencies to work together to address the problems which blight communities - like anti-social behaviour, poor health and education and drug and alcohol related abuse."

"This conference gave us the chance to share out experiences from the recent assessment process with our partners and, together, consider the opportunities which exist for improving the way we work with communities and making the services we provide as good as they can be."