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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire safety advice available at rural roadshows

05/08/2014

Firefighter chatting to young boy
Firefighter getting out and about in the community

Community Safety Officers will be out and about giving people potentially life-saving advice as part of a rural roadshow next week.

"The risks faced by people living in rural areas are very different to those experienced by people in towns and more densely populated communities, which is why it is vital that as a Service we are getting out into our villages and hamlets and making contact with residents."

John Walton - Community Safety Officer

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with Staffordshire Police to host 15 events in the north of the county.

They will be talking to members of the community about fire safety in the home and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks.

The sessions will take place at the following venues:

•    Alton Village Hall – 10am-11.30am on Monday, August 11
•    Kingsley Holt Methodist Church – 12pm-1.30pm on Monday, August 11
•    Ipstones Fire Station car park – 2.30pm-4pm on Monday, August 11
•    Near the GP surgery – 9am-10.30am on Tuesday, August 12
•    The car park, near to the monument in Ilam – 11am-12.30pm Tuesday, August 12
•    Main car park in Wetton – 2pm-3.30pm on Tuesday, August 12
•    Market Place in Longnor – 9.30am-11am on Wednesday, August 13
•    Manifold Car Park, Hulme End – 11.30am-1pm on Wednesday, August 13
•    Near to the church, Butterton – 2.30pm-4pm on Wednesday, August 13
•    Reservoir Car Park, Tittesworth – 9.30am-11am on Thursday, August 14
•    Village Hall Car Park, Meerbrook – 11.30am-1pm on Thursday, August 14
•    Village Hall Car Park, Swythamley – 2pm-3.30pm on Thursday, August 14
•    Village Hall Car Park, Foxt – 9am-10.30am on Friday, August 15
•    Village Hall Car Park, Whiston – 11am-12.30pm on Friday, August 15
•    Village hall Car Park, Oakamoor – 2pm-3.30pm on Friday, August 15

John Walton, Community Safety Officer, said: “The risks faced by people living in rural areas are very different to those experienced by people in towns and more densely populated communities, which is why it is vital that as a Service we are getting out into our villages and hamlets and making contact with residents.

“Community Safety Officers will be joining colleagues from Staffordshire Police to talk to residents about the importance of fire safety in the home. We will also be encouraging people to book a free Home Fire Risk Check in which technicians or firefighters will visit people’s homes. They will educate them on potential risks that can be found in the property and offer advice on how these dangers can be minimised.  

“We also work with residents to help them plan an escape route should they find themselves in an emergency situation. HFRCs have literally saved lives in Staffordshire and this is particularly relevant to rural areas which are often more isolated. I would urge anyone who has concerns about home safety to pop along to their nearest roadshow, have a chat to the team and book a HFRC appointment. They don’t take long to do but they do have a long lasting effect.”

To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/bookyour hfrc.asp