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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service-wide safety drive for 'Community Wellbeing Day'

23/09/2014

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

Dozens of safety events, talks and demonstrations are to be held across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Service’s first ‘Community Wellbeing Day'.

"We are fully committed to keeping the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as safe as possible and strongly believe that prevention is far better than cure. That is why the Service is going to be out in force across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, giving people potentially life-saving advice, answering their questions and booking free Home Fire Risk Checks." 

Dean Stevens - Director of Prevent and Protect

Employees from every department within Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be supporting the large scale safety drive on October 1 to coincide with national Older People’s Day.

They will be visiting town centres and venues throughout the county as well as giving tours of some of the community fire stations.

Demonstrations will be put on to highlight various hazards, including chip pan fires.

Information on nutrition, smoking and exercise will be available as well as safety advice specific to the winter months. Visitors can also ask for advice if they are concerned about any fire or road safety issues.

Crews and non-operational staff will visit schools to promote the annual Operation Good Guy campaign which educates young people about firework safety ahead of Bonfire Night.

The team will also be taking bookings for free Home Fire Risk Checks as well as helping technicians to carry them out in people’s homes.

Dozens of sessions will be held during community group meetings and in sheltered accommodation.

Events open to the public in the west of the county are as follows:

•    Brewood Community Fire Station – 10am-3pm
•    The Aquarius Ballroom, Hednesford – 1.15pm-4pm
•    South Staffordshire District Council offices – 10am-3pm
•    Gnosall Community Fire Station – 2pm-4pm
•    Rising Brook Community Fire Station – 8.30am-4.30pm
•    Rugeley Leisure Centre – 10am–3pm
•    Stafford Guildhall Shopping Centre – 10am–3pm
•    Stone town centre and library – 10am–1pm
•    Wombourne Community Fire Station and village centre – 5pm–7pm
•    Penkridge Market – 10am–2pm
•    Wellbeing Trail at Birches Valley Visitor Centre, Cannock Chase -  10am-3.30pm

Events open to the public in the east of the county are as follows:

•    Bagot Arms, Abbots Bromley – midday–3pm
•    Morrisons, Chase Terrace – 10am–4pm
•    St Mary’s Church, Lichfield – 10am-3pm

Events open to the public in the north of the county are as follows:

•    Market Place, Leek – 10am–1pm
•    Market Hall, Longton – 10am–2pm
•    Tower Bingo, Tunstall – 11am–4pm

Dean Stevens, Director of Prevent and Protect, said: "We are fully committed to keeping the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as safe as possible and strongly believe that prevention is far better than cure. That is why the Service is going to be out in force across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, giving people potentially life-saving advice, answering their questions and booking free Home Fire Risk Checks.

"This is the first time that firefighters and non-operational members of staff from teams across the entire Service will be out on the same day, educating residents about home fire safety and community wellbeing so that they are aware of any possible risks and know how to deal with them. We hope that by mobilising the full weight of our resources, we can have a positive effect on the number of fires that take place in the county."