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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stone rangers support firefighters in safety drive

09/10/2014

Members of Stone Outward Division Rangers
Stone Outward Division Rangers

Community spirited young women in Stone teamed up with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to spread safety messages.

"Working alongside the fire and rescue service has been an excellent experience for the girls and they are really looking forward to building upon the partnership. They are incredibly passionate about spreading the Service’s safety messages and their focus at the festival was to educate the whole family, talking to both adults and children."

Kathryn Clark - Unit Leader

Members of the Stone Outward Division Rangers supported crews at the Stone Food and Drink Festival by giving out leaflets and talking to visitors about fire safety in the home.

Firefighters demonstrated the risks posed by cooking with chip pans on Sunday, October 5, which is also when the teenagers attended.

A total of 53 referrals were taken for free Home Fire Risk Checks during the three-day celebration.

Carmel Warren, Prevention manager for the west of the county, said: "The Stone Food and Drink Festival is a highlight of the calendar in Staffordshire and attracts people from all over the county as well as further afield so it is a great opportunity to speak to people about safety in the home and on the roads.

"The chip pan demonstrations really caught the attention of visitors and we were delighted with the help provided by members of the Stone Outward Division Rangers, who gave up their spare time to support the safety drive.

"The more volunteers that can help us spread our message and highlight the possible risks that residents can face the better. It was the second event that the young people helped us with last week, with members of the group also supporting our first ever Community Wellbeing Day on October 1. Their work could have life changing, and potentially life-saving, effects."

Unit Leader Kathryn Clark added: "Working alongside the fire and rescue service has been an excellent experience for the girls and they are really looking forward to building upon the partnership. They are incredibly passionate about spreading the Service’s safety messages and their focus at the festival was to educate the whole family, talking to both adults and children.

"The girls are working towards their Community Action Octant as part of the Girl Guiding ‘Look Wider Programme’ so it’s great for them to be involved in events such as this which can really make a difference to people’s lives."

The unit is aimed at girls and young women aged 14-25. It meets at 5th Stone Scout Hut, Common Lane, twice a month, from 7.30pm-9pm, on Friday evenings.

For more information call Unit Leader Kathryn Clark on 01785 229553 or 07794639454.
To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp

During the HFRC visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire. They can also fit new smoke alarms.