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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire is to host national conference

06/11/2014

Three fire appliances
Trio of appliances

A national conference exploring equality, inclusion and leadership is to be held in Stoke-on-Trent.

"In Staffordshire, we strongly believe that we can offer our residents a far better service if we work closely with our partners. We come into contact with many of the same people, a lot of whom have complex needs, so it makes sense for our organisations to be integrated with each other as well as with the communities that we serve."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting the high profile event – entitled ‘Integrated Community Leadership’ - in partnership with the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA).

Chief Fire Officer and President of the Chief Fire Officers Association Peter Dartford will attend the meeting at The Moat House on November 13 and 14.

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt, MP, is scheduled to give a keynote speech along with the Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor Peter Holland.

Chief Fire Officers from Greater Manchester, Devon and Somerset, East Sussex and Cheshire will share their experiences during the conference which will attract delegates from all over the country.

Staffordshire’s Executive Director/Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant will discuss transformational change and systems thinking while representatives from the NHS, Keele University and Edge Hill University will cover a range of topics.

Mr Dartford said: "This high profile conference will see experts from a range of organisations travelling to Stoke-on-Trent to share their knowledge and experience in order to achieve a deeper level of integration within our communities, for the benefit of local people.

"In Staffordshire, we strongly believe that we can offer our residents a far better service if we work closely with our partners. We come into contact with many of the same people, a lot of whom have complex needs, so it makes sense for our organisations to be integrated with each other as well as with the communities that we serve.

"We need to reach out to the most vulnerable members of our community, who are often quite isolated, and provide them with the help and support they need to minimise the risks they face in day to day life. There has been a fundamental shift in the way that we work, with far greater emphasis on prevention rather than cure. If we pool our resources, we can make a positive difference to the health, safety and well-being of people and, ultimately, save lives."