Hundreds of members of staff from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were out in force yesterday for the first ever Community Wellbeing Day.
"Hundreds of members of staff took part in our first Community Wellbeing Day which was a resounding success. Their enthusiasm and innovation was exceptional and it was great to see everyone out and about in the communities we serve."
Dean Stevens - Director for Prevent and Protect
More than 200 employees ranging from administrative assistants to directors took to the streets working alongside Prevention Teams and operational firefighters, to town centres and to community venues across the county in a bid to make residents as safe as possible in their homes and on the roads.
Over 40 public and private events and sessions were held during the large scale safety drive which coincided with national Older People’s Day.
The team gave out information and advice as well as taking bookings for free Home Fire Risk Checks.
Director for Prevent and Protect Dean Stevens added: "Hundreds of members of staff took part in our first Community Wellbeing Day which was a resounding success. Their enthusiasm and innovation was exceptional and it was great to see everyone out and about in the communities we serve.
"We strongly believe that a modern fire and rescue service needs to have a strong focus on prevention rather than solely on cure, as it was historically. That is why it is absolutely vital that residents understand the potential risks, both at home and on the roads, and how they can avoid falling victim to those risks.
"The reaction from local people was incredibly positive and we are already looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better in order to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the safest place to live."
Open events in the east of the county were held at Bagot Arms in Abbots Bromley, Morrison’s in Chase Terrace, St Mary’s Church in Lichfield and Sainsbury’s in Tamworth and Sainsbury’s in Burton-on-Trent.
Open events in the west of the county were held at Rising Brook Community Fire Station, Brewood Community Fire Station, The Aquarius Ballroom in Hednesford, South Staffordshire District Council, Gnosall Community Fire Station, Rugeley Leisure Centre, Stafford Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stone town centre and library, Wombourne Community Fire Station and Penkridge Market and village centre.
Open events in Stoke-on-Trent and north Staffordshire were held at The Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley, Market Place in Leek, Market Hall in Longton and Tower Bingo in Tunstall.