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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service and university sign 'Memorandum of Understanding'

14/07/2015

CFO Peter Dartford and Dean, Nigel Thomas sign the Memorandum of Understanding
CFO Peter Dartford and Dean, Dr Nigel Thomas sign the Memorandum of Understanding

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer and the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Staffordshire University have pledged to work closely together to boost safety across the county.

"We are committed to working closely with our partners in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of all of the communities that we serve and this is another example of how we are seeking to do that. This initiative will be beneficial to both partners, giving the Service an additional channel through student volunteers to communicate our potentially life-saving messages."

CFO Peter Dartford and Dean Dr Nigel Thomas have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to seal the agreement.

The two organisations have committed to working together to improve safety in the community. One of the ways they plan to achieve this aim is to integrate training from the Service into initiatives at the university including the Greenpad Volunteering Scheme.

The Service will also have a greater presence on campus during September when new students will be arriving.

Students will also be given the opportunity to become volunteers for the Service, helping to spread vital safety messages to their contemporaries.

Mr Dartford said: "We are committed to working closely with our partners in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of all of the communities that we serve and this is  another example of how we are seeking to do that. This initiative will be beneficial to both partners, giving the Service an additional channel through student volunteers to communicate our potentially life-saving messages.

"We strongly believe that prevention is far better than cure and this work has proved vital in helping to greatly reduce the number of incidents recorded across Staffordshire in recent years. In 1999 there were 270 deaths as a result of accidental house fires compared to 27 in 2014 which is an incredibly positive outcome. However, any death or injury is one too many which is why we are always keen to explore innovative opportunities such as this collaboration with Staffordshire University to continue helping us to reduce the number of incidents and their consequences."

Dr Thomas added: "At Staffordshire University we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our local communities and have an excellent reputation for the courses that prepare the health and social care professionals of tomorrow. I am delighted with the partnership we are developing with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. One of the projects we are working on together provides a unique opportunity to support the work of the fire and rescue service by offering our students the opportunity to gain extremely valuable and rewarding volunteering experience."