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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

More than 100 households benefit from safety scheme

28/08/2015

Sue Crutchley with Adam and Lucy Charlampowicz (front) and Keith Morris
Sue Crutchley with Adam and Lucy Charlampowicz (front) and Keith Morris

More than 100 households have so far received potentially life-saving visits from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a safety boosting project.

"We had been thinking about going into volunteering for a while and this project seemed like the perfect opportunity for us. We have since helped out at various community events which we’ve found extremely interesting and, through the joint HFRC initiative, we have been able to give something back to our own community."

Volunteer - Adam Charlampowicz

The Service teamed up with world renowned ceramics manufacturer Wedgwood to launch the 'Love Barlaston Village' initiative in May.

Statistics at the time showed that 1,200 properties in the village, which is also home of the global headquarters for the luxury homewares brand, could benefit from a free Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC).

Volunteers Sue Crutchley and Keith Morris have now carried out an impressive 106 HFRCs as part of the project.

And not only that, they also managed to double their number when they recruited local couple Lucy and Adam Charlampowicz as volunteers during a HFRC visit.

Mr Charlampowicz said: "Lucy and I were really impressed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of Sue and Keith and we were very grateful to them for giving up their time to advise us.

"We had been thinking about going into volunteering for a while and this project seemed like the perfect opportunity for us. We have since helped out at various community events which we’ve found extremely interesting and, through the joint HFRC initiative, we have been able to give something back to our own community.

"I would urge anyone thinking of volunteering to get in touch with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, there are so many avenues available. I would also encourage anyone in the Barlaston area to take the opportunity to book a free HFRC – the help and advice that you will receive could potentially save your and your family’s lives.”

As part of the initiative, Wedgwood designed and manufactured more than 1,000 mugs featuring the ‘Push the Button’ and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service logos.

Each household in Barlaston who has a HFRC during the six-month drive will receive one of the special edition mugs.

Carmel Warren, Prevent Manager for the west of the county, said: "The response to the ‘Love Barlaston Village’ initiative has been really positive and, as a result, more than 100 households are now much safer. I would urge anyone who has not yet benefitted from a free HFRC to contact us so that we can arrange a visit at a time to suit the resident. It is not an exaggeration to say that HFRCs have literally saved lives in Staffordshire."

Anthony Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WWRD, said: "We’re proud to have been able to support this important safety campaign and are thrilled that the specially designed Wedgwood mugs, made here at our factory in the village of Barlaston, have helped promote the initiative to local residents."

During the HFRCs, 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.

To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 98310 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp