Potentially life-saving safety talks, events and demonstrations will be held across Staffordshire when hundreds of fire and rescue service staff take part in 'Community Safety Day'.
"We are fully signed up to the belief that prevention is far better than cure. We are confident that by getting out and about and meeting individuals, social groups and organisations across the county we can have a really positive impact on the number of people who are becoming the victim of a fire or a road traffic collision."
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford
Members of staff from across every department, from directors to apprentices, within the Service will be supporting the county-wide safety drive on October 1.
The aim of the high-profile initiative is to help to make residents as safe as possible in their homes and on the roads.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "We are putting our full resources behind dozens of events that are taking place across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in order to keep our communities as safe as possible, both at home and on the roads.
"We are fully signed up to the belief that prevention is far better than cure. We are confident that by getting out and about and meeting individuals, social groups and organisations across the county we can have a really positive impact on the number of people who are becoming the victim of a fire or a road traffic collision.
"We will also be telling people about our free Home Fire Risk Checks, which are currently being extended to look at a wider range of issues including health and wellbeing. Our first Community Safety Day last year was an overwhelming success and we are determined to make this one even better thanks to more members of staff taking part in an increased number of events."
Events open to the public in the west of the county are as follows:
• An assistive technology workshop will take place at Brewood Fire Station from 3pm-5pm followed by Heart Start defibrillator training from 7pm-9pm. To book a place call 01785 898465. The events will be held in partnership with Brewood Community First Responders.
• Members of staff will be visiting the Chasewood Living Scheme, Longford Road, Cannock, from 10am-1pm to give fire safety advice to members of the community. The event will be held in conjunction with Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Macmillan Cancer, MASE Alzheimer’s group and Staffordshire Police. The fire and rescue service will also be helping with a mile long ‘wellbeing walk’ for local school children and residents.
• Staff will host a fire safety stand and partners including Codsall Singers, Casserole Club, Eat Well, MacMillan Cancer, PCSOs, the police mascot dog, Alzheimer’s Society, Goodlife and Heart Start will also be on hand. The event will be held from 11am-2pm at Codsall Community Fire Station. People can also book a place on heart start training sessions from 2pm-4pm and then from 5pm-7pm by calling Laura Daniels on 01785 898465.
• Firefighters will be showing visitors around an appliance which will be parked at the Grosvenor Centre in Gnosall from 10am-2pm. There will be a ‘spot the hazard’ competition with all entries having the possibility of winning an Amazon Fire HD tablet. Visitors will be encouraged to take part in the ‘wellbeing mile walk’, with a chance to win a high tea courtesy of Tesco. Free refreshments will be provided on the day courtesy of the local Co-op, and a range of partners are supporting the event, including Gnosall Parish Council, Community First Responders, Staffordshire Police, Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes and Gnosall Lions.
• Kinver Community Fire Station will be opening its doors to local residents who can enjoy a tour of the facility and learn about fire safety in the home and on the roads. Staffordshire Police will be supporting the initiative along with partners from the health service. The event will run from 10am-2pm.
• Members of staff will be putting on an event on at the Haling Dene Centre in Penkridge from 10am-2pm. People will be invited to have a look around a fire engine and there will be fire safety talks. There will be a seated exercise demonstration and an organised walk around the grounds, run by Positive Steps. There will be a food demonstration led by Eat Well Staffordshire and the Stroke Association will be carrying out blood pressure checks. A representative from The Good Life and Village Agent will have a display along with PACE. There will be a ‘wellbeing walk’.
• A whole host of activities will take place at Rising Brook Baptist Church in Stafford from 10am-3pm. There will be a one mile ‘wellbeing walk’, bike tagging and the chance to learn more about fire safety in the home and on the road. Refreshments will be available and visitors can have a look around a fire engine. A range of partners will support the event including the Alzheimer’s Society, Age Concern UK, Stafford Lions and PCSOs.
• A multi-agency event will take place at Summerfield Court in Stone from 10am-2pm. The fire and rescue service will be joined by partners including Housing 21, Age Concern, Health Watch, Environmental Health and PCSOs who will be on hand to give out information and advice.
• Residents are invited to attend an informal information session at Wombourne Civic Centre, Gravel Hill, Wombourne, from 9.30am-midday.
• Northfield Community Centre in Stafford will be welcoming visitors between 11am-2pm when representatives from the fire and rescue service will be talking about fire safety and asking people to try to spot hazards in a fun but educational game. There will also be the chance to take part in a ‘wellbeing walk’ which will start at 12.15pm. Refreshments will be available.
Events open to the public in the east of the county are as follows:
• A coffee morning, open to all residents, will be held in partnership with Staffordshire Police at The Crown Inn (function room at rear), Abbots Bromley, from 10am-1pm.
• Information and advice will be given to older people at an event which will be run in partnership with Lions Club Needwood at Main Street, Barton-under-Needwood, from 11am-1pm.
• Firefighters will be taking part in a fundraising fitness challenge and information and advice about fire safety will be given out. The event is being held in partnership with SSOPT and Alzheimer’s Society. It will take place at Coopers Square Shopping Centre, Burton, from 9am-5pm.
• Members of staff will host afternoon tea, giving out fire safety information to the over 55s at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station from midday-3pm. The Casserole Club will be on hand along with the Warm Homes, Greener Districts Scheme. Transport is available for the over 60s living in the Chase Terrace or Burntwood area by calling Hannah Bond 01785 898386 or emailing Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
• Information events for private landlords about new legislation regarding smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will take place at Lichfield District Council from 9am-midday and at Burton Town Hall from 2pm-5pm.
• An event will take place at The Dog and Partridge Hotel, High Street, Tutbury, from 10am-2pm. The team will be talking to visitors about fire safety issues and taking referrals for Home Fire Risk Checks. The fire and rescue service will be supported by Age Concern and the Falls Team.
• A mental health awareness event, in partnership with Uttoxeter MIND and Change, will take place at Carters Square, Uttoxeter from 10am-2pm.
A number of closed events are also taking place in the east including:
• A road safety event will be held for sixth form students at John Taylor High School, Barton-under-Needwood, from midday-2pm.
• Firefighters and non-operational staff will be giving a fire safety talk to people aged over 50 members who attend the Live at Home Scheme at the Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield from midday to 3.30pm. The team will also be serving lunch.
• Members of staff will be talking to older people about fire safety at the indoor bowling club on Eagle Drive, Tamworth, from 11.30am-2pm.
• The team will be talking to older people at the elderly community group meeting at Elim Church, Tamworth, from 1pm-2.30pm.
Events open to the public in the north of the county are as follows:
• The team will be visiting Agnes and Arthur Court, Moorland View, Bradeley. The day will be split into two halves, the first will see members of the fire and rescue service engaging with residents of the home, playing games, singing and serving lunch. The second half, from 1pm-4.30pm, will be a community craft day which local people can attend. Money raised during the event will be put towards activities for the older people. There will also be a fire safety talk.
• A visit will take place at Swan Bank Church, Swan Square in Burslem, from 11am-1pm when approximately 80-100 members of the community will be in attendance. Members of staff will be discussing fire safety in the home and taking referrals for Home Fire Risk Checks.
• The fire and rescue service will be working in partnership with Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service to host an event at Cheadle Community Fire Station from 10am-2pm. They will be giving out fire safety advice and crime prevention information as well as carrying out wellbeing checks, testing blood pressure and talking about health issues.
• An information event for private landlords about new legislation regarding carbon monoxide detectors will take place at Hanley Community Fire Station from 9am-3.30pm.
• The team will be joining the Royal Voluntary Service at its base on Charles Street in Hanley to host a Safe and Sound Day from 9.30-3pm where people will be given fire safety advice.
• Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service employees will be joined by Staffordshire Police, Trading Standards, Localities Team and volunteers in Fountain Square, Hanley, from 9am-4pm. They will be speaking to shoppers about home and road safety and crime prevention as well as giving people information so that they can avoid falling foul of festive scams.
• The team will be at Café Connect, in the Memorial Hall, Ipstones, from midday-3pm giving out fire safety advice along with information about product recalls.
• Members of the community are invited to pop into Loggerheads Community Fire Station between 10am-2pm to have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with firefighters and non-operational staff about fire safety in the home and on the roads. Discussions can be either on a one-to-one basis or as a group.
• Children can enjoy a ‘wake up and shake up’ fitness session at 10.30am. The event will take place in the community room at Longnor Community Fire Station. The aim of the event is to show young people that exercise can be fun and to encourage them to take part in physical activity.
• Firefighters will be joined by a range of partners including West Midlands Ambulance Service, North Staffs Carers, NHS memory clinic, Age UK, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Police, Lifeline, Alzheimer’s Society, Beth Johnson Housing Association and Dementia Awareness at Longton Community Fire Station from 10am-2pm. Visitors will be also be invited to have a tour of the new station.
• A multi-agency session to raise awareness about fire safety and health will take place from 10am-4.30pm at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
• Kidsgrove Community Fire Station will be offering people the chance to have a behind the scenes look of the facilities and to learn more about fire safety in the home and on the roads from midday-4pm.
• The team will be carrying out vehicle maintenance in the car park at Asda in Wolstanton from 10am-4pm.
A number of closed events are also taking place in the north including:
• Members of the team will be joining forces with Biddulph Resource and Information Centre on its meals on wheels round in the area. They will be visiting older people and carrying out free Home Fire Risk Checks in approximately 50 properties throughout the day.
• The team will be assisting the Elderly Welfare Department, visiting homes in Hanley to give out welfare packs to older people between midday and 4pm.Fire safety technicians will be joined by colleagues in other departments to carry out pre-booked Home Fire Risk Checks in the Stoke-on-Trent area from 8.30am-4pm. The team will visit the Daisy Haye apartment complex, Ball Haye Road, Leek, from 11am-12.30pm and then again from 3pm-4.30pm to give a fire safety talk and show a hazard awareness video.
• The team will be serving lunch for approximately 30 members of the Neighbourhood Seniors Luncheon Club at the The Pavilion in Bentilee Park from 10am-midday. Guests will learn about fire safety and will be given the chance to sign up for a free Home Fire Risk Check.
• Fire safety technicians will be visiting properties across Newcastle to give out safety advice to residents and conduct free Home Fire Risk Checks from 8.30am-4pm.
• Fire safety technicians will be visiting properties across the Staffordshire Moorlands to give out safety advice to residents and conduct free Home Fire Risk Checks from 8.30am-4pm.