Staffordshire’s Community Safety Day has been hailed a success after hundreds of residents flocked to events across the county.
"Our second Service-wide Community Safety Day was extremely well attended with hundreds of residents from across the county receiving potentially life-saving advice as well as crime prevention information and tips on how to boost their health and well-being."
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford
The high-profile initiative saw more than 200 employees ranging from administrative assistants to directors working alongside prevention teams and operational firefighters.
They took to town centres and community venues across Staffordshire giving out information and advice aimed at making residents as safe as possible in their homes and on the roads. The team also took referrals for free Home Fire Risk Checks.
Around 40 public and private events and sessions, which were supported by a range of partner organisations, were held as part of the large scale safety drive on October 1 which coincided with national Older Person’s Day.
Events in the north included a visit to Agnes and Arthur Court, Moorland View, Bradeley. The day was split into two halves, the first saw members of the fire and rescue service engaging with residents of the home, playing games, singing and serving lunch. The second half was a community craft day which local people attended. Money raised during the event will be put towards activities for the older people. There was also a fire safety talk.
Children took part in a ‘wake up and shake up’ fitness session at Longnor Community Fire Station. The aim of the event was to show young people that exercise can be fun and to encourage them to take part in physical activity. Older people met with students at Newcastle-under-Lyme College to host a Tea-dance.
Events in the east of the county included a fundraising fitness challenge at Coopers Square Shopping Centre in Burton. The event was held in partnership with SSOPT and Alzheimer’s Society.
Firefighters and non-operational staff gave a fire safety talk to people aged over 50 who attend the Live at Home Scheme at the Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield while team members took referrals for Home Fire Risk Checks at The Dog and Partridge Hotel, High Street, Tutbury. The event was supported by Age Concern and the Falls Team.
Events in the west of the county included an assistive technology workshop and Heart Start defibrillator training session at Brewood Fire Station while visitors to Rising Brook Baptist Church in Stafford took part in a one mile ‘wellbeing walk’, were able to have their bike tagged and had a tour of a fire engine.
Members of the team were also out and about in Penkridge where they gave safety talks at the Haling Dene Centre. Visitors could take part in a seated exercise demonstration and a walk around the grounds, led by Positive Steps. Eat-Well hosted a food demonstration and the Stroke Association carried out blood pressure checks.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "Our second Service-wide Community Safety Day was extremely well attended with hundreds of residents from across the county receiving potentially life-saving advice as well as crime prevention information and tips on how to boost their health and well-being.
"Members of our team from across all departments from data communications to finance and marketing worked alongside operational firefighters and community safety officers to promote our messages. We also received excellent support from our partners in the public and private sector who really helped to make the events the huge success that they were.
"The Community Safety Day is just one of the ways we are trying to avoid incidents happening in the first place, which in turn eases pressure on blue light emergency services as well as health and social care services. Taking the approach that prevention is far better than cure not only means that our communities are much safer, it also saves the tax payer money so it is a win, win solution."