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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Pilot project keeps Tamworth vulnerable warm

18/12/2015

Firefighters and Joint Operations Group in Tamworth have joined forces as part of a pioneering pilot project to help the most vulnerable members of the community cope with the approaching cold weather.

"The aim of the partnership is to reduce winter cold deaths and hospital admissions. We will now be able to meet with those most at risk this winter, deliver the Winter Warm Packs and talk to them about preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”

Rebecca Gill, Prevent Manager for the East of the county

The multi-agency partnership, which includes the Fire Service, Police and Tamworth Borough Council, will be running the scheme during December, January and February and will be issuing life-saving Winter Warm Packs to residents at risk in the area. Each pack contains a hot water bottle, fleece blanket, a neck warmer, a woolly hat and gloves, thermal socks, a hand warmer, a thermometer, a thermos flask and a reusable bag with zip.

42,415 households are thought to be experiencing fuel poverty which can lead to excess winter deaths. On average around 400 people aged 65 and over die annually as a result of cold conditions.

Rebecca Gill, Prevent Manager for the East of the county, said: "The aim of the partnership is to reduce winter cold deaths and hospital admissions. We will now be able to meet with those most at risk this winter, deliver the Winter Warm Packs and talk to them about preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Tamworth Borough Council Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “Helping the most vulnerable members of our community is one of our top priorities and this project will do a lot to support people this winter.
I am very pleased that, through JOG, we have been able to provide funding for this very valuable work.”

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.
 
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