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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

getting to know us

Our Getting To Know Us Inside Out campaign is about informing everybody that we do so much more than you might expect. Get to know us inside out.

Into the Future

As part of our ‘Getting To Know Us Inside Out Campaign’ we are looking at a number of new innovations, changes and developments that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently undertaking to bring about a better and more efficient service.

The Incident Response Team (IRT) Trial

IRT Following the Community Safety Options Consultation which took place in 2015 the Service took the decision to trial the IRT as a means of potentially making savings for the organisation and bring about a more efficient and innovative way of responding to incidents.

The trial which has initially began operating in the Hanley and Sandyford area involves a smaller crew of four rather than six firefighters who are responding to incidents in slightly different and smarter way. The levels of water required and what equipment is being most frequently will be closely monitored in order to make sure that we procure the right vehicle in the future and tailor its capability to the risk of the particular area. Also as part of the IRT Trial, we have added cutting edge equipment including new misting equipment which will allow firefighters to tackle compartment fires in a more effective way.

The trial has now been widened to Kidsgrove, Burlsem, Tamworth Mercia and Stafford Fire Stations and if it is deemed a success then the service will look to design and build appliances specifically for purpose based on the requirements of each area and team. The measures will be fully reviewed in the Autumn to allow the Fire and Rescue Authority to decide exactly what the next steps should be.

Safe and Well Visits

Safe and well The SAfER (Sustained Action for Evidencing Risk Reduction) Pilot is a partnership between the Service and Age UK which is supported by CFOA where ‘Safe and Well Visits’ are delivered to members of the community who are most at risk. A ‘Safe and Well Visit’ includes an assessment of the recipients risk of social isolation, cold homes falls, debt, alcohol, smoking and other health and wellbeing issues.

Station Manager in Central Prevent & Protect Dez Stoddart who is leading the project has said "This pioneering project enables us to help improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents by assessing their needs, not just in terms of fire safety, and, where necessary, referring individual cases to Age UK. The ‘safe and well visits’ look at issues such as whether people feel lonely or isolated, if they are experiencing financial difficulties or are struggling with debt and whether they have any signs of dementia or are at risk of suffering a fall.

A total of 2000 of the visits have taken place during the Winter of 2015 which have yielded numerous positive case studies but a full evaluation of their impact is currently being undertaken.

Joint Emergency Transport Services

Workshops The Service have been pro-active in exploring the benefit of integrated services with the intention of improving the health, safety, wellbeing and economic outcomes of our communities, in addition to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation.

The Joint Emergency Transport Services workshop is a great example of how the service has innovated to bring about this greater efficiency and effectiveness through collaboration with our partners. The workshop which is based at Trentham Lakes is run by a joint Strategic Head of Transport and this approach will provide combined fleet management that includes fleet engineering, vehicle specification design and conversions for all fire and police vehicles.

The collaborative approach is achieving economies of scale through a shared estate function, joint procurement, staffing, vehicle maintenance and repair along with design and development of vehicles and associated equipment. Looking into the future, the vision is to bring in more partners to support the development of the unit which will help contribute to bring about greater efficiencies and effectiveness.