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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

County show is huge success for Service

2/6/2017

The Staffordshire County Show proved a huge success for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service after hundreds of people visited the staff on Wednesday May 31 and Thursday June 1.

“Events like this are so important to us as we get to share some vital safety advice with residents whilst having the opportunity to teach young people about what we do. It also gives us a chance to talk to people about why the Fire Service welcomes everyone, whether they want a career as a firefighter, or to work in a non-operational role within the Service, and why working for the Fire Service is such a worthwhile career”.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

The Service’s plot was filled with firefighters, cadets, Staffordshire Police, Churnet Valley First Responders as well as a fire engine, wild fire response vehicle and a VF4 car crash simulator.

The visitors got the opportunity to speak to all staff about their jobs but the Service also took the opportunity to give out some helpful advice on safety in the home, road safety and Flames Aren’t Games, a campaign which aims to teach children the dangers of setting fires. The staff focused on outdoor fires given the recent increase and the school holidays.

More than 200 four to eight-year-olds joined The Service’s Welephant Club which means they will get a birthday and Christmas card from Wele himself and four newsletters a year filled with puzzles, games and safety tips.

The Service also promoted the SAME campaign which highlights the four fire death factors which make it more likely to die in a fire. These are Smoking, Alcohol, Mobility and Elderly.

Chief Fire officer Becci Bryant said: “The event was a huge success for us as we were able to get so many of our safety messages out there. It is such a fun day for our staff and a great opportunity to get out and speak to the people in the community we serve. I personally really enjoyed showing the children around the fire engine and seeing them excited to meet Wele.

“Events like this are so important to us as we get to share some vital safety advice with residents whilst having the opportunity to teach young people about what we do. It also gives us a chance to talk to people about why the Fire Service welcomes everyone, whether they want a career as a firefighter, or to work in a non-operational role within the Service, and why working for the Fire Service is such a worthwhile career.

“It was fantastic to see so many children sign up to Welephant club. The more people we can reach, and the younger they are, the closer we are to making Staffordshire the safest place to be.

“The show was also a great example of how we work with our partners in the emergency services to keep people safe and prevent incidents from happening.”

For more heath and safety information or to sign up to our Welephant club, please visit us at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk.