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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Campaigns Target Lichfield's Vulnerable

A series of community events to support vulnerable Lichfield residents will carry Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's safety messages into the new decade.

In support of the Service's ongoing campaign, Young at Heart, Safe at Home, a talk with carers from the Alzheimer's Society will raise awareness of the specific fire safety issues faced by this user group and the help and support which is available to them.

"At Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service we take every aspect of home safety seriously and these events will target support in the areas where it is most needed."

Carmel Warren, Watch Manager, Lichfield Fire Station

Likewise, a presentation to the Friends and Neighbours Group at Shenstone Methodist Church will educate people to the fire risks attached to their surroundings and property while Sloppy Slippers, a District Council initiative for providing senior citizens with safe footwear, again receives the assistance of firefighters.

Carmel Warren, Watch Manager at Lichfield Fire Station, said: "Each event is crucial for raising awareness of fire safety, particularly for vulnerable people living in isolated areas of the community. "

We will be talking to carers with the Alzheimer's Society on how best to support individuals regarding fire safety so they are kept safe from harm.

"It will also raise awareness of the help, practical and otherwise, which is available to them."

Sloppy Slippers was launched last year to prevent people tripping over their old and worn slippers by providing them with a new pair.

"At Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service we take every aspect of home safety seriously and these events will target support in the areas where it is most needed," added Carmel.

Young at Heart, Safe at Home was launched in October to raise awareness of fire safety among the elderly.

 Research reveals a massive 81% of fire deaths in Staffordshire since 2007 have involved people over the age of 65.

The fire safety talk with the Friends and Neighbours Group takes place at Shenstone Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 12 from 2.30pm. Sloppy Slippers will be at Fazeley Town Hall from 1pm to 4pm on Thursday, January 14 while the talk with Alzheimer's Society carers takes place at 10.45am on Thursday January 28 at the Church Hall in Frog Lane, Lichfield.