When a fire breaks out it spreads so quickly that by the time the Fire and Rescue Service arrives it is often too late. The same can be said for Road Traffic Collisions, once the collision has occurred the damage has been done. The most effective way of protecting people from the effects of accidents and emergencies is to prevent the incidents happening in the first place.
We therefore focus on giving free safety education to all members of the public.
Our preventative activities are based upon the type of incidents we attended, the five main categories are:
• Home Safety
• Schools Education
• Road Safety
• Youth Engagement
Fire Safety Officers undertake inspections of various public buildings and workplaces to keep the public safe from fire. We do this by,
Ensuring fire safety protection is designed into new or materially altered homes, offices and other buildings. This involves working closely with Building Control to ensure Building Regulation Standards are met.
Inspection, through Fire Safety Legislation, which sets out employers’ and others’ responsibilities for providing and maintaining a safe environment.
Education that supports Fire Safety Legislation enforcement and community fire safety initiatives which aim to promote fire safe behaviour.
In Powys, we attend on average approximately 2,000 incidents a year including property fires, wildfires, Road Traffic Collisions, floods, animal rescues and other emergencies.
To deal with this demand our highly skilled Firefighters provide around the clock emergency cover, responding to incidents in one or more of our 23 front-line fire engines, equipped with the latest equipment and supported by a number of specialist vehicles. We monitor our performance continuously and are committed to improving efficiency and effectiveness wherever we can.