Objective 1 - To deliver a holistic home safety intervention to those most at risk within the communities of mid and west Wales.
Where are we now?
For a number of years we have developed our activities specifically to improve fire safety in the home. This has been achieved primarily through carrying out free Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) in homes throughout mid and west wales with particular emphasis on vulnerable and high risk people. We also offer home safety advice and a range of safety information on our website, in the national and local press, using social media and at all of our Fire Stations and offices.
We work collaboratively with a wide range of partner agencies that have links to vulnerable people. This allows us to reach households that we may not otherwise have access to or knowledge of. This is a very important element of our shared agenda for safer communities and one that we want to expand even further.
What are we planning to do and why?
Our data shows us that there is a subsequent long term reduction in accidental dwelling fires which demonstrates that providing advice, education and equipment can make a positive difference to the people we engage with. We are privileged in being a trusted and reputable Service with a long tradition of providing professional advice and assistance and we intend to use this reputation and our links to vulnerable households to maximise our impact.
A number of our partners, particularly in the health sector also have advice and interventions that they want to promote in order to improve the safety and health of our communities. We want to expand the advice and intervention we currently deliver to vulnerable citizens to reflect a more holistic approach to community safety.
We want to ensure that we focus precious resources on those persons most in need and deliver interventions that promote health, well-being and improve the community safety of all those that we engage with. This concept of ‘Making Every Contact Count’ is intended to improve lifestyles and reduce health inequalities.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
This development will be in place by 2016-17 but will be dynamic and evolve to reflect our own and partner priorities:
- An innovative more holistic home safety intervention will be rolled out across the Service to replace the traditional Home Fire Safety Check.
- We will review and evaluate the improvement in our community intervention with our staff, our external partners and the communities we serve.
- We will expand the role of Community Safety Volunteers to provide ongoing local support to those persons who have benefited from our interventions.
- Expand the training provided to our partner agencies to identify risk and to support our community safety interventions.
How will we measure success?
We will evaluate the quality of the interventions we deliver to the most vulnerable members of our community through assessing the level of risk before and after our interventions.
We recognise that we must first measure the quality and the quantity of our interventions, as it is acknowledged that the community benefits may take a little longer to emerge. We will use our own data on accidental dwelling fires but will also use partner data and national data to measure the long term impact of our new approach.
What will this mean to you?
Communities will be safer and healthier as a result of our advice and intervention.