Page 8 - HOT NEWS MAY 2014
P. 8
Group Manager Paul Murphy pictured with MF&RS staff and Terry Sullivan from Wirral Older People's Parliament.
A month of action was held in Wirral aimed at keeping people safe in their homes.
MF&RS launched Home Safety Month in Wirral in April in a bid to reduce fire deaths and injuries caused by accidental fires in the home.
Staff and firefighters were out in the community, visiting homes and hosting events, particularly targeting vulnerable people.
There were two home safety events held at Birkenhead Community Fire Station and Heswall Community Fire Station, which offered health checks, fire safety advice, bingo and refreshments.
They were organised by MF&RS in partnership with Wirral Council, Wirral Older People’s Parliament and Wirral Community NHS.
During the month, MF&RS staff visited high rise flats including Sunningdale in Moreton, Brackendale in Woodchurch and Barncroft in Pensby, where they offered free Home Fire Safety Checks.
Staff also offered Home Fire Safety Checks to vulnerable people as well as to properties that have never had them before.
They held fire safety talks for vulnerable people, including those who have suffered a stroke, people with drug or alcohol dependency issues and vulnerable women’s groups.
Staff carried out talks at schools, children’s centres and Brownies on fire safety. They also attended supermarkets, giving advice on fire safety and road safety.
Group Manager Paul Murphy, Wirral District Manager, said:
“The month of action was a response to the accidental fires that firefighters have attended in Wirral homes.
“We have been highly visible in the community and managed to engage with many vulnerable people. I hope the wide variety of intervention work has encouraged people to think about fire safety and that it will prevent fires in the home.”
More than 700 school children across the St Helens district were given fire safety tips for their homes during CFOA UK Home Safety Week.
Around 260 properties were also visited during one afternoon in St Helens and 90 Home Fire Safety Checks were carried out by firefighters and fire prevention staff.
Throughout the rest of the week, fire crews completed a further 86 HFSCs, bringing the total for the week up to 176.
Firefighters also delivered a presentation and a practical demonstration of using rope access gear and ladders to approximately 260 young people at Nutgrove Methodist Aided Primary School in St Helens to show how to lower a casualty to safety from height as part of learning around national Science Week.
This photo shows the visit to Nutgrove Methodist Aided Primary School in St Helens.
Photo supplied by Martin Ford.

   6   7   8   9   10