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MFRS staff
work together
to help elderly
and vulnerable
residents
Firefighters, Advocates, Prevention teams and Support staff joined forces to deliver Home Fire Safety Checks to elderly and vulnerable people across Merseyside on Older Person’s Day.
The focus of the day was to ensure that people aged 65 and over were safe in their homes, particularly those who may have difficulty escaping their property in the event of a fire.
Checks were also carried out to make sure residents had working smoke alarms and teams advised people about the importance of being proactive if they hear neighbour’s smoke alarms bleeping.
Altogether, 1032 Home Fire Safety Checks were delivered on the day and 1,057 safety leaflets were handed out.
Oil-filled radiators were also installed at a number of properties, door handles were
fixed and a gentleman was even referred for help with his overgrown garden.
DISTRICT ADVOCATE SUZANNE GIVES SUPPORT TO SYRIAN FAMILIES
MFRS has entered into a new partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in support of the government’s Syrian Vulnerable
families and key services, helping families overcome language barriers and settle more easily in to the borough.
A further five families are expected to work with Suzanne from late autumn onwards.
Suzanne said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and one which I am thoroughly enjoying.
“It has given me the chance to use my language skills to help families and professionals connect, which I am finding very rewarding.”
Group Manager Gary Oakford said: “These families are the first in Merseyside from the Resettlement Scheme who have arrived from refugee camps in Turkey, Northern Iraq or Jordan and who have been displaced from their homes for many years.
“We were approached by Knowsley Council to see if we could lend support as they were aware of the specialist skills some of our Advocates hold.
“We will continue to offer support and advice to neighbouring authorities in coming months as more families are rehoused.”
Persons Resettlement Scheme.
This partnership will see District Advocate Suzanne Hazza seconded on a part-
time basis to assist with translation services for Syrian refugee families who
have come to live in Knowsley.
Suzanne, who was originally employed by MFRS in 2008 as a Bi-lingual Advocate,
speaks fluent Arabic and began her three-month secondment in September.
She has been facilitating vital conversations between five Syrian
PAGE 4 HOTNEWS
Total incidents on ground station between October 1 2016 to October 31 2016.
Station Ground All Accidental All Deliberate All RTC Primary Home Secondary Secondary Special
40 Huyton
42 Kirkby
50 St Helens
51 Newton-le-Willows 52 Eccleston
11 2 39 35 94 8 2 19 19 21 18 6 45 44 21 6 3 6 4 60 7 3 14 14 72
Fires Fires
Fires Fires
Service
10 Kirkdale
11 City Centre
12 Kensington
14 Speke and Garston
15 Toxteth
16 Old Swan
17 Belle Vale
18 Aintree
19 Croxteth
20 Birkenhead
21 Bromborough
22Heswall 432221 23 Upton 6 2 17 16 2 2 24WestKirby 001140 25 Wallasey 10 5 36 30153 30 Bootle & Netherton 12 2 19 1763 31 Crosby 16 3 20 1851 32Formby 213310 33Southport 1068493
15     6
10     0
14     3
11     3
15     9
13     7
26 25 22 16 25 25 18 18 42 38 37 36 22 22
10 0 16 4
11 1
12 1
19 1 11 5 10 1
8 3
9 1 9940
11 5 10 5
62 60 52
35 32 91 5 4 9963
231 84 536 497 183 40 There were three rescues from RTC incidents and five rescues from accidental dwelling fires.
Grand Total
Project and Programme Officer Vicky Campbell and Community Fire Safety Apprentice Tom France install a smoke alarm
District Advocate Suzanne Hazza, left, is working with Syrian refugee families
Crews tackled a fire at a Birkenhead leisure centre which had spread from nearby foliage in a suspected arson attack.


































































































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