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Case study 3

In another case, a man who was drinking every day had his life turned around and 

was helped to live a healthier lifestyle by ireighters and advocates from Merseyside 

Fire & Rescue Service.

Fireighters were called to a property in a low As a result of work by the advocates from 

risk area following a hoax call. Although there MF&RS and SHAP, Barry is no longer 

was no ire, the ireighters that attended dependent on alcohol and is now leading a 

were concerned because the occupant healthier lifestyle, all of which make him safer 

appeared to be under the influence of in his own home. He has also received help 

alcohol and the property was very cold. The with housing problems and is looking forward 

ireighters recognised from the individual’s to inding work in the future.

condition that he was at risk and in need of 

help and they referred him to our Prevention Barry said: “If it wasn’t for the ire service 

and Protection Team.
I wouldn’t be here. The work they do is very 

important. If they hadn’t had intervened I 

When they visited 44-year-old Barry would be dead now.”

McGuinness he conirmed he was an 

alcoholic who would, on average, consume Joanne Murray-Kemp, Drug and Alcohol 

at least a litre and a half of vodka as well as Tenancy Support Worker with SHAP, said: “If it 

cider every day. He was also depressed and wasn’t for the Community Safety Advocates 

could not afford to heat the property properly.
there would be so many people like Barry 

who would just fall through the net. In such a 

The Community Fire Prevention Advocates short space of time, through the help he has 

itted free smoke alarms, ire retardant bedding received he has made a complete u-turn in his 

and gave the man a deep fat fryer to help with life.”

safer cooking and to prevent a chip pan ire. 

The advocates also carried out regular visits to 

check how he was coping. They also referred 

the man to SHAP, an organisation that helps 

people with drug, alcohol and housing issues 

as well as debt management.


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