Our prevention work focuses on reducing people’s vulnerability to the type of emergencies to which we respond.
Our firefighters carry out thousands of ‘Safe and Well’ visits every year, and our crews give advice on health and wellbeing where it will reduce the risk of a fire. This means vulnerable people are safer in their own homes and we can get them extra help if they need it.
Thanks to our strong relationship and collaborative partnerships with our colleagues in other sectors, we can identify and support people who are at higher risk from fires and other emergencies.
But our prevention work extends well beyond the home. We provide fire safety education in hundreds of schools and colleges and at our interactive ‘Safeside’ learning centres in Handsworth and Eastside, as well as at public events and through our popular Fire Cadets programme.
We also have specialist prevention and partnership teams who support our firefighters in reducing anti-social behaviour, including arson, and improving road safety.
If you would like to see what our work in your area, then please visit our interactive Community Safety Strategy.
Our prevention work is all about keeping our most vulnerable people safe and getting extra support for those who need it from our many partner organisations.
We think of it as ‘upstream firefighting’. The same firefighters who respond to 999 calls carry out thousands of ‘Safe and Well’ visits every year. They give advice on health and wellbeing where it will lessen the risk of a fire.
Thousands of schoolchildren and college students benefit from our fire safety education.
And we have specialist prevention and partnership teams who support our firefighters in reducing anti-social behaviour such as arson, and with improving road safety.