Our prevention work aims to reduce people’s vulnerability to the type of emergencies to which we respond.
Our firefighters carry out thousands of ‘Safe and Well’ visits every year, with a focus on helping our more vulnerable residents to be safer at home.
They give advice on subjects including health and wellbeing where it will reduce the risk of a fire, and can get them extra help if they need it.
Our strong partnerships with colleagues and organisations in other sectors help us to identify and support people who are at higher risk from fires and other emergencies.
We give practical help to smokers and to people living with dementia. We help others to overcome loneliness and social isolation. And, if it’s appropriate, we can advise on how to avoid having a fall, so people can leave their homes safely in an emergency.
But our prevention work extends well beyond the home. We provide fire safety education in hundreds of schools and colleges and at our two interactive ‘Safeside’ learning centres in Birmingham, 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.
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We carried out over 18,000 Safe & Well visits in 2020/21, of which 8,654 originated from partner referrals.
We have handed out 15,485 pieces of equipment such as smoke alarms, hearing impaired alarms, mailbox protectors and fire retardant bedding, which has contributed to a further 1% reduction in the number of accidental dwelling fires ever recorded in a year. We have also seen a 28% decrease in injuries from these fires.