Our prevention priorities:
- we will work with our partners to reduce fire related risks faced by the most vulnerable in our communities
- we will improve the safety, health and well-being of the most vulnerable people in our communities, through targeted prevention activities directly linked to vulnerability from fire
- we will educate to prevent arson related incidents, supporting safer and stronger communities through our partnership working
- we will reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads through education and prevention, working with strategic partners
- we will work in partnership to support and protect the most vulnerable in our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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 and road 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 to build links in the local community, reduce anti-social behaviour, including arson, and improve road safety.
We carried out over 18,422 Safe & Well visits in 2020/21, of which 8,746 originated from partner referrals.
We have handed out 14,674 pieces of equipment such as smoke alarms, hearing impaired alarms, mailbox protectors and fire retardant bedding, which has contributed to a 7.7% reduction in the number of casualties.