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Home Fire Safety Advocate

Role: Home Fire Safety Advocate        
Responsible to: Volunteer Coordinator
Hours: Minimum of 8 hours per month (average over 6 months)

Overall function

Support and assist Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in the planning, coordination and delivery of community safety activities.

To visit people in their homes within Staffordshire and provide a Home Fire Risk Check, highlighting fire safety issues within the home and risks associated with lifestyle, sitting and fitting where appropriate smoke alarms.

To support the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with partner agencies to enhance the safety and wellbeing of the community.

Principal activities

  • Assisting the Central Prevent & Protect team to provide appropriate advice, targeting at risk groups such as older people and other groups who are most at risk from fire
  • Carrying out ‘home fire risk check’ visits. Working in pairs and with the support of local technicians and Community Safety Officers, visiting members of our communities in their homes to advise them of the risks they may face from fire and how to improve their safety and well being. This will include helping to create an escape plan in case of fire and installing appropriate safety equipment. As part of the ‘home fire risk check’ process volunteers will be expected to identify the needs of vulnerable people and make appropriate referrals.
  • Attending relevant training courses when required
  • Abiding by the policies and procedures associated with these tasks

Benefits for the volunteer

The placement will provide an opportunity to:

  • Be involved in delivering a valuable service to the community
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy the experience of volunteering as part of a friendly team
  • Increase their confidence and gain new knowledge and employability skills
  • Increase computer literacy skills and administration experience
  • Contribute to the success of protecting people from the risk of fire in their own homes and providing a safer community to make Staffordshire the safest place to be

Training

All volunteers will be required to attend a Corporate Induction Day and any additional relevant training sessions, as and when required, in order to meet the demand of their principal activities within the Western Service Delivery Group.

All volunteers with have to assist the local technicians and/or Community Safety Officers in carrying out “home fire risk check” visits until considered competent.

Person specification

Essential

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Clear written and verbal skills
  • Ability to achieve deadlines, work on own initiative and be self-motivated
  • Ability to work as a team member and as an individual
  • Maintain a flexible, positive and responsive approach to duties 
  • Good administration and coordination skills, with a keen attention to detail
  • Full driving license 
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS