More than 70 events have been held across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent this week as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Wellbeing Week.
Although we focus our efforts all year round on trying to keep people in vulnerable circumstances safe, Community Wellbeing Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the fact we all need to look after those around us who may need a bit of extra help.
Aimed at raising awareness of the importance of supporting people in vulnerable circumstances, this year’s theme has been ‘Brew with a crew’ with sessions being held at various fire stations. As well as the ‘Brews’ staff took part in walking the Wellbeing Mile on Cannock Chase with local residents, white watch from Longton station got involved in a conga at a dance class in Fenton and Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Lunzyj spent time helping out at a food bank in Blurton. One of the first events of the week saw the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent receiving a Safe and Well visit from Community Safety Officer, Ben Sourbutts at her home to advise her on fire safety.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Rob Barber said: “Although we focus our efforts all year round on trying to keep people in vulnerable circumstances safe, Community Wellbeing Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the fact we all need to look after those around us who may need a bit of extra help.
“Firefighters and support staff have all been encouraged to get involved in some of the events this week and we hope our activities will prompt people to spare a thought for family, friends and neighbours who may need us to support during the year. Our statistics show there are four factors which consistently play a part in fatal fires: smoking, alcohol, problems with mobility and being elderly (SAME). If you know someone who may be in vulnerable circumstances, it’s important to bear this in mind. We have information on our website www.staffordhsirefire.gov.uk to help you keep them safe or you could contact our Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 to find out if they are eligible for one of our Safe and Well visits.”