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Fire service help to make Tamworth a Dementia friendly community

February 15 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has unveiled a new look fire engine to highlight firefighters partnership work with the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Borough Council and Alzheimer’s Society.

This was a fantastic opportunity to team up with these organisations and show our continued support to making Tamworth a Dementia friendly community. The crews have really embraced the updated training and will use their work in the community as an opportunity to help support this very worthy cause.

Station Manager Martin Weaver

Specially designed artwork was applied to an appliance from Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station after the Service joined forces with the organisations to work towards making Tamworth a Dementia Friendly Community, which is a recognised status. The fire engine will be used to respond to incidents and carry out prevention work in the community as it normally would, while highlighting the Service’s support for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

All of the staff from Tamworth are receiving refresher Alzheimer’s and Dementia awareness training and will be handing out literature to give residents more information and advice on the support available for those suffering with these diseases. 

Station Manager Martin Weaver said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to team up with these organisations and show our continued support to making Tamworth a Dementia friendly community. The crews have really embraced the updated training and will use their work in the community as an opportunity to help support this very worthy cause. 

“It is really important for us to work closely with partner organisations like this, to raise awareness and to guide people to accessing the right help and support. 

“Whilst carrying out Safe and Well visits within our communities we do come across people who suffer from these diseases and it is vital that  our crews have a good understanding of them so  they can give  safety advice in an appropriate way and make referrals to other agencies and charities when people need further support. 

“So keep an eye out for the newly decorated truck and if you see the crew carrying out prevention work in the community ask us about the support available for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s.“  

Sharon Wright, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for Staffordshire said: “We are delighted that the fire service are championing Dementia and making a positive difference for people living with Dementia in Tamworth.

This work will raise awareness of the dementia support services Alzheimer’s Society has in the area and we look forward to seeing the appliance on the roads. Support services can be reached by calling 01543 573936.”