The Age UK Barnsley Fire Safety Project funded by Stronger, Safer, Communities Reserve is in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Age UK Rotherham.
The aim of the project is to:-
- Reduce the risk of fire in the home and the impact of home fires faced by older people especially (but not exclusively) those in some of the most vulnerable, harder to reach and higher risk categories (ie over 80, isolated and with little or no support/communication/contact).
This will be carried out through:-
- Recruit and train people willing to become Community Fire Satety Champions. Once the Fire Safety Champions have completed their training, the aim is for them to go back into their local community and feedback this training to people through short talks and presentations so they are aware of fires and therefore reducing the risks of fires at home.
- Home Fire Safety Checks by community based staff across all our services and Fire Safety Assessors, carrying out fire safety risks in the home, signposting/referral for support.
- Further signposting/referrals to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue for additional assessments and fuller package or measures to reduce risks and impacts of fire and for more detailed expert assessment and device fitting.