In Scotland over 30% of fire fatalities occur in homes where the person receives, provided care from the health and social care sector. As ever the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are continually working to reduce fires within the home in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
A pilot project was launched in Aberdeen City in September 2018 where SFRS joined up with care provider, Bon Accord Care who support thousands of people to live safely and independently in their own home.
Working in partnership, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have delivered fire risk awareness training to their Support Workers to assist them in identifying risks within the homes of those they visit.
This process provides a tailored support care plan incorporating a Fire Safety Assessment and referral pathway into SFRS resulting in a free home fire safety visit.
To date over 40 Support Workers have been trained who now complete regular Fire Safety Assessments when visiting people they care for. From this, over 240 assessments have been completed generating 75 referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
As this partnership develops more training will be delivered by SFRS resulting in more assessments and visits being carried out across the city.
Overall this partnership contributes to improved community safety whilst changing attitudes and understanding of fire prevention in the home.