Cambridgeshire County Council and fire service team up to keep vulnerable residents safe

Protecting the county’s most vulnerable residents in their homes is the driver behind a new initiati

Protecting the county’s most vulnerable residents in their homes is the driver behind a new initiative between the fire service and Cambridgeshire County Council. - Credit: Archant

Protecting the county’s most vulnerable residents in their homes is the driver behind a new initiative between the fire service and Cambridgeshire County Council.

An online risk assessment checklist was created on the council website and call-takers in the contact centre are inviting callers requesting one of their services to complete the form to see if they qualify for a free home fire safety check.

From the information given a risk matrix helps calculate an individual’s score.

The score then determines what support the individual will receive from the fire service. This may include information sent by post or a specific visit from fire service staff.

Paul Clarke, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s adult safety risk manager, said: “Community safety remains a key priority for us and we are always seeking new ways to identify those most at risk from fires in their homes.


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“Although the number of people who die in house fires is low in Cambridgeshire, those who sadly have are typically elderly residents who have other issues that make them vulnerable; such as mobility issues or mental illness.

You can find the form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/xfp/scripts/xforms_form.as... or for more information about what a home fire safety check is, visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk/home-fire-safety-checks-508.aspx

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