Fire stations in Wakefield district have signed up to the Safer Places Scheme.
The voluntary scheme, managed by Wakefield District Council, supports vulnerable people with dementia, autism and learning disabilities. There are currently around 60 businesses and public premises around Wakefield which have pledged their support. All premises which are part of the scheme must display a Safer Places logo.
If a vulnerable person arrives at a station feeling unwell, confused, lost or having been a victim of crime, fire service staff will make contact with one of the named people on the back of the person’s Safer Places card. The vulnerable person can then wait on the premises until the named person arrives.
Wakefield District Councillor Tracey Austin, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority Vice Chair, said: “It is very reassuring for those more vulnerable people in our community to know that there are so many organisations in Wakefield willing to help. I support West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s involvement in this scheme and hope many more organisations will sign up.”
Mussarat Suleman, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Wakefield District Prevention Manager, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting this scheme, which encourages vulnerable people to live independently. Our fire stations have always been a safe haven for vulnerable people, but signing up to this scheme means all our staff are aware of the protocol to follow if anyone who is part of the scheme should require assistance.”
Nicola Pearce, Wakefield Council Transformation Team Manager, said: “Wakefield Council welcomes West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s decision to register its seven stations into the Safer Places Scheme.”