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Fire Service team up with Police and Trading Standards for crime prevention training

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) to develop our home visits.

Training on crime prevention is now underway for firefighters and prevention staff, and over the next two years training will take place on preventing frailty and falls, cold homes and social isolation.

In addition to this smoking cessation is a new topic that will be incorporated into the home visits.
This training comes as part of the development of ‘Safe and Well’ visits, which aim to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of people in the community.

Safe and Well visits are offered to vulnerable people across West Yorkshire, primarily to offer fire prevention advice and equipment, but armed with a basic knowledge of the other elements to living well, WYFRS will be able to identify ‘at risk’ residents and offer early intervention to help prevent a crisis point further down the line.

West Yorkshire Police training covers the attractions and deterrents of a burglar in their own words from a project known as ‘From the Offenders Mouth’ which was led by WYP Force Crime Prevention Officer, Chris Joyce and Huddersfield University.

The training embeds simple ways of deterring burglars. These easy, and often free, crime prevention methods can be passed on to those at risk prior to being targeted.

Mr Joyce said: “West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service often visits residents who may never have contacted the police before, and so being able to provide crime prevention advice through the Safe and Well Home Visits will potentially reduce the risk of them becoming a victim of crime.

“The only way to truly protect vulnerable adults is by working in partnership with the community and other agencies, which is why we are committed to giving all West Yorkshire firefighters basic crime prevention training.”

The training from Trading Standards covers the impact of scams and doorstep crime, particularly among older adults. It will also cover the different types of scams and how they target vulnerable people.

Tips on conversation starters are also given as many victims of scams are embarrassed about the situation.

Community Project Officer for the SAFER Project at WYTS, Maria Dragicevic said: “Working in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has provided West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the SAFER Project with a great opportunity to support the Fire Service with their Safe and Well strategy.

“It has also enabled the SAFER Project to deliver its strategic objective of raising awareness of scams and fraud to the elderly and vulnerable across West Yorkshire.”

WYFRS Fire Prevention Partnership-Policy and Volunteering Supervisor, Michelle Rhodes, said: “As of 21st August 2017, all fire crews in Bradford will have been fully trained to spot the signs of a scam victim, and they will have a basic understanding of burglary prevention.

“This partnership working is proving very successful already, with potential victims being identified and referred on for further support.”

Safe and Well visits allow WYFRS to provide different services to individuals according to their level of identified risk. This includes:
• Visiting the homes of medium and high risk individuals who have been identified and referred to us by our trusted partners.
• Fitting smoke detectors to homes where required.
• Visiting homes, giving advice and information to prevent fire.
• Offering advice and information to those identified as low risk via our website, email, post and telephone.
• Offering gentle advice, information or interventions, whilst in the home, to any individuals who are:
-at risk of falling within the home;
-whose behaviour may make them vulnerable to crime against their property or themselves;
-who feel lonely or socially isolated;
-who are thinking of giving up smoking;
-who may be at risk of poor health due to living in a cold home.

• Where appropriate, signposting or referring the above individuals or households to other agencies for support at an earlier stage than they might otherwise have accessed.


For further information on the new Safe and Well home visit or to request a visit, go to Follow @WYFRS and #SafeandWell on Twitter

Photo L to R
Simon Lister (Fire Prevention Trainer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service)
Michelle Rhodes (Partnership, Policy and Volunteering Manager at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service)
Catherine Chadwick-Rayner (SAFER Community Project Officer at West Yorkshire Trading Standards)
Lisa Keyworth (Crime Prevention Officer at West Yorkshire Police)