Partnerships, Third Sector, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations 

Working with other Agencies

Between the period 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2010 there were a total of 20 fatalities within South Wales Fire and Rescue Service area attributed to Accidental Dwelling Fires. Of those, 12 were in the 60+ age bracket and 9 of these were known to other agencies but not the Fire Service.

In the year leading up to 1 Apr 13, there were a total of 745 Accidental Dwelling Fires in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Area.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has introduced the post of Partner Agency Manager into the Home Fire Safety Support Team with assistance from the Welsh Assembly Government. The aim of the role is essentially to engage with third sector, charitable and voluntary organisations to reduce the incidence of accidental dwelling fires by increasing the number of free home fire safety checks delivered to individuals from vulnerable groups.

The final report to Communities and Local Government, Fire Research Series 13/2008 identified the most high risk / vulnerable groups as follows:

• Older persons (60+)
• Single adults and single parents
• Individuals living in deprivation
• Individuals living with a mental and/or physical impairment
• Smokers
• Individuals who have issues with Alcohol and/or Drugs

Whilst each of these categories alone may not appear to be increased risk, if you have an individual with a physical impairment who is also a smoker the risk will increase substantially.

Our aim is to engage with organisations who work with these groups on a regular basis to help provide free home fire safety checks.
By working with partner organisations the Fire and Rescue Service can access high risk / vulnerable clients who may otherwise be unreachable. The main focus has been to engage with organisations who work with these groups on a regular basis and to date we have now formally entered into a partnership arrangement with over 30 high profile organisations such as; Age UK, British Red Cross, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Hospital Discharge Services and all 10 Care and Repair Agencies working within SWFRS Service area. 

We are actively continuing to identify and engage with further partner agencies and for further Information please e-mail us at, contact us on 01443 232000

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