Cleveland Fire Brigade’s prevention activities continue to protect local communities

People across Teesside are safer as a result of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s significant work to protect communities and make Cleveland a safer place to live.The last year has seen a further 8% (365) reduction in the number of fires we have to deal with contributing to a significant five year reduction of 44% (3310); this includes a 38% (127) reduction in accidental fires in the home.

The reduction in the number of fires over the last year means that we have not only contributed to a reduction in the area’s carbon footprint but have saved the local economy over £3,000,000.

We continue to carry out proven prevention and protection activities such as free Home Fire Safety Visits and over the last year have undertaken 18,000 of them ensuring we really reach out and understand the diverse needs of individuals in their homes.

Working with children and young people is very important to us and therefore we continue to provide our schools education programmes as well as diversionary activities such as football and rugby.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said: “Cleveland Fire Brigade continues to make improvements and we are proud of our achievements, particularly in the current climate.

“Our success is attributed to our deep understanding and management of local risks, a strong understanding of our communities’ needs, dedicated professional staff, learning from others, innovative ways of working and our diverse range of integrated community services. These include our Home Fire Safety Visits, our Winter Warmth campaign which helps support those with inadequate heating or lighting and advocacy services which identify vulnerable members of our community to provide them with specialist support.

“Our Partners also continue to play a vital role in our success and we are proud to be involved in an array of partnership initiatives. Our most recent and innovative example is our Centre of Excellence for Children and Young People at Redcar Community Fire Station which opens shortly and is aimed at bringing multiple services together where young people will receive advice and support on a wide range of issues.

“Looking forward, we will aim to continue to be high performing and will work in innovative ways to continually improve our services. Clearly financial cuts cannot be ignored, but we believe the changes we plan to implement over the next year will help us achieve the budget reductions needed for the next two years.”

Jean O Donnell, Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority said ‘I am so proud of the achievements and performance of the Brigade which is down to the risk management, innovation, professionalism and hard work of the staff. I am particularly pleased that our communities are safer as a result of our work, especially in their homes, and that we remain the highest performing Brigade nationally in relation to these reductions.’

Remember, to help keep you and your family safe from fire book your free Home Fire Safety Visit now on 01429 874063. You will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your family and we will provide and fit smoke alarms if needed.

For our full Year End Performance and Efficiency Report 2010/11 click here (PDF) or for further safety information visit http://www.clevelandfire.gov.uk or join us on Facebook or Twitter.