Fire Safety Comes First
21-27 September was Fire Safety Week at Midland Heart, when we launched a joint campaign with West Midlands Fire Service. Over the next 12 months West Midland Fire Service will visit Midland Heart schemes in the West Midlands area, conduct a fire safety check and meet with customers to discuss fire safety and awareness.
To launch the campaign West Midlands Fire Service staff member Robert Coles visited Birmingham Foyer (a supported housing service offering safe and secure accommodation in the heart of Birmingham) on Thursday 24 September. An inspection of the building and its Fire safety provision was conducted with the Housing Officer, a Support Worker and Paul Johnson (Health and Safety Advisor).
Robert has since introduced Paul to the Fire Services youth workers so they can work closely with our youth schemes going forwards. The visit also resulted in the installation of a smoke detector with Wi-Fi capability which can be linked to a beacon and vibrating mat to alert the end user in case of a fire within their room for a profoundly deaf customer.
The following day Robert attended Holliday Road (a supported housing scheme for customers with complex needs) with his colleague Andrew Davis. Here they conducted a survey of the building, and met with Midland Heart customers to discuss fire safety and the importance of certain behaviours to ensure individual safety.
Following the launch Robert said, “West Midlands Fire Service have given a taster with Midland Heart’s Fire Safety Week of what we can offer, what can be achieved and what we are prepared to do for the future. WMFS are looking forward to working together and supporting Midland Heart across all their schemes the best way we can. We all have the service users safety at heart therefore as a team we will be able to enhance that safety ensuring safer environments for all involved. We are looking into referral pathways as well to support the service users in relation to fire, for when they leave the controlled environment and go into independent living.”
Deputy Director of Care and Support, Raj Shroff said “This ongoing partnership with West Midlands Fire Service will enable us to improve safety standards and awareness across our schemes. It’s great to see our customers and staff members getting involved, and applying their newly gained knowledge in their everyday activities. I look forward to future work with West Midlands Fire Service and seeing the partnership grow.”