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Dorset Fire & Rescue Service

Working in partnership to make Dorset safer. DFRS provide fire safety resources adapted to meet diverse needs, allowing the whole community to be fire safe. We are looking to address the lack of fire safety guidance available for people living with dementia.We want to develop guidance and best practice for this group, by training champions to support staff in identifying those affected by dementia, and cascading training to all our frontline staff.

9 February 2016
South West
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Poole Dementia Action Group, Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community, Dorchester Dementia Action Alliance, Southbourne Dementia Friendly Community , Corfe Mullen Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We provide goods and services to people with dementia that support them in their daily living and enable them to stay at home and in their community, enjoying the best quality of life for longer.

Improving staff awareness and understanding of dementia, thereby having a good customer service ethos and training for our staff. 

Have a willingness to respond to the individual’s needs and help/support them when we can and it is reasonable for us to do so.

We provide home safety checks and in some cases, specialist equipment for reducing fire risk. Services and support are designed around individual need.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our challenge is to identify other agencies working with people with dementia and ensure robust referral mechanisms are in place.

2. Actions

  • Training and awareness raising for all staff

    Our Home Safety advisors are trained by the Alzheimer's Society.

  • Review our practice/ policies which may affect a person with dementia and look for alternatives

    Assistive technology and design measures to enable people to remain safe and independent.

    Initial Scoping
  • Raising awareness of risks

    Helping to ensure families and carers are aware of fire risks.

    Initial Scoping
  • Other commitments

    Taking an active role in encouraging partners.