South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue - Rotherham

The Fire & Rescue National Framework 2012 sets out the Governments expectations for the Service which includes the duty to prevent fire incidents and the deaths and injuries associated with them. The South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Plan outlines how the service intends to continue to provide vital services to local communities focusing on the following four priority areas: 1. Community – making people safer – working to prevent emergencies 2. Responding to emergencies – effectively and safely 3. Valuing people – those we serve and employ 4. Maximising efficiency – making our resources go further Whilst SYFR are committed to actively promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable adults, supporting the rights of the individual to lead an independent life, we recognise that people with a cognitive impairment, which includes people with dementia may have an increased risk of both having a fire and at risk of injury if unable to escape in the event of a fire.

Updated:
8 October 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

An improved Home Safety Check Service, working proactively to identify and target those most at risk and in need of the service.

A Community Safety Team – Advocates, Community Fire Safety Officers, Safeguarding Officer are dedicated to research, education and support for the most vulnerable.

Local Community Safety media campaigns through our Corporate Communications team

Development of partnership working arrangement with relevant organisations to gain access to those suffering from dementia, as well as their carer’s, in order to provide them with free home safety checks and smoke alarm fitting.

Our Technical Fire Safety department advise and enforce on fire safety measures in buildings where vulnerable older people may live, such as residential and care homes.

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

We need to improve and maintain partnership working arrangements, to ensure we receive regular referrals from all agencies in South Yorkshire, working with people suffering from dementia.

All South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue employees whose work brings them into contact with vulnerable groups need to understand more about dementia, the available support, and  as well, as how to work with and effectively communicate with all who have a cognitive impairment during home safety check visits and emergency incidents.

Member website

www.Syfire.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Champions

    SYFR will send a group of staff to receive dementia champion training in order to deliver internal dementia staff training.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Increase awareness of dementia

    SYFR champions to deliver dementia awareness/friends to fire fighters and all other staff that engage with the public.  Also to run open session in headquarters for any staff wanting awareness session.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Development of partnerships

    To increase partnership working arrangement with relevant organisation to gain access to those living with dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery