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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the county of Warwickshire.

8 October 2015
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service deliver upon the following outcomes from the Declaration:

  • Services are designed around individual needs
  • Tailored support enabling people to live their lives

Nationally Fire Services have a duty to prevent fire incidents and the deaths and injuries associated with them. The national Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) also has this commitment and has recently launched a new Ageing Safely strategy. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to preventing incidents and recognise that statistically some groups are more at risk than others. Older persons and persons with physical and mental health issues are among the high risk groups and therefore we welcome the opportunity to progress and develop prevention initiatives among these groups.

In working with responsible agencies and those supporting people with Dementia we hope to provide targeted and relevant advice to people with Dementia and their carers to ensure they can live safely.

We can do this through providing Home Fire Safety Checks and in some cases specialist equipment for reducing fire risk. This ensures that services and support are designed around individual needs. We also want to provide carers and support agencies with valuable fire safety awareness so that they can identify risks and recognises when risks are increasing. This supports the person with Dementia to live their life safely.

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

The challenge is to identify those agencies working with people who have Dementia and work with them to identify opportunities for referral mechanisms to ensure advice is targeted.

There is also a need to ensure that WFRS staff, have an awareness and understating of Dementia so that they can communicate effectively with carers and understand specific risks and appropriate ways to mitigate them.

2. Actions

  • Identify key dementia agencies

    Identify key agencies already providing care/support to people with Dementia – by Summer 2013.

  • Work with other agencies

    Work with agencies e.g. Warwickshire County Council Dementia Care Team to identify and develop referral pathways to ensure the existing Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC) scheme can be targeted to individuals with Dementia – by 2014.

  • Provide dementia training

    Provide training to all operational WFRS staff to ensure that they are aware of dementia signs and symptoms and can signpost those affected.

  • Understand fire risks of dementia

    Ensure staff understand specific fire risks associated with those with dementia.

  • Improve awareness of fire safety

    Improve awareness of fire safety among carers, formal and informal – by 2014.

  • Develop dementia programme

    Further develop the programme for other agencies working with people with dementia.