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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (Tendering / Colchester)

Our mission is to save and protect lives, property and the environment. With a patch covering 367,000 hectares and a population of more than 1.74 million, Essex is one of the largest County fire services in the UK.

27 February 2017
East of England
Local Alliances:
Colchester Dementia Action Alliance , Tendring Dementia Action Alliance , Pan Essex 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?

Essex Fire and Rescue Service is committed to preventing incidents and recognizes 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.

By rolling out Dementia Friends awareness raising to all frontline FRS staff they will be better able to understand the needs of people affected by dementia and to deliver our prevention plans for this group

We also want to provide carers and support agencies with valuable fire safety awareness so that they can identify risks and recognizes 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?

Availability of crews and staff to attend Dementia Friends Awareness raising.

As an emergency service our priorities locally and nationally are forever changing. So prioritising time and reacting to incidents is something to juggle daily

2. Actions

  • All frontline staff to become dementia friends

    We will programme DF sessions for all watches and community safety staff over the coming 12 months so that all customer facing staff have a basic understanding of how dementia affects those living with it.

    A Dementia Friends session within their first six months service will form part of the standard induction programme of new staff in future


    2017 - First Quarter Update

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  • Provide a bespoke Home Safety Visit service for members of our community that live with dementia

    We aim to provide a personalized Home Safety Visit service for members of our community that are affected by dementia.

    This can include:

    •                                            supply replace where necessary or add to existing smoke alarms in their property
    •                                            arrange to have the ovens in the property cleaned where necessary
    •                                           delivery of deliver Home security, and Carbon Monoxide  advice.
    •                                             Provision of signposting to other dementia support services
  • Support the development of DAAs across Districts in Essex

    Offer DAA engagement as a personal development opportunity for staff so that each DAA has a local Essex RFS representative .


    2017 - First Quarter Update

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