What we do :: Our Approach
While the number of accidental dwelling fires and consequent injuries and deaths are decreasing, evidence shows that certain groups of people are significantly over-represented amongst these casualties.
It is only by raising awareness of fire risk, and generating a wider understanding of the roles that people can play both in increasing fire risk and mitigating its effects, that communities themselves can truly support the work of the Fire & Rescue Services by beginning to take more responsibility for their own safety.
TARGET those most vulnerable/at risk from fire
Existing evidence and research indicates particular groups of people within the community are at greater risk from fire e.g. older people, individuals with mental health issues. However, not all individuals within these groups are necessarily at risk. For example, ageing is often associated with other factors such as mobility problems or sensory impairment - factors known to increase fire risk.
We also know that most fires do not just ‘happen’. Someone’s actions or inactions (behaviour), usually cause the fire, the consequences of which can then be made worse by the way people engage with or react to it.
It is these people that need to be reached and who are often also known to other organisations.
By engaging with communities, organisations and individuals we are able to raise awareness of the impact of human behaviour, conditions and attitudes on fire risk.
Firebrake can deliver a number of solutions aimed at minimizing fire risk and will work with organisations and communities of interest to determine the most appropriate support. The delivery aspect of our work involves providing the means to enable others to share responsibility for fire safety. Our focus is on sustainability and ongoing engagement. Current materials include advice and guidance for support staff and a ‘checklist’ for individuals potentially at risk.