We make our community safer by aiming to prevent incidents from occurring. We do this by educating, delivering safety advice and engaging with those most at risk. Our prevention work is achieved by understanding the needs of our community and working in collaboration with a range of partners.
People at Risk
Our ‘People at Risk’ definition refers to anyone who is aged 50 or older; has a disability or impaired mobility (includes those with an impairment or health condition that would impact on their ability to acknowledge and respond to an emergency in the home); or are referred to NIFRS by a partnership agency.
Statistics show that people who meet our ‘People at Risk’ definition are deemed to be at higher risk from having an accidental fire in their home, and so we specifically target our fire safety prevention activity to them.
Strategically Targeted Areas of Risk – STAR
‘STAR’ areas are geographical locations that we specifically target to provide fire safety advice and offer free home fire safety checks. To determine ‘STAR’ areas we analysed operational risk data; an index of deprivation areas; census data of ‘People at Risk’ and the time it would take the nearest Fire Appliance to reach that area.
As well as responding operationally to Road Traffic Collisions, we also deliver an educational programme aimed at reducing death and injury on our roads. The programme, ‘Your Choice’, uses virtual reality to highlight to 16-24 year old’s of the dangers on our roads and what can happen if things go wrong.
We are passionate about engaging with young people. We promote an environment where young people are empowered to lead, guided to contribute, and allowed to make mistakes. We have several schemes that engage with young people.
Collaboration and Partnership
We work collaboratively with our partner agencies to identify those in our community who may be more at risk from fire. Doing so allows us to provide enhanced assistance to those who need our help the most.