We work closely with our partner agencies to identify those in our community who may be more at risk from fire. Our partners are organisations across the health, social care, voluntary and local government sectors, and they are in touch with the people we want to reach on a daily basis. Working collaboratively with them means we are able to reach out to those who are more at risk from fire, to make sure they are doing all they can to stay safe.
Arrangements are made by signing a partnership agreement for the mutual benefit of both agencies.
We offer these services free of charge-
- Home Fire Safety Checks –a visit to the home to offer detailed fire safety advice and ensure that the home is fitted with a working smoke alarm.
- Talks to ‘people at risk’ groups –a visit where a talk is delivered to detail how to stay safe from fire in the home.
We currently have over 110 partners.
People at risk
We define people at risk as those who-
- are aged 50 or older
- have a disability or impaired mobility,* or
- are referred to NIFRS by a partnership agency
*includes people with a health condition that would impact on their ability to acknowledge and respond to an emergency in the home.
We will also accept referrals for people who fall outside of this definition but who may also be at risk. Each referral is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
How to make contact with our Prevention Team
A partnership agreement can be developed, or a talk to a ‘people at risk’ group can be requested, through an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone call to 028 9266 4221, or by letter to The Partnership Co-ordinator, NIFRS Headquarters, 1 Seymour Street, Lisburn, BT27 4SX.
If you are an existing partner and need to get in touch with the Partnership Lead Officer in your area, contact your nearest District Office and ask for a member of the Prevention & Protection Team.
District Offices operate Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. If you require advice outside of these times, please call – 028 9266 4221. District Offices telephone numbers and email addresses are as follows-
The Safer Together Project
The Safer Together Project is a partnership between Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) and NIFRS that aims to reach those most at risk from fire in our community.
The project team identified that people working in the community needed more support to identify and manage fire risks in the homes of the people they care for. They have created the resources below to meet the needs of those working and living in the community.
- The Safer Together Brochure provides more information on the project.
- There are two fire risk awareness videos available, one for Social Work and Social Care and the other for service users and the family, friends and neighbours of older people.
- The Fire Risk Awareness Form highlights fire risks for social workers and Social Care staff in the community.
- The Fire Risk Identification and Management Information Booklet provides social workers, and others in health and social care, with detailed information on fire risks and intervention strategies to mitigate the risk.
- We have leaflets that address the issue of neighbours not responding to smoke alarms sounding and the main risks of fire for older people. If you would like either of these, email us at email@example.com or call our Prevention Team on 028 90310360.