HWFRS to support with high rise community safety event in Kidderminster
On Wednesday 12 July from 2pm – 5:30pm, a community safety event will be taking place at Hurcott Flats in Kidderminster. Wyre Forest Community Housing (WFCH) is hosting the event supported by their Housing Management Services, Corporate Services, Vestia, Oakleaf and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).
The aim of the event is to reassure and inform residents of fire safety within high rise accommodation. The event will also provide WFCH the opportunity to discuss the safety standards that are in place as well as discussing any planned works agreed for improvements with residents and ideally the day will result in a tenant community safety group being formed.
HWFRS will be onsite throughout the community safety event with a fire engine for people to look around as well equipment that is used by firefighters. There will also be a smoke tent that fills up with cosmetic smoke and helps to teach people the benefits of working smoke alarms.
Later on in the evening, HWFRS will be running a pre-planned training exercise that forms part of HWFRS strategy to maintain familiarity with buildings within the region on an on-going basis. Four fire engines and crews from across the Wyre Forest will be training at Hurcott Flats to test the operation response to an upper floor fire in the region.
Station Commander, Daryl Justice said: "It is set to be a great day working with Wyre Forest Community Housing and their partners to educate the residents of Hurcott flats and the local community about fire safety, including fire prevention measures like working smoke alarms."
He continued: "During the evening we will be running our third training exercise in the past 12 months at Hurcott flats that will provide HWFRS crews with realistic conditions to train in to ensure they are ready to respond in the time of need."
Ian Hancock, WFCH Executive Director responsible for managing the repair and maintenance of the flats said "We take fire safety extremely seriously with daily checks and an annual Fire Risk Assessment. We welcome the chance to work with the Fire Service to help ensure our tenants are safe."
Further fire safety advice for people living in high rise accommodation can be found at www.hwfire.org.uk