Volunteers and care workers are trained to spot vulnerable residents at high risk of fire through the Olive Branch initiative.
The training, adapted from best practice in Staffordshire, is aimed at organisations that have direct contact with vulnerable people in our communities, including voluntary sector, charities, and care workers.
Staff or volunteers undertake the Olive Branch training session with CFRS staff to identify hazards and refer any concerns and the resident’s details directly to the fire service.
By receiving Olive Branch referrals, we can not only direct our efforts to those at risk, it also allows us to use our resources in a more efficient and effective way.
The British Red Cross, MIND, Alzheimer’s Society and commercial care providers engage in the scheme. If you know or work for an organisation that you think can take part, contact Station Commander Gavin Hammond email@example.com.