Commissioner holds first fire and rescue service public performance meeting

Tuesday, 20th August 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE Commissioner Matthew Ellis has held the first fire and rescue service public performance meeting since he became responsible for its governance.

The performance meeting, which was filmed and live-streamed in full, was an opportunity for the public to find out more about the work of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service from Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant and her senior team.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • The number of incidents the service is called out to, and the ongoing prevention work with residents, businesses and partner agencies to reduce the risk to people and properties;
  • The importance of sprinkler systems in saving lives and reducing injuries, and the project that is currently underway to install them in high-rise flats across the county;
  • The service’s work with the Road Safety Partnership to further reduce road traffic collisions throughout Staffordshire;
  • ‘Safe and well’ visits which the service undertakes to vulnerable groups within our communities, providing advice and guidance and referring residents to partner agencies where appropriate.
Commissioner – Matthew Ellis

Commissioner – Matthew Ellis

In concluding the session, Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Matthew Ellis commented: “This has been a really interesting and useful first meeting. The fire service has always inspired a warm feeling that they’re there if you need them and part of the purpose of this board is to make sure people understand a little bit more about their work.

“I thank Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for everything they do to keep the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent safe.”

The full webcast of the performance meeting is available to view here:

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