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As part of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescues Services (WFRS) strategic vision to make the Warwickshire the safest place to live, they have produced a series of initiatives, training packages and guidance documents, aimed at those working with and or supporting those members of the community with care and support needs.

Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board, Serious Case Review, Safeguarding Adult Reviews, and Public sector organisations have a duty under the Care Act 2014 to work effectively and in partnership to ensure that individuals can continue living independently, safely in their own home for as long as possible.

Fire Service data analysis concludes that casualties of accidental dwelling fires who are in receipt of care and support, are more likely to be severely injured or die as a result of the fire.

Additionally, WFRS Serious Incident reviews (SIR), have identified a need for the risk and vulnerability for fire to be integral to the initial and ongoing individuals care plan, this should also include a responsibility to monitor and review any change of circumstance that affects that risk.

To help achieve this, it is essential that fire safety is included in any care plan and those involved with the care provision fully understand how best to reduce any risk.

The aims and objectives of this document and associated learning provides information in the following areas: -
> Identifying risk and vulnerability to fire
> The importance to include the risk of fire at initial assessment and care plan design
> When and how to refer to WFRS including what support and services are available

We trust this document will help raise awareness to the correlation of those living independently in their own home* with care and support needs and any potential fire risk that this may pose.

To download a copy of the document click here or visit our 'Useful Information' webpage.

*The term ‘own home’ includes those people who live in Sheltered Housing with Care and Housing with Extra Care Schemes


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