Fire service staff help patients in Rotherham hospice

Fire safety education is to be delivered to hundreds of people in Rotherham suffering from life limiting illnesses.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has joined forces with Rotherham Hospice as part of National Hospice Care Week, which will see fire service staff delivering training to hospice staff and handing out fire safety advice to patients and their families.

Patients may be referred to receive a home safety check, where fire service staff visit homes to suggest ways of making them safer.

Fire officers hope that by launching this scheme they can make a real difference to the wellbeing of the hundreds of patients Rotherham Hospice works with.

Area Manager Steve Helps, said: “We aren’t aware of any other partnership around the country which sees fire safety education delivered to people receiving end of life care in this way.

“As a service which is here to make the lives of everyone in South Yorkshire safer, we think it is only right that we give the same level of fire safety advice to people receiving end of life care as anyone else in our community.

“We completely understand that for many of the families the hospice works with, who have so many other things to think about, fire safety probably isn’t at the top of their list of priorities. But by offering some simple fire prevention tips in a sympathetic way, we think we can do something small to make the lives of service users safer.”

The fire service to roll the scheme out at other hospices across South Yorkshire.

Diane Keeley, Head of Patient and Family Support Services at Rotherham Hospice, said: “This vital connection with the fire service will benefit our patients, their families and carers, key staff and volunteers.”