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Fire service offering training to police officers in Lichfield

Police staff in Lichfield are being trained by the fire service colleagues to help identify risks in the home.

More than 100 sergeants and police community support officers will be trained across the Trent Valley Division during sessions at Lichfield Police Station.

The training is part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Olive Branch scheme which provides training for people who, through their work, enter the homes of vulnerable people. It helps them to identify signs of fire risk and investigate whether the property has a smoke alarm.

Hundreds of social care and health workers have been trained by the service to assess fire safety risks when they go into homes in the past three years.

Lichfield Risk Reduction Manager Carmel Warren said:

“Since Olive Branch was launched more than 1,000 people across the Staffordshire have received essential fire safety support. This initiative has a positive impact on peoples’ lives as it provides them with a sense of security in their home.

“Sometimes, just knowing help is available can make all the difference.”

The training sessions at Lichfield Police Station will take place during May, June and August with police staff from Uttoxeter, Tamworth, Chasetown, Burton and Lichfield taking part.

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