FiRELiNK eNewsletter - February 2018
Welcome to the February edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Fantastic 4th place in Stonewall's Top 100
The Service has rocketed into the top five of LGBT charity Stonewall's prestigious Top 100 Employers list for 2018.
We've jumped four places from our 2017 8th place to a fantastic 4th position. We are also, once again, the best performing emergency service in the UK due to our efforts to engage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff, volunteers and communities.
This is the sixth consecutive year that we have featured in the Top 100, which assesses organisations ranging from local authorities to international investment banks against criteria including engagement with staff and communities, training and leadership.
Cooking safely in foodie February
It’s all about food and cooking this February and we want to make sure that everyone enjoys the month safely.
Children across the region will be on half term this month and may be spending more time in the kitchen, families will be enjoying pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, February 13, and some couples will be enjoying romantic home-cooked meals for Valentine's Day on February 14.
In light of these events taking place in February we are urging everyone to think safety first when cooking to ensure your culinary delights don’t turn into a disaster.
Could you be an on-call firefighter?
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting for on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Malpas, Middlewich, Penketh, Stockton Heath, Tarporley, Wilmslow and Winsford Fire Stations.
We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren't necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.
Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.
Country roads - deadlier than you THINK!
We're supporting the THINK! country roads campaign. This campaign warns drivers of the dangers of country roads, using the strapline: 'brake before the bend, not on it’.
59% of fatal road accidents occur on country roads. In 2015, 10,307 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Great Britain.
The highest contributory factor to killed or seriously injured casualties on rural roads is loss of control, which is frequently associated with inappropriate speed at bends.
These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards. So brake before the bend to give yourself time to react and stay in control.
Chester businesses benefit from advice visits
Over 450 businesses in Chester city centre have benefited from personalised advice visits by officers from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The Business Advice Impact Day was organised by the Council and officers also handed out copies of a new business advice booklet for city centre businesses.
For more information - Impact day in Chester
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