Welcome to the October edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Have your say on our draft plans for 2015/16
The twelve week consultation on the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2015/16 is now underway and will last until Wednesday 31 December. During this time the Service will consult with the public, key partners and stakeholders and members of staff.
The draft 2015/16 Plan proposes to continue with the emergency response programme outlined in previous IRMPs (IRMP 10 and IRMP 11 ) which has previously been consulted upon.
Please take a few minutes to have your say and complete the online consultation survey.
Find out more - Have your say on our draft plans for 2015/16
Annual Report 2014
Cheshire Fire Authority has now published an annual report for Warrington, Halton, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester. The annual report is a comprehensive report on our activities throughout 2013/14.
The Annual Report will be distributed to homes in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington during the next few weeks.
Find out more - Annual Report 2014
It’s been a busy month for Awards
Throughout the last month Service personnel have received three national awards.
Fire Service road safety champion honoured
Lifesaving Nantwich firefighters win national award
Road safety champion honoured for a lifetime's work
Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms
Cheshire residents are being urged to check their smoke alarms as they prepare to turn the clocks back.
The clocks go back at 2.00am on Sunday 26 October and as summer time officially ends, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to prepare for the autumn and winter by checking their smoke alarms.
Find out more - Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms
Stay safe on Bonfire Night by going to an organised bonfire or fireworks display - most injuries occur when people hold their own bonfire parties.
If you plan to have fireworks at home, please use them properly by following the firework code.
Please use the link below to view a list of organised bonfire/fireworks displays in Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.
View a list of organised bonfires
Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman SamFollow Fireman Sam's top 10 safety tips to make sure you have a safe Bonfire night.
Here's a fun way to make sure your family is safe on Bonfire Night - watch this series of videos to take some tips from Fireman Sam.
Watch the Bonfire Night safety tips from Fireman Sam
Road safetyEvery year we attend hundreds of road traffic collisions, rescuing drivers and their passengers and providing emergency first aid and trauma care. We want you to be safe when driving so we promote and support driver engagement events throughout the year.
Over the next few weeks we will be taking part in winter driving events and supporting the Department for Transport’s Think! Campaign.
Winter driving events 2014
Cheshire firefighters will be out and about around the county, offering drivers the chance to have their cars checked before the colder weather sets in. Along with partner agencies, firefighters will be carrying out free safety checks on cars as part of their continuing campaign for safer roads in Cheshire.
Find out more - winter driving events
Country roads - deadlier than you THINK!
A new THINK! campaign launched on 9th October 2014 warns drivers of the dangers of country roads, using the strapline:
'brake before the bend, not on it’
60% of all fatalities occur on country roads. 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.
Find out more - Country roads - deadlier than you THINK
Could you be an on-call firefighter in Winsford?
We are inviting anyone who wants to see if they've got what it takes to be a firefighter to come along to two taster events in Winsford.
The events will give potential applicants the opportunitiy to meet full-time and on-call crews, as well as training and recruitment officers, who will explain exactly how to follow the recruitment process.
They will also be able to try out the physical tests in the brand new recruitment pod, a bespoke test unit housing the elements needed for the national firefighter recruitment tests.
Find out more - Could you be an on-call firefighter in Winsford?