Community Safety Advocates
Preventing fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies is a priority for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. The Community Safety team works with those most at risk within our communities to make them safer from house fires, anti-social fires, arson and road traffic collisions.
The level of risk faced by an individual is often determined by a combination of lifestyle, social and personal characteristics. Examples of people who could be more at risk include: older people, someone with mobility problems, those experiencing mental ill health, people living in poor or overcrowded housing, non-English speakers, people with alcohol and drug issues and individuals with learning difficulties.
The behaviours of some residents newly arrived in Britain can also place them at risk: for example, misusing electrical equipment and plug sockets because electricity provision is difficult in their country of origin.
Community safety advocates deliver awareness talks to school and other community groups, carry out home safety visits and fit smoke alarms. They need to be confident, effective communicators, able to work with members of staff, the public, and partner agencies alike. They may have specialist knowledge of particular vulnerable at risk groups, or the social, economic or environmental issues within particular areas. Being able to build rapport and provide education to groups with different needs is very important.