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Community Safety

The Community Safety Portfolio is made up of two distinct areas that cover all of the Services prevention and protection activities.

Prevention and Inclusion

This area of work encompasses a range of activities which are focused on the safety of our diverse communities in their homes, on the road and at leisure. Some of this work is carried out with partner organisations where responsibilities overlap. In Derbyshire, this work includes:

  • Running community safety campaigns that raise awareness of specific events such as chimney fire safety week, support national fire safety drives, like the Fire Kills campaign, or that help keep fire safety fresh in the minds of the communities of Derbyshire like our Question Your Perception campaign
  • Playing a key role in the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership to prevent incidents on Derbyshire's roads. DFRS takes the lead role on reducing the number of deaths and injuries among young drivers aged 17 to 25
  • Providing funding through partnership working for Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinators to help reduce incidents of arson in the eight district council areas in the county
  • Carrying out free home fire safety checks, especially for vulnerable households, to make sure people have fitted and working smoke alarms and know how to escape from their home in the event of a fire breaking out
  • Schools' education work through fire safety education to years 2 and 6 pupils in local education authority schools
  • Working with young people on the YES! (Youth Engagement Scheme) project, the Fire cadet schemes and Firesafe, which is working with young people at risk of fire setting.
  • Looking at how we communicate with the diverse communities across the county and sharing good practice with our partners when delivering our services.
  • Building a culture of inclusion within the Service that is reflected in the interactions of our employees with members of the communities of Derbyshire.

You can read more about our varied work with our partners by visiting our community work section. More detail about the Services Inclusion and Equality work and achievements can be found in our Inclusion and Equality section.

Protection

This area of work centres on the duties of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.

DFRS has a duty to enforce the Order in non-domestic premises within the county. The Order is designed to protect people from fire. Individuals and groups who have control over premises are now responsible for making sure people in or around them are not at risk from fire and its effects.

The Order also includes powers to make sure that facilities within premises that are there to help firefighters in their work are maintained and available.

There are a range of options open when breaches or potential breaches of the Order are identified. These range from advice and agreed action plans through to alteration, enforcement and prohibition notices and, in other circumstances, prosecutions.

Except for single private houses, all work on buildings that are subject to building control legislation requires building control authorities to consult DFRS. These consultations range from projects such as alterations to the entrance hall in a small nursery school, to the major refurbishment and extension of a city centre shopping complex or a multi storey hospital. None of these places should be constructed, occupied and managed in a way that puts people in or around them, at an unacceptable exposure to the risk of harm if a fire occurs.

In the largest and most complex premises, specialist fire engineers develop solutions bespoke to the premises structure and use. These solutions have to be verified by this group and this is managed by running computer simulations of fire growth within them. These computer simulations have proved invaluable in demonstrating how a fire would behave and how a building would perform if a fire occurred. These models are also used to recreate events to assist in fire investigation.

Fire investigation is another role within the Protection work area and, in Derbyshire, co-ordinates local and regional intelligence to advise and support fire investigation officers, working closely with the police. Within this area is the regionally funded Fire Investigation Dog and Handler and the Regional Fire Investigation Coordinator.

For information on how your business can support the work of the DFRS and for fire safety advice for business click visit our Fire Safety at Work and Other Places section.

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