Fire Service commits to enhanced service for those with dementia
Senior firefighters at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service will undertake training during Dementia Awareness Week (Sunday 19 to Saturday 25 May) to further improve services for people with dementia.
Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann, Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley and other senior officers will undertake the Alzheimer's Society 'Dementia Friends' training on Monday 20 May and then commit to turning this understanding into action. The training covers what it is like to live with dementia and how people and organisations can create dementia-friendly communities.
The training will take place before the quarterly meeting of the Nottinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance, which involves the Alzheimer's Society and Nottinghamshire organisations working together to improve services for people with dementia.
The Fire Service has already signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance's National Dementia Declaration, committing to actions such as training staff, sharing best practice, promoting independence for people with dementia, enhancing communication and using fire safety technology in the homes of people with dementia.
Chris Hooper, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's Engagement and Partnership Manager, said: “We are doing a lot of work to keep people with dementia and their carers safe from fire, and the fact that our senior firefighters are becoming 'Dementia Friends' emphasises our commitment to this section of the community."
Robbie Lane from Alzheimer's Society in the East Midlands said: “It is fantastic to have Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service getting involved in the 'Dementia Friends' programme. A 'Dementia Friend' learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - from helping someone who you might meet whilst at work to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.
"We would like to encourage other individuals and organisations in Nottinghamshire to think about what they can do to understand and support the 13,000 people who are living with dementia in the county.”
Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer's Society. Further information is available at www.alzheimers.org.uk/talkdementia.