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FIREFIGHTERS in Oldham have teamed up with a social housing partnership to improve the lives of local people.
Group Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale Ian Bailey signs the contract with the Chair of the OHIP David Smith and other members of the partnership
A partnership agreement between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership (OHIP) will see the organisations working together to identify and protect people most at risk.
OHIP is thesocial housing partnership for Oldham that covers approximately 21,000 households – that’s around 30 per cent of all housing in Oldham.
As part of the partnership, GMFRS will train OHIP staff to recognise when people are at risk of fire and other dangers.
The training will also include firefighters delivering life-saving Heartstart training – emergency life support skills including assessing someone who is unconscious, performing CPR, dealing with choking, and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.
Group Manager for Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, Ian Bailey, said: “The aim of the partnership is for OHIP staff to identify people in their homes who may be at increased risk of fire and refer them through to ourselves so that we can reduce that risk.
“Working in collaboration we can hopefully reduce the risk of fire, injuries and deaths in the home and help to improve the health, social and overall well-being of people living in Oldham.”
Chair of OHIP, David Smith, said: “OHIP is a partnership of the borough’s key social landlords, so we are delighted to be working with GMFRS to deliver information and advice about how to prevent fires in the home directly to our customers – helping them to keep safe.
“The agreement will mean we work together to identify and work with those most at risk of fire – carrying out fire risk assessments and addressing the issues identified.
“Things we can do include providing smoke alarms, removing combustibles from the home and replacing chip pans with a temperature controlled deep fat-fryer. We urge all of our customers who can benefit from this service to take advantage of the free advice and equipment on offer.”