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GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories for the Association of Public Sector Excellence (APSE) Service Awards 2015.
The prestigious annual awards recognise excellence in frontline services delivered by local authorities and public sector organisations.
Out of 10 awards available the Service has been shortlisted for two – one for the Community Risk Intervention Team (CRIT) in the Best Efficiency and Transformation Initiative category and the second for a volunteering partnership initiative with Manchester Cathedral, which is nominated for Best Employment and Equality Initiative.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted for these awards as GMFRS continues to demonstrate the value of Community Risk Intervention and our volunteer programmes to the communities we serve.
“The fire and rescue service can contribute significantly to the wider prevention agenda and support partners in reducing demand on a range of public services in new and innovative ways.”
The CRIT pilot began in January 2015 and has seen teams based at Agecroft, Wigan and Wythenshawe responding to cardiac arrests and falls for North West Ambulance Service and concerns for welfare on behalf of Greater Manchester Police.
The teams of non-firefighters have also carried out prevention work, such as fitting handrails to prevent falls in the home and fitting smoke alarms.
The pilot has seen CRITs respond to 1,866 calls up to the end of June. Meanwhile, they have also carried out 630 Home Safety Checks.
Manchester Cathedral’s volunteer programme has been successfully working in partnership with GMFRS since March 2014. The cathedral works with unemployed people, providing support and opportunities to help get them back into work.
Individuals initially sign up to a 10-week programme that includes volunteering, coaching and mentoring, employability skills delivered by a local college and job club support helping volunteers to develop their CVs, complete job applications and receive mock interviews.
GMFRS provides volunteering opportunities to help people build on a variety of skills and they’ve been involved in activities such as leaflet drops, Heartstart training, Home Safety Check training, carrying out a community safety event and firefighter experience days.
Since the partnership began, 63 individuals have secured a volunteering placement with GMFRS with a number of those going on to secure employment.
APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said: “I am delighted to announce these deserving finalists who are putting innovation, commitment and quality into our local government frontline services.”
The winners will be announced by broadcaster and meteorologist Sian Lloyd on Thursday, September 3 at an event in Swansea.