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A RESEARCH project between Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the University of Salford has proved successful.
The Post Incident Research Programme started at the end of 2012, and involved GMFRS and the University as part of an ongoing partnership between the two organisations.
The project allowed Community Safety Advisors (CSAs) from GMFRS to interview householders who have had an accidental fire at home, to find out what might have led to the incident.
An event took place on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, where findings from the year-long pilot were shared and members of staff were thanked for their input into the project that has provided GMFRS with valuable information.
GMFRS' Deputy County Fire Officer, Jim Owen, welcomed project members to the event, along with CSAs and two interviewees, and talked about how valuable the project has been.
Jim Owen said: "The research project is just part of our shift in culture to allow GMFRS and the University of Salford to help improve the quality of life of those in Greater Manchester.
"One of the main findings of the project revealed that people feel embarrassed about having in the event of a fire, with some even attempting to tackle it themselves."
CSA Flora Hardman spoke at the event about her experiences gained from the interviews and it is evident that people's stories will be really powerful and help GMFRS to further educate the community as well as staff.
Other speakers included Research and Evaluation Officer Jess Smith, Dr Andrew Clark, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Professor Maggie Pearson, Professor Eileen Fairhurst and Group Manager Tony Bryan from GMFRS.
L-R Mike Taylor, Head of Industrial Partnerships, UoS,, Tony Bryan, Service Delivery Prevention Manager, GMFRS, Jessica Smith, Research and Evaluation Officer, GMFRS, Paul Sharples, Head of Intelligence and GMFRS, Professor Maggie Pearson, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Public Benefit) and Dean of College of Health and Social Care, UoS, Dr Andrew Clark, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, UoS, Professor Eileen Fairhurst, Professor in Public Health, UoS, Professor Philip James, Professor of Ecology, UoS
Jess Smith, Research and Evaluation Officer at GMFRS, said: "The success of the project means that GMFRS and the University of Salford will continue to gather information through interviews.
"It means we can create a growing archive that will provide a valuable resource for GMFRS and associated researchers to use in the future."
Head of Industrial Partnerships at the University of Salford, Mike Taylor, said: "Over the last 18 months GMFRS and the University have invested a significant amount of time and resources into learning about each other's organisations, building trust and developing our relationship through what is the core of our partnership methodology.
"Together we address real industrial and community challenges to help GMFRS bring about positive change in its mission to protect and improve the quality of life of the people in Greater Manchester.
"As a University we gain a great deal through our Industrial Partnerships, from joint research projects by blending academic excellence with student innovation enabling us to significantly improve our students' learning experience while also developing research areas. GMFRS has truly embraced our unique partnership methodology and we are looking forward to continuing to work closely with them for many years to come."
At the event a summary document, containing key findings from the programme, was distributed - which can be found by clicking here.