How Fire and Rescue Service makes a difference to young people: taken from his talk at this year's Association of Chief Police Officer's Conference, CFO Lee Howells, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, and CFOA Lead Officer for Children and Young People, highlights best practice and urges more multi agency working to reduce risks to the community.(Learning & Development)

MUCH OF THE RESPONSE activities for the Fire and Rescue Service, such as hoax calls, deliberate property and vehicle related crime, juvenile firesetting and anti-social behaviour is caused by disaffected children and young people. We know that if we can focus greater attention on children and young people strategies, we can have a significant impact in reducing risk to the community and costs to the Service at the same time.

The modern Fire and Rescue Service does so much more than just put out fires. The government's modernisation agenda, embraced and supported by CFOA, has ensured that there is a firm statutory footing which ensures that 'prevention' rather than 'intervention' is our primary focus.

Every fire and rescue service within the UK is actively embracing community safety activities and can outline how they are working differently to what would have been expected of the Fire and Rescue Service in the past. We recognise that in order to better protect the public we need to contribute to partnership working and improve community working in the widest sense.

We recognise that we have a contribution to make as positive role models and we recognise that firefighters can assist young people make a positive contribution to society, improve personal skills and improve the safety and the life chances of disaffected or hard to reach young people. We also know that we can not (and should not try) do this alone as whilst we have a significant contribution to make, the issues are complex and require joined-up thinking from a wide range of partners.

Fire Initiatives

The Fire and Rescue Service has a strong track record of delivery and engagement with children and young people. …

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