Community engagement in Cheshire: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has a strong tradition of working with its local communities, becoming the first fire and rescue service to achieve Beacon Council Status for Community Cohesion back in 2003. The following are a selection of the huge range of issues Cheshire is involved with.(Cheshire Focus)

THE ENGAGEMENT WITH LOCAL communities is going to be particularly critical in the future as the organisation faces the challenge of making sure it fully integrates and delivers its services within the new Unitary Authorities created by the Local Government Review in Cheshire.

Major changes in the organisation's structure are underway to ensure the service is at the very heart of Local Strategic Partnerships and can maximise its ability to influence the development of Local Area Agreements.

This feature highlights just some of the innovative community projects and schemes being carried out which are critical in demonstrating the major contribution the service can make to the broader community safety agenda in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington in the future.


High profile publicity campaigns have been used not only to highlight key safety messages to at risk groups in the community but also to develop partnerships with other key agencies.

'When Things Hot Up' was a poster campaign aimed mainly at students which gave multiple messages, including promoting smoke alarms and home safety assessments, safe sex and equalities. Launched at the start of the academic year, the poster was widely distributed and displayed on roadside hoardings. Both CFRS and the Local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) put out press releases, the only difference being that the PCT was promoting safe sex and greater use of condoms in conjunction with fire safety messages. …

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