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Fire safety partnership wins national award

Fire safety partnership wins national award

We are pleased to announce that our partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has won a prestigious national award.

We have been commended for our joint work in communicating fire safety advice to residents in the government's Regulatory Excellence Awards. Our partnership achieved the Social Outcome Award, announced to an audience of regulatory professionals at the Safety & Standards Showcase in London.

Primary Authority Award

For us, our parternship ensures that the safety of our residents in our 37,000 homes is given the highest priority. By gaining advice from WYFRS, we have been able to adopt a single fire strategy across the Group.

The partnership also provides many training opportunities for us and WYFRS. WYFRS are able to use basements and stairwells in high rise blocks and estates due for demolition to replicate fire conditions in training activities.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, we have worked together to produce new fire safety guidance materials for residents. These included a series of Sixty Seconds Safety Videos – 6 short videos designed to be watched online, advising residents on how you can stay safe and well in your homes.

If you haven't seen our series of short videos yet, you can watch them here:

60 Second Safety Video

Welcoming this award, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Receiving this prestigious award is a great endorsement of the work we’re doing with Together Housing to reach-out to their tenants.

“Residents need to know about what to do in the rare event of a fire to best help the Fire Service tackle it quickly and keep yourself and your family safe.

“Also, if people can be more vigilant about fire safety there’s less chance of the Fire Service being called to false alarms which takes up our time and resources unnecessarily.”

George Paterson, Director of Property Services for Together Housing Group, praised the work of our staff: “The safety of our residents and communities is given the highest priority and colleagues across the organisation continue to work hard to ensure residents are safe in their homes.

“Together Housing has a long-term partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and it’s been great to work with them on these really important videos as part of our ongoing work. This is partnership working at its best and we’re very proud to receive this major award.

“The risk from fire is something that is always there, but by taking simple steps, residents can drastically reduce the chance of a fire and keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.”

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