Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) has unveiled a new look fire engine to highlight its commitment to support dementia in partnership with the Nuneaton and Bedworth Dementia Action Alliance, Alzheimer’s Society and Warwickshire County Council (WCC).
The artwork has been specifically developed to provide people living with dementia, family and friends with the support and information needed to access key services for a loved one who may be living with Dementia.
The fire engine will continue to be used to respond to emergency incidents and community visits, but it will also highlight the fire service’s support of those living with dementia while it is out and about in Warwickshire keeping our communities safe.
It is etimated that there are currently 7,600 people in Warwickshire living with dementia. This number is expected to rise to just over 11,000 in the next ten years.
Talking about the initiative, Station Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Keith McDermott, said:
“It is important that our fire crews are informed and educated about those living with dementia, especially when they’re carrying out Safe and Well visits across the county, where they meet many residents with dementia. It is vital that our crews have a good understanding so that they can give safety advice in an appropriate way and identify when a resident may need further support.
“We hope that our Dementia Friendly appliance will encourage many of you to follow in the footsteps of our firefighters and raise awareness of the impact of dementia within our communities.
“We look forward to getting the truck out on the roads and championing dementia all around Warwickshire!”
Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, said:
“It is important that we take shared responsibility to make sure that people with dementia are understood so that they can continue to be part of their community, whilst staying safe and supported.
“If you see the WFRS dementia truck out and about around Warwickshire, I’d like to encourage everyone to share images on social media by tagging @WarwickshireFireandRescueService on Facebook and @WarksFireRescue on Twitter and Instagram to raise awareness about dementia!”
Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for adult social care and health added:
“Supporting our residents with dementia is a key priority for Warwickshire County Council and raising awareness of dementia throughout the county with the help of WFRS is a great way to do this.
“We hope it reminds residents to learn more about dementia, and even take the initiative to become a Dementia Friend – an opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.”
Throughout 2019, WCC has encouraged their workforce and the wider community to increase their understanding of dementia. There are now nearly 30,000 Dementia Friends across the county. Many of WFRS staff have become Dementia Friends, so why not support them and find out more about dementia and become a Dementia Friend. Please visit Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website to find out more: https://dementia.warwickshire.gov.uk/