Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 14

Unit 14 - Community Safety

Unit abstract

One of the primary objectives of the Fire and Rescue Services is to make people safer; from fire in the home, on the roads and also within the community. This includes reducing loss of life, injury and damage to property due to fire or accidents.

This unit will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of community safety initiatives designed to make people safer in their home and the wider community. They will participate in initiatives aimed at fire prevention, detection and escape from fire as well as those aimed at good road and personal safety.

Learners will gain an insight into how the Fire and Rescue Service implement National and local campaigns and activities and will participate in educational initiatives and other local safety activities in order to make their local community safer.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the main principles employed by Fire and Rescue Service to make the community safer
  • Understand what to do in the event of a fire
  • Understand how the Fire and Rescue Service promote safety in the local community and nationally

1 Understand the main principles employed by Fire and Rescue Service to make the community safer

Services: Home safety visits, installation of smoke alarms and other specialist fire safety equipment e.g. fire retardant bedding, deep fat fryers

Education: Fire safety: different types of smoke detectors, installation, maintenance, positioning; precautionary measures; fire safety equipment; encouraging the removal of rubbish and abandoned vehicles Road safety: speeding, drinking whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving Personal Safety: e.g. Smoking cessation, HeartStart and slips, trips and falls

Engagement: Youth engagement programmes and local Fire and Rescue Service specialist teams

2 Understand what to do in the event of a fire

Initial responses: raise an alarm e.g. shout for help, activate fire; react to smoke alarm

Fire escape plan: steps to preparing a plan at home; what to do if: there is a fire in the home, the escape route is blocked, if clothes catch fire; evacuation procedures for public buildings

3 Understand how the Fire and Rescue Service promote safety in the local community and nationally

Community campaigns: purpose; how they meet local needs; types of campaigns e.g. public event attendance, demonstration units; advertising and media

National campaigns: purpose; role of Government in creating, publicising and funding of national campaigns; types of campaigns e.g. safety education programme, advertising and media

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1carry out a fire safety check at home or in a simulated home setting
P2design a fire escape plan for their own home
P3describe a local or national safety campaign

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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