GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has
teamed up with Trafford Council and partners to help prevent winter
deaths amongst vulnerable people in the area.
It's the second consecutive year that the council has
secured funding for the project from the Department of Health's
Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund and the first year that GMFRS has
The fund encourages local authorities to establish
projects to reduce winter deaths among vulnerable local
This year, the council has been given Â£57,973 to build on
last year's Warm and Healthy Trafford Project - a partnership
approach between the voluntary and community sector, health and
emergency services including GMFRS and police.
The project will run from December 2012 to March 2013 and
its outcomes and impact will be reviewed.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Trafford Councillor David Acton, said: "GMFRS is delighted to be
getting involved with the project this year and hope that by
working together we can help to make a real difference.
"The Service regularly works with vulnerable groups across
the county to prevent fires and help people protect themselves in
their homes so this project allows us to build on that work
"The main causes of fire are cooking and smoking-related
fires and accidents where heaters have been placed too close to
combustible materials while people try to keep warm."
Executive Councillor for Trafford Council, Karen Barclay,
said: "Through a partnership working group, we made sure this
year's funding bid incorporated the lessons learnt from last year
and demonstrated our commitment to further improve our
"With more partners on board, and clear priorities set, we
are confident the funding secured will help us inform, educate and
support those at risk of illness and untimely death over the
As well as GMFRS, new partners this year also include
Citizens Advice Trafford, police, Ageing Well Partnership, Trafford
Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board.
The project offers both practical and social solutions
with a focus on prevention and early intervention. Work will be
targeted to areas of known excess winter deaths, as well as
identifying people most at risk.
For advice on staying safe this winter, please visit http://www.safe4winter.com/ or the GMFRS
Anyone wanting more details about Trafford's Warm Homes,
Healthy People Fund activities should contact the Advice Line on
0161 848 2409 or 07785 714 740 or email [email protected]