SPRINGBOARD (Starting a Proactive Response, Introducing New Gains, Benefiting Older-people and Reducing Dependency) goes beyond the traditional Home Safety Assessment model, which involves a simple but effective fire risk assessment.

The partnership has enabled the Service to access existing electronic databases to identify and help people who might require extra help. This has resulted in the Service arranging to visit more than 47,000 people aged over 65, not only to offer potentially life saving advice, but also to refer people to other agencies or arrange for additional services and support.

The economic downturn has seen the number of people at risk within communities steadily increase, at a time when the pressure on public sector finances is also high. As the effects of the public spending squeeze are felt across local government, it is more important than ever that central and local agencies work together to tackle shared problems and use resources to best effect.

While maintaining an appropriate balance between an effective emergency response and community-based prevention work will always be challenging, it is vital the downturn does not force partners to retreat from collaboration. The contribution that fire and rescue services make is unique, and our powerful brand and positive public perception must continue to play a key part in helping local partners and government to deliver safer and healthy communities.

If you would like further information, or would like to be involved in the SPRINGBOARD partnership please email: interventions@cheshirefire.gov.uk

SPRINGBOARD Newsletter (new window PDF 458 KB)