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Healthwatch Worcestershire is an independent organization which helps everyone in the county have a say about health and social care. They;
- Gather views of the people who use services
- Visit services to talk to people and see how things are done
- Tell people where to go to find out about services
- Suggest how services can be improved - from a patient or service user point of view
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for providing day-to-day fire and rescue services across the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Its governing body is Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority and it is through the Authority that the Service is answerable to the general public for its actions and performance.
The Authority is a legally required fire and rescue authority that ensures the Fire and Rescue Service is able to carry out its duties in relation to fire prevention, fire safety, firefighting and rescues, including from road traffic collisions and other emergencies, such as flooding.
An important role is to collect funding from the local councils through a precept, which is a portion of Council Tax allocated to deliver its services; it also receives a small proportion of local business rates and grant funding from the Government.
With this, the Authority sets a budget and approves the overall direction for the Service. The Authority is also responsible for appointing the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive. It holds the Chief Fire Officer to account, and ensures the Service has the right people, equipment and training to carry out duties efficiently and in the best interest of the public and community it serves.
In this area of our website you will find information about both the Service and Authority, including management committees, service structure and our frontline services such as fire station and vehicles.
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) offers FREE Home Fire Safety Checks HWFRS staff will visit your home to offer safety advice specific to your household and personal circumstances. During the visit, they will check your smoke alarms and install new ones as needed, and will ensure that you are doing all that you can to avoid the risk of a fire in your home. They will also help you work out an escape plan in the event of fire. Home Fire Safety Checks are aimed primarily towards those who may be more at risk of a fire in their home, such as older people, those living alone or people with mobility issues, sensory impairments or additional needs.Please call Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 032 1155 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check or click on this link http://www.hwfire.org.uk/safety-and-advice/home-safety/request-visit/
Home-Start Wyre Forest is a Family Support Organisation delivering friendship and support to parents with young children in the Wyre Forest district of Worcestershire.