Exploring practical systems change: why are we not learning all the lessons we could about fire safety?

  • prevention: from the first moment someone said ‘wouldn’t it be better if houses didn’t go on fire?’, the game changed. In the UK, awareness-raising and regulations on fire safety, unattended chip-pans, wiring and especially electric blankets, smoking in bed — just the examples I remember most vividly — have changed the game from purely rescuing to prevention. And, apart from the horrific realities of the Grenfell fire, reduction of deaths in accidental house fires has been a huge public service success story
  • identity; as fire fighters spent less time training for crisis situations and more time checking the smoke alarms in old people’s houses, the macho saviour image has changed somewhat, and fire services are often amongst the most collaborative local public services — they are trusted, they can check for trip and slip hazards, CO2 risk, signs of food and fuel poverty and abuse.
  • David to outline his current position
  • Clarification question to David
  • Discussion (in small groups depending on numbers) on potential next steps — with opportunities to go back to David with further clarification
  • Report out with clear identification of commitments / offers / suggestions
  • Check out

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