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COMMUNITY SAFETY OPERATIONAL PLAN
The Community Safety Division is a division that is completely based on the principle of educating the community to become more fire safe conscious. Therefore it is essential that all sphere`s are covered to reach this goal. It is with that in mind that a program is established to make sure that we do deliver and that we can and will realize the fact that it is our responsibility to make sure that all of our communities do have a
“good life” and that they all CAN reach their full potential.
Community outreach programmes
The following is a program that Community Fire Safety intends to run during the course of the year.
Distribution of pamphlets at various garages in the Metro. These pamphlets are specifically designed towards the influx of tourists into the Metro. It contains hints on fire safety, personal safety, traffic regulations and emergency telephone numbers.
Municipal clinics – Clinics will be visited and appropriate pamphlets will be distributed.
The Fire trailers will be distributed throughout the wards where a need for it is established.
Static displays with interaction with the shoppers at various indoor Shopping Centers. PowerPoint presentations will also be shown.
Old age homes will be targeted as lots of visitors have family members at these institutions. Pamphlets will be placed at these centers for the purpose that these centers may act as information centers to the visitors.
Caravan parks will be visited and pamphlets will be distributed for the same reasons.
Roadblocks at various entrances to Metro will be held in collaboration with traffic department where spot checks will be held by traffic department, a fire department vehicle will also attend and Community Safety Division personnel will distribute pamphlets with Metro info and hints.
Schools and pre-schools will be visited and lectures on fire safety will be given to make sure that all visitors, of all walks of life, may have a safe visit.
Courses on fire safety will be given to wards where fire trolleys are stationed which would also help to curb fire related deaths in our communities.
Close collaboration with various state departments are under way to establish a workable relation where we can assist in creating a “good life” for all our citizens. In particular we are on the forefront in South Africa as we are on the verge of starting to train inmates at the Department of Correctional Services, St Albans, who are in the process of getting parole, to make an immediate impact on there lives which will help them to join Ward committees and Community Police Forums, of which we are part of in a very big way. These persons will then form part of this silo`s project to arm our communities in the fight against fire.
Currently an integrated services approach are being followed with all the major community based services such as the South African Police Services, Traffic Department, Disaster Management, Safety and Security, Ambulance services (both private and provincial), Multimedia services (such as Radio Kingfisher and Die Burger. In partnership with all of the above we target schools whom we think have specific needs (such as financial in most cases) and we arrange with such school an open day where all the services are introduced to the schools and communities and we then show what services we do render, to them, on a daily basis. The schools in turn then have a day where they can sell themselves and “boerewors rolletjies” to obtain some much needed funds. Commercial enterprise then also climb on board and they in turn adopt the school with their products or funds to help and deliver a better service to the children of that school. All of the services are rendered on a free basis with both parties winning, one financially and the other with exposure.
The above is intended but if there is something that anybody can add that is of value to reach this dream and make it a reality, feel free and we will add it.
COMMUNITY FIRE SAFETY KEY PERFORMANCE AREA`S
- Issuing and controlling of fire fighting trolleys through ward councilors to communities.
- Training of recipients of fire fighting trolleys in the proper use of the trolleys, identifying of hazards and proper extinguishing of fires. Only adults participate in this program. Certification of successful candidates. Keeping of database on all in this program.
- Lectures at schools on fire safety principals, avoiding of hazards, distribution of fire safety pamphlets. Emergency evacuation drills at schools of scholars to prepare them for a real life scenario.
- Arranging and participating of special open day events for the broader community, mostly at schools, for an integrated services approach between sectors of all emergency departments, South African Police Services, Department of Correctional Services and all Safety and Security departments of the Metro Municipality.
- Lecturing of adults and children at all Municipal Clinics throughout the Metro to ensure Batho Pele are met.
- Lecturing at old age homes to ensure that staff and residents know what to do in case of an emergency.
- In conjunction with SAPS visit informal settlements to educate residents especially on keeping safe distances between their homes to stop fires from spreading easily.
- Continuously keep the public informed on fire safety hints through the Media
- Attending mass meetings with the community (IMBIZO`S) and listening and answering their questions and concerns about their safety and security. These imbizo`s are usually also attended by the ward councilors and community leaders.
- Visiting of Pre-schools and special care establishments and educating toddlers from a small age and persons with special needs to be fire conscious, distributing fire safety pamphlets and the art of escaping a fire
- Constant contact with the various councilors and community leaders to make them part of the education process.
- Attending Community Police Forums with the ward councilors to give impetus to Batho Pele
Since the inception of this unit on 1 September 2005 a total of 18000 adults and 85000 children have been lectured.