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Safety training for home care workers

A new fire safety training programme specifically designed for home care workers could soon be rolled out countrywide, having been developed and piloted in Clare.

Developed by Ennis-based Caring for Carers Ireland (CFCI), in partnership with Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, the programme is aimed at improving fire safety and home security for people who are living independently and in need of medium to high caring support.

Family Carers and staff from Caring for Carers Ireland (CFCI) and members of Clare County Fire & Rescue Service pictured with Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council (centre) at the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre in Ennis
Family carers and staff from Caring for Carers Ireland and
members of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, pictured 
with Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe (centre) at the Clare County
Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre in Ennis

The first training session took place at Ennis Fire Station at the weekend, and involved the participation of community-based staff of Caring for Carers Ireland who are providing the organisation’s home care service to families in their own homes.

Presenting certificates to 12 participants, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John spoke about the importance of organisations working in partnership and the added benefits of such working partnerships. He also praised the work undertaken by home care workers and how important it is to local communities.

Adrian Kelly, chief fire officer, Clare County Fire & Rescue Service, said, “This training programme is the first of its kind in the country and we are delighted to be part of it. It is envisaged this programme could soon be rolled out in many more counties throughout Ireland based on the success of the programme in Clare to date.”

 

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