Safe Havens introduced at three community fire stations in Knowsley

Published on: Thursday, 16-October-2014

Safe Havens have been introduced at all community fire stations on Knowsley as a way of protecting people when at their most vulnerable.

The Safe Havens, initiative recently approved by the Safer Knowsley Partnership, sees community fire stations across Knowsley designated as Safe Havens.

As a result the Knowsley community fire stations, identified by an illuminated Safe Haven sign that can be seen at night, will be accessible to members of the public who feel threatened, intimidated or at risk.

They will also provide those individuals with the opportunity to report Hate Crime or Domestic Violence should they feel that this action is appropriate.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “A Safe Haven is a place where anyone feeling vulnerable or at risk can go to if they feel under threat of harm. We also have Safe Havens at our community fire stations in Wirral and Liverpool and it is fantastic that we now have these in the Knowsley district.

“As our fire stations are in the heart of our communities it seemed obvious that we would embrace this idea and seek to embed the initiative across Merseyside, supported by our Community Safety Partners.

“Our firefighters are experienced in dealing with the public during and at traumatic times and are highly trained in first aid and trauma care. This initiative allows us to ensure we are best able to serve our communities no matter what the circumstances.”

Group Manager Gary Oakford, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service District Manager for Knowsley, said: “A person in distress and in need of sanctuary can now approach one of our community fire stations and ask for help and a place of safety. Members of the public already consider our community fire stations as places to call on for help but this new initiative means they can also seek sanctuary in a time of need.”

At night time, if firefighters are at the station the Safe Haven will be illuminated. If firefighters are not at the station, during daytime or night time, assistance can be called on for an emergency situation by using the yellow station phone located on the front of the buildings.

The signs have now been placed on all three Knowsley community fire stations. The stations are: Huyton Community Fire Station, Whiston Community Fire Station and Kirkby Community Fire Station.

The Safer Knowsley Partnership includes Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council.