Bude and Liskeard residents now have an extra pair of safe hands following the appointment of two new multi-skilled tri-service officers who will support the fire and ambulance services as well as the police force.
The latest Tri-Service Safety Officers are Richard Deavall who will be working in Liskeard, and Adam Chapman in Bude. They will carry out a similar role to Andrew Hichens the first Tri-Service Safety Officer (TSSO) in the country who has been working out of Hayle Emergency Services Community Station since November 2014 and has proved to be a great success.
A Tri-Service Safety Officer (TSSO’s) has some police powers as well as being a co-responder for the ambulance service, an anti-social case worker and being an on-call fire fighter.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James says: “Ensuring that everyone can live well and safely together is a key aim of this Council so I’m delighted that two more communities will have dedicated Tri-Service Officers. They can carry out prevention work for all three emergency services. They can also access each services IT systems to identify and help vulnerable adults and families, the most at risk in our communities.”
The role was first introduced by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service, Devon and Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) in November 2014.
Richard Deavall and Adam Chapman have received comprehensive training from all three emergency services including the Fire and Rescue Service’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.
Richard, a former Royal Mail postal worker and on-call firefighter said, “The role of a Tri-Service Safety Officer is very challenging but equally rewarding. It presents a great opportunity to reach many people and offer a great service to the local area.”
Adam has a foundation degree in Emergency and Rescue Management from Plymouth University and has also been an on-call firefighter. He said, “I was looking to make a greater positive impact in the community and utilise my existing skills to greater benefit.”
TSSO Andrew Hichens, the first TSSO in the country said, “This has proved to be an extremely effective role in rural communities such as Hayle. It provides a high visibility presence and offers a unique approach in dealing with public safety and prevention. Whilst dealing with low level crime and reassurance with Devon and Cornwall Police, I am able to provide advice on home fire safety, crime prevention, deal with anti-social behaviour, health promotion, make safeguarding and multi-agency referrals as well as being deployed operationally to incidents in my geographical response area by police, fire and ambulance.”
Commander of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly police, Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce said, “We are increasingly taking a one team approach with our partner organisations and the role of TSSO is perfect for this and makes best use of precious resources. Having a multi-skilled officer based in a local, rural community just makes sense and I am delighted that we have two more officers in post.”
Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, “ I am really pleased this innovative Tri Service Community Safety Officer has been expanded to a further two towns within Cornwall. This is a clear demonstration of the excellent partnership working arrangements we have with both South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Devon and Cornwall Police. This builds on the success of our first Tri Service Officer in Hayle and I wish Richard and Adam every success serving the communities in Bude and Liskeard.”
Neil Le Chevalier, Director of Operational Services at South Western Ambulance Service, said, “We are very excited to be rolling out this excellent initiative, following the successful pilot in Hayle. The new Tri-Service Safety Officers will further enhance community care in the two towns. Partnership working makes eminent sense for many reasons and we look forward to celebrating the success of this scheme in Liskeard and Bude.”