Social event: Boat Trip (June 2009)
Community safety messages taken to migrant workers
A joint initiative to provide essential community safety information from the police, ambulance and fire services to migrant workers was held on 14 June. A boat trip, organised in conjunction with Amber Initiatives, a not for profit organisation whose objective is to provide assistance to migrant workers in the UK, attracted 189 migrant workers.
The boat sailed from the Mayflower Steps for the two hour trip and community safety information was available in a variety of languages. There were two screenings, one in Russian and one in Polish, of an innovative DVD for migrant workers in Cornwall, providing help and advice on what to do in an emergency.
Launched at the end of last year, the DVD was the result of 12 months collaborative working between the Fire Brigade, Devon and Cornwall police, South Western Ambulance Service and Amber Initiatives and is available to view in English, Russian and Polish. The DVD contains information to help migrant workers coming into the county, and each emergency service has key themes within the DVD.
Cornwall County Fire Brigade Station Manager Community Safety Dave Carlisle commented: “We recognise how important it is to communicate with the increasing number of migrant workers and an event such as this gives us the opportunity to not only provide information, but to get feedback on the services we provide to them.”
Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury comments, “The aim of events such as this is to ensure that everyone residing in the county is aware of the variety of services available to them and equip them with the knowledge of what to do if faced with an emergency situation. This is an excellent example of partnership working between the emergency services and a local migrant worker support organisation.”
The content of the DVDs is also available online and is hosted on Cornwall Fire Brigade’s website at: