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Gwynedd and Môn Community Safety Office

An introduction from the Community Safety Manager, Geraint Hughes 

Ynys Môn is often referred to as 'mam cymru' and administers an area of 200,000 acres. It has a population of 67,000, living in 23,000 dwellings. Over half of the population speak Welsh as a first language.

Located in the North West of Wales, Gwynedd is a rural and mountainous area that includes the Llŷn Peninsula and most of Snowdonia. The area boasts an environment that is amongst the most beautiful in Britain.

Gwynedd covers an area of 254,000 hectares which equates to 12.26% of the land base of Wales and the population of 117,200 is sparsely distributed between the 9 main towns of Gwynedd and its rural communities.

Ynys Môn has three main urbanised areas in Holyhead, Amlwch and Llangefni where employers are most concentrated.

Llangefni is seen as the administrative centre for the island. The remainder is made up of small towns and rural areas. The A55 expressway provides an excellent route across the island to and from Holyhead linking the County to Ireland. Anglesey County Council has successfully developed many areas to encourage growth of both business and leisure.

 

Resources

Ynys Môn has approximately 130 members of staff based at seven fire stations and the office in Llangefni. A day crewed station is based at Holyhead which provides crews on station between 12.00pm and 10pm daily. A retained duty system compliment, and on call element provides additional operational support.

Retained duty system stations are based at Amlwch, Beaumaris, Benllech, Llangefni, Menai Bridge and Rhosneigr.

These stations utilise a total of 11 pumping appliances, 3 of which have narrow access capability. Holyhead has an Environmental Protection Unit and provides specialist firefighting at sea capability.

Gwynedd has approximately 240 employees based at 14 fire stations and two area safety offices .

There are two fire stations (Bangor and Caernarfon) working the day crewed system with additional retained duty system support, the remainder are staffed by residents of their respective communities working the retained duty system. There are fire stations located at Bangor, Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Abersoch, Bala, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech, Llanberis, Nefyn, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Tywyn.

These stations utilise a total of 17 pumping appliances, 11 Special appliances providing a range of specialist equipment for dealing with many different types of incidents from Road Traffic Collisions to water incidents.

 

Fire Safety

Legislative fire safety is serviced by a dedicated compliance manager and three compliance officers who are located in the area offices at Caernarfon, Llangefni and Porthmadog providing a comprehensive service to all areas of Gwynedd and Môn.

 

Community Fire Safety

In line with policy North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to reducing fire deaths and injuries through fire, particularly the young, elderly and most vulnerable.

Gwynedd and Môn have specialists who ensure compliance within non domestic premises and advisors who are available to visit and provide practical fire safety advice free of charge including the fitting of FREE smoke detectors in the home. The challenge is to carry out a home fire safety check in all 75,000 homes in Gwynedd and Môn.

 

Partnerships

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to partnership working with all Local Authority, Public, Private and Voluntary Sector bodies to further our aim to deliver our communities safe from fire. This is through ensuring that our referral system of providing a free home fire safety check targets our resources at the most vulnerable first.

Partnership working is an important aspect of Community Safety and we are involved in a number of projects with the Police, Gwynedd and Ynys Môn Councils, YOT and the voluntary sector which range from the Phoenix scheme and road safety events for young persons to Home Safety fairs for providing information to the elderly.

Joint working is considerably more effective at achieving our aim to make our communities a safer place to live, work and visit.

Child Poverty

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 provides the statutory framework for tackling child poverty in Wales. Section 5 of the Measure states that if the organisation has entered into an arrangement under section 25 of the Children Act 204 with each local authority area it covers, then the duty to publish its own strategy is discharged. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is an active member of the Children and Young People's Partnership (CYPP) in all six unitary authorities.

Click here to view Gwynedd's CYPP strategy

Click here to view Anglesey's CYPP strategy

Home fire safety checks

For a free home fire safety check freephone 0800 169 1234, e mail cfs@nwales-fireservice.org.uk or phone the Community Safety Offices on 01286 662999 (Caernarfon), 01248-725140 (Llangefni) and 01766 515418 (Porthmadog) .

 

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