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Health Consultation Launched

6th March 2017

Today we are launching a consultation on increasing our role in the promotion of health and wellbeing across North Yorkshire and the City of York, in partnership with other agencies.

We already deliver a number of initiatives which are aimed at improving the wellbeing of people within our community and protecting them from the risk of fire and other emergencies. This includes work such as home fire safety visits and an emergency first responder scheme whereby fire service staff in some of the more rural areas, are sent to medical emergencies at the same time as an ambulance (when there is enough staff on duty to also crew the fire engine).

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Owen Hayward said: “There are some exciting opportunities for the fire and rescue service to do more in the areas of health and wellbeing. The aim of this work would be to provide some additional resources to support health partners to deliver their services.”

There are three key areas which are being considered for further development, these are set out below:

1.    Early intervention to reduce longer term demands

Promotion of general health and well-being advice (such as stop smoking, alcohol reduction, cold homes advice) through guidance or initiatives to reduce longer term demand on the fire service and health, and other, agencies.

2.    Cost effective use of fire service assets (buildings, people, facilities) to support health and social care interventions

Identify areas where savings can be made by health partners and the fire service through sharing information, buildings and staff. This could include the fire service undertaking work, to assist people to safely remain in their homes. For example using fire service staff to fit hand rails where this would be cheaper to health partners than their current arrangements, or allowing ambulances to use fire stations as a base to respond from.

3.    Use of our skills and assets for appropriate and timely emergency response

Using our staff to provide a response to health emergencies, outside of the traditional role of the fire service. This could include training our staff to respond to heart attacks, falls and other home emergencies in a medical role or forcing entry into buildings for medical emergencies.

We would like to know your views on the suggested areas of development. If you would like to comment please complete the short survey available on our website here or on the ‘Consultation’ link on our website homepage by 6pm on 30th April 2017.

 

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