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Health Consultation

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service already delivers 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).

We are now looking to increase our work with partners such as Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Public Health England and North Yorkshire Police to further assist in promoting health and wellbeing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

We also have a statutory duty under the Policing and Crime Act to seek collaboration opportunities with the other emergency services for the improvement of public safety or improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all the emergency 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.

Our aim is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of citizens in York and North Yorkshire, working to the principle of ‘make every contact count’.

Many other fire and rescue services are already playing a bigger role in health and well-being and some examples of this work can be viewed here: https://aace.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/National-overview-v13-WEB.pdf

We would like to know your views on the suggested areas of development set out above. If you would like to comment please complete the short survey available here* by 6pm on 30th April 2017.

The outcomes of the consultation will be presented to the Fire Authority at its meeting in June 2017.

*What happens to your information?

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has a responsibility to let people know when consulting how information collected will be used and stored, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

With this survey a decision has been taken to collect responses anonymously and therefore you will not be asked for your personal details in the survey and neither your email or IP addresses will be collected.

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There may be  surveys whereby a decision is taken to collect personal data.  For these occasions, the Authority has investigated the data assurance and legal framework which SurveyMonkey provides and has satisfied itself that it meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. SurveyMonkey is a member of the EU-U.S Privacy Shield and you can view it’s certificate on the Privacy Shield Framework website here. The Privacy Shield imposes strong obligations on U.S. companies to protect Europeans’ personal data and reflects the requirements of the European Court of Justice.  It requires the U.S. to monitor and enforce more robustly, and cooperate more with European Data Protection Authorities.  Therefore, on the 12th July 2016 the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was recognised by the European Commission  as providing adequate protection for the rights of data individuals in connection with the transfer of their personal data to participants of the Privacy Shield in the USA. In addition to this the Authority highlights in its surveys where personal information is asked for so that the respondent can make a fully informed decision about whether they wish to give their information or not.

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