Home fire safety visits are changing. Our Public Safety teams and operational crews will begin delivering 'Safe and Well' visits in 2018 in line with the overarching national strategy of 'Fire as a Health Asset'.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) hosted a successful Safe and Well Conference at The Village Hotel on 9 November 2017.
Over 120 delegates from all levels of their organisations attended the event from around 30 different partner agencies.
The aim of the conference was to outline the transition from our Home Safety Visits to Safe and Well Visits which followed the national move towards closer working between fire and health sectors. A parallel theme was the importance of using and sharing data to better understand and target the most vulnerable in our community.
Safe and well checks will still focus on fire safety, but will look at other structural and health issues such as a loose bannister or reduced mobility.
The new visits will be delivered by front line staff and centre on four main themes:
Initial feedback from delegates identified key positives from the conference and areas we can improve in the future. It is likely that the Safe and Well Conference will become an annual event.
One of the immediate outcomes of the day was that some partners are now more open to direct referrals from HFRS, rather than our staff merely signposting the public in the general direction of other agencies.
Work with health partners has already begun to compile appropriate training packages around each of the four themes which will be used to ‘train the trainers’ in early 2018. This training will then be cascaded to advocates and crews from February 2018.
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