Home fire safety visits are changing. Our Prevention and Protection 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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HFRS Position Statement - Safe and Well
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are committed to conducting targeted Safe and Well visits within the homes of those who are most at risk of fire.
We recognise that the most effective way of preventing fires, deaths or injury by fire is to ensure that we engage with those vulnerable from fire in our community and provide them with effective advice, relevant information and appropriate guidance.
We contribute to delivering Health and Wellbeing outcomes across our area. We will identify areas of need for Health, Police and Local Authorities across a range of priorities which include: Falls Prevention, Smoking Cessation, Winter Warmth, Social Isolation, Cardio-Vascular Disease, Making Every Contact Count and Crime Prevention.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are committed to making the local community safer utilising the skills, knowledge, information and experience of its employees and relevant partner organisations.
Humberside Fire and Rescue will:
• Analyse our incident data to constantly update risk information and communicate this clearly to the public
• Utilise both local and national data to assess who is most likely to be at risk of fire
• Create and utilise a range of different media to educate the community about fire safety in the home
• Raise awareness, educate and train partners to recognise those most at risk of fire
• Offer referral routes to assess those who are most at risk from fire
• Have a clear and accurate system to determine who is most vulnerable from fire and would benefit from a Safe and Well visit
• Offer a variety of practical solutions and equipment, where necessary, for those most at risk of fire
• Refer vulnerable people to other partners where there is need, consent and it is appropriate to do so