Fire service bosses in Essex have looking at ways to work more closely with other emergency services.
They’ve been hosting a major conference – attended by representatives from the NHS, the East Midlands Ambulance Service and a number of other fire services at a conference in Colchester called ‘Facing the Future Together.’
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill told Radio Essex: “A great many of the causes of poor health outcomes are the same as those which determine fire risk. Frailty, poor mental health, obesity, smoking and alcohol and substance abuse all place major stress on health services and represent some of the key factors involved in fatal fires.
“It means that fire and health services are both working with, and trying to engage with, the same people so by working together we have a fantastic opportunity to improve the risk and health outcomes of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“Ambulance services are under particular strain with enormous growth in demand and increasing expectations. Fire and rescue services have the capacity and skill set to support and assist our blue light colleagues through co-responding, first responding and similar schemes.”