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Yorkshire Ambulance and Humberside Fire and Rescue services partnership provides dedicated vehicle for falls

Firefighters in Humberside are providing the first response to reports of falls in the home in a pilot that is helping to reinvent the role of the fire service.

Wigan Council using firefighters to be ‘health champions’

Firefighters in Wigan have become ‘health champions’ in their local community. Thanks to specialist training they are able to use their contact with residents to promote healthy messages, give advice and signpost people to help. In total, they work with 20 different agencies.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service reaching out to the most vulnerable

West Midlands has made working with the most vulnerable people a key priority. The service’s 1,322 fire officers have been given public health training to support the people they come into contact with.

Surrey firefighters deliver life-saving treatment at Red One emergencies

Firefighters are delivering life-saving treatment at certain Red One emergencies in a collaboration which is transforming the way services are delivered to residents in Surrey and Sussex.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service working with others to save lives

Following the death of an elderly resident, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service started working more closely with services that work with older and vulnerable people.

Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottingham’s Joint Audit and Inspection Team (JAIT) was established in the autumn of 2019. The idea arose from an informal conversation between two senior colleagues from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) about building safety.

Norfolk and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Services tackling child obesity

Fire crews in Norfolk and Suffolk are working in partnership with local NHS teams to help overweight teenagers become more active.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service getting people active

Firefighters in Merseyside are tackling social and health inequalities in the community by educating people about the benefits of fitness, healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service dogs help Mersey Police find missing people

When a report of a vulnerable missing person came through to police in Liverpool recently, they turned to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) to help them in their search.

London Borough of Camden and London Fire Brigade

Working together At Camden Council, initial information gathering, basic risk assessment and prioritising is done by one full-time principal environmental health officer (EHO), supported by their manager. Higher-risk buildings stay with the principal EHO for follow-up and enforcement, while lower risk buildings are monitored by the team of EHOs.