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Fire and Health - Facing the Future Together

A conference taking place on Monday, September 28, will explore ways Fire and Health Services can work together more closely together to help communities in Essex.

Facing the Future Together will see Fire and Health coming together to discuss how they can work together to reduce risk, make people safer in their homes and ensure everyone gets the care they need.

The conference, which has been organised by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, will hear from speakers from Public Health England, Essex NHS, East Midland Ambulance Service and Gloucestershire and Manchester Fire Services and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service which is working closely with their local ambulance service.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill said: “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.

“This conference will explore the best ways we can work together to tackle the issues all of the organisations involved face. By working together we can deliver more to help people in Essex and help each other address our own risks and priorities.”

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