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Lifesaving health checks in Southend

An innovative collaboration between Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and men’s health charity, CHAPS, has resulted in 79 men receiving free health checks.

Southend Fire Station transformed into a health centre on Saturday, June 4, providing men’s health checks including tests for prostate and skin cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

‘Men’s Health Day’ was set up as part of the Service’s ‘Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods’ programme, which will see ECFRS playing a more active role in the communities in which we serve. 

Organised by Station Officer Barrie May and Leading Firefighter Mark Petty-Mayor, the event also included a chip pan demonstration, hose displays and the chance to tour the station and sit in a fire engine.

Station O May said: “Our first men’s health day in collaboration with charity, CHAPS, was a huge success with over 70 men coming into our fire station to receive lifesaving health checks.

“Fire stations are a community resource and we were pleased to hold an event which helped the community we serve to be happier, healthier and safer. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a success.”

The day, which was supported by Locality Matters, also included checks on body mass, sexual health and aortic abdominal aneurysm, swelling on of the main blood vessel to the heart.

Chris Booth, clinical director of CHAPS, said: “I would like to thank Southend Fire Station’s Green Watch for putting on an excellent day.

“The outcome was excellent and a credit to all those who have helped set up and deliver the day.”

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