11/10/2019

Fire & Ambulance Crews To Help People At Risk

A collaborative project between Northern Ireland's fire and ambulance services has launched in the hope of safeguarding those most at risk from fire.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) have teamed up to offer fire safety advice and reduce deaths and injuries from house fires across the region.

Ambulance staff will refer those believed to be most at risk to fire crews, who will carry out a free Home Fire Safety Check with detailed safety measures and ensure their property is fitted with a working smoke alarm.

Firefighters in local stations will carry out the home visits.
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Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer and Director of Service Delivery at the NIFRS said: "This collaborative partnership with NIAS will be key in helping us deliver our 'People at Risk' Strategy and to use our resources to support the wider health and wellbeing needs of the community. The referral system will contribute to the overall reduction in the number of accidental fire deaths and fire-related injuries in homes in Northern Ireland."

Dr Nigel Ruddell, Medical Director for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, added: "NIAS undertakes over 400,000 interactions with patients every year and it is when we encounter people in their own homes that we can gain an insight into some of the practical and social risks that can impact on safety. Increasingly we are working with partner agencies in order to deliver holistic care and we are delighted at this opportunity to practise this on a preventative basis."



(JG/CM)

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