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A Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Fire Summit was held at our Service Headquarters to identify how partnership work between organisations across the two counties can help target the most vulnerable people.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and NHS England met with partner organisations to discuss further ways of working together to reduce risk to vulnerable people in the community, particularly the elderly.
“Gathering representatives from partner agencies from Cheshire and Merseyside in one room allowed us to discuss how we can work together effectively to ensure communities are safer, stronger and more resilient.”
Clare Duggan, Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “The presentations were excellent from both the health and fire services. All colleagues were very keen to explore the potential to work together to help meet the preventative needs of the most vulnerable people.
“A smaller working group across fire and health services in Cheshire and Merseyside will work collaboratively so we can potentially pilot our actions in the autumn.”
Mark Cashin, Cheshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said:
“This has been a really useful summit in terms of considering ways that we can further strengthen our collective approach to protecting people in their homes. There has never been a better time to build on our partnership activity to ensure that
we continue to target and protect the
most vulnerable in our communities.”
Both fire and rescue services are keen to support the national programme of work to assist the health agenda. Delegates were shown how work such as data-sharing with other agencies is used by the fire and rescue services to identify vulnerable people at most risk from fire and in need of Home Fire Safety Checks.
At the summit, delegates discussed ways in which the home visits could further assist other organisations in their objectives to help vulnerable people.
MF&RS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, said:
“Our prevention work has already proven to be incredibly valuable in helping to keep vulnerable people safe from fire.
“Our work with Health and Social Care partners has allowed us to specifically target those people who are most at risk and are hardest to reach.
“We also recognise that there is so much more we could do when we cross the threshold of a vulnerable person’s home and we are really excited about the evolution of our Home Fire Safety Check into something even more beneficial to the communities we serve.
Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Left to right is: Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan; Clare Duggan, Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin, of Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, pictured at the Health and Fire Summit. Photos: Lyndsay Young.
Red Watch at Wallasey showed off their skills with both the frontline appliance but also the aerial appliance, creating a water tower and a road traffic collision scenario.
The students were given an insight into how the fire and rescue service runs throughout the year. They also asked questions ranging from length of service to how MF&RS compares to their fire and rescue service back home.
Students dressed up in water rescue kit and fire kit, with some wanting to wear the breathing apparatus set.
Warren Bradley, Watch Manager at Red Watch Wallasey,
said: “Spanish students have visited the Wirral for 27 years.
They have always taken time out to visit the station,
something the firefighters look forward to.
Watch Manager Warren Bradley, Firefighter Sean Broderick, Firefighter Iain Woodside, Firefighter Rob Parry, Firefighter Dave Hewson and the students and support staff. Photo supplied by Watch Manager Warren Bradley.
A group of Spanish students took a tour of Wallasey Community Fire Station as part of an annual visit to the UK.
The group of 32 teenagers were visiting the UK for a month to improve their English language.
“The students this year really enjoyed their visit, with some testing questions for the Watch members. They spent the full afternoon with us, experiencing life as a firefighter in the UK Fire Service. It was a great experience for all involved.”
The visit took place in July this year.
Healthy Discussion
Delegates at the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Fire Summit.

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