The Service has released a report highlighting the collaborative work it is doing to make the county as safe as possible, improve health and wellbeing and deliver cost savings.
“We strongly believe that we and our partners can be far more effective and deliver better outcomes by working together for the good of our communities. Collaborative working is not a new thing for the Service - it is deeply embedded in our culture and features heavily in our past, present and future."
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford
The report entitled ‘The Current Picture of Collaboration and Integration’ was presented to the Fire and Rescue Authority yesterday (October 22).
It outlines the integrated work that the Service is doing with health and social care services, the police and ambulance service.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “We strongly believe that we and our partners can be far more effective and deliver better outcomes by working together for the good of our communities. Collaborative working is not a new thing for the Service - it is deeply embedded in our culture and features heavily in our past, present and future. It has been the key to the success we have had in reducing the number of fires and other emergencies we attend as well as reducing the number of fire casualties to an all-time low – at the same time as saving £6million.”
“We have formed extremely strong and productive partnerships across the public sector, including the health and social care arena, ambulance and police to name but a few. We have been leading the way in terms of innovative collaborations for many years and have most recently been recognised in this regard on a national stage by being one of just three fire and rescue services to be chosen to take part in Public Health England’s new campaign. The initiative aims to help reduce A&E admissions and enable people to stay as independent as possible by allowing fire and rescue services to carry out extended, high level safe and well assessments.
“Forming the right and proper partnerships to address inequalities and make Staffordshire the safest place to be is absolutely vital. The bottom line is not simply about cost savings, it is about improving the quality of life, health, safety and wellbeing of our communities. That is our priority and we have and will continue to collaborate with the most suitable organisations to enable us to achieve the best outcomes for our residents, as well as meeting the financial challenges we all face.”
Some of the partnerships within the report include:
• Sustained Action for Evidencing Risk Reduction (SAfER)
The Service is working with Age UK to deliver the SAfER project which is being driven by the Health and Wellbeing Award and Chief Fire Officers’ Association alongside partners from local councils, the police and voluntary sector. The aim is to reduce A&E admissions and winter deaths primarily in older and more vulnerable individuals. A ‘Safe and Well’ visit is conducted by the Service introducing the link to Age UK and associated organisations. The key goal is to maintain independent living for as long as possible. The initiative is running in targeted areas of South Staffordshire and Tamworth with a view to initiating it in Stoke-on-Trent.
• Public Health England Partnership
Public Health England has provided £150,000 of funding for the project between Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Greater Manchester fire and rescue services with the goal of preventing falls, providing flu immunisation, prevention of cold homes and prevention of social isolation by direct intervention. The key to this process is adapting and utilising the Service’s expertise to conduct a high level Home Fire Risk Check to bring about improved outcomes for communities.
• Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP)
This initiative has been run from Learning and Development at the Service’s HQ. Accredited instructors from the three emergency services jointly deliver training with focusses on interoperability.
• Stafford Life Skills Centre and Community Fire Station
A Government grant was awarded to house a life skills resource that supports broader health, wellbeing and safety outcomes. It will also provide a community fire station and an ambulance response base in Stafford.
• Biddulph Joint Fire and Ambulance Station
A transformational grant will fund a joint community fire station and response base for the ambulance service.
• Stone Community Fire Station:
A partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has been formed to prove a large goods testing centre at the new community fire station, supporting local businesses by providing a facility in the centre of the county.
• Barton-under-Needwood and Abbots Bromley community fire stations:
The respective local police teams share both facilities and respond from the stations. This strengthens links between fire and police, ensuring closer working. It also helps to make both stations more accessible to the public and allows the two organisations to feed into each other regarding community related matters.
Newcastle Community Fire Station:
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Partnership Trust is moving its call centre into the community fire station, helping it to effectively provide health and care services to the local area. This initiative’s vision is to reduce the burden on the public purse by sharing the premises. Staffordshire Police is also using the station as a base to wash its vehicle fleet. The benefits of this approach are that it offers the police a convenient location and cost savings while enabling firefighters to forge closer links between the organisations.
Tamworth Mercia Community Fire Station:
The NHS Ambulatory Clinic operates three days per week from the station, providing clinics and initiatives which involve district nurses and health care professionals facilitating educational sessions for patients.
Leek Community Fire Station:
The local radio station will broadcast from the station and in return will provide a free front of house service. This will also provide a means of closer contact between the Service and the radio station, ensuring effective communication of safety messages.
Hanley Community Fire Station:
The local food bank operates from the station, offering it savings on accommodation. Providing this service brings vulnerable residents into the community fire station enabling direct engagement.
The full FRA document can be found by clicking the following link: