Fire, health and social care

Fire, health and social care

In collaboration with local and national partners such as NHS, local government, voluntary and community sector, private sector and housing, NFCC aims to reduce the risk of harm from fire and improve health and well-being for vulnerable people and those who access services by achieving the following objectives:

  • Help promote successful partnership working between local and national partners and fire and rescue services
  • Support local and national partners from any organisation to strengthen their interventions with knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of fire to vulnerable people, service users and patients
  • Supporting fire and rescue services to work more effectively with people who are at increased risk of fire

It is widely acknowledged that there is a decreasing trend in fire casualties and incidents and that this is the result of successful fire safety and prevention activity. Although the number of injuries and deaths due to fire have reduced, the rate at which this is occurring has slowed down.

Fire statistics show that individuals at greatest risk from fire injury or death are often from hard to reach groups and known to statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations in health and social care.  The profile of individuals involved in accidental and non-accidental fire incidents share common characteristics. 

Prevention, public value and efficient use of resources are key priorities for all public services. It is crucial that health and social care services from which ever sector and fire and rescue services better understand and respond to the needs of the individuals they are trying to protect. This can be best achieved through more effective partnership working.

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Considering specific vulnerable groups and how to improve their fire safety is a well established area of practise, however it remains important to draw together existing intelligence and best practice to strengthen and develop approaches.

Atlongside the immediate causes of a fire (e.g. carelessly discarded cigarettes), alcohol, mobility and mental illness are the biggest single influences on whether a fire starts and/or whether it has fatal consequences.

Evidence suggests that the most effective way of providing effective fire safety interventions to those who are hard to reach or who have complex health and social care problems is to deliver collaborative person-centred fire safety interventions in partnership