Twitterchat! Fire and Health Services hold successful online chat to discuss opportunities to work together


Yesterday evening (Tuesday June 9th) CFOA joined colleagues from the fire and rescue service and the National Health Service in a very successful twitterchat on the topic of fire and health collaboration.

The discussion followed on from the web summit last week at which CFOA’s strategic health lead, CFO Peter O’Reilly, addressed health colleagues about the success of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s work and the wider opportunities for collaboration.

Using the hashtag #wecomsers, colleagues considered a number of key questions:

  • What are the initiatives taking place between Fire and Health around the country and how these are working?
  • If schemes aren’t in place, how can links be created?
  • How we can share across the services, providing economy in care?

More than 50 people took part and talked about a huge range of topics, including: data sharing, prevention, training, signposting, referrals along with the potential offered by the 670,000 Home Fire Safety Checks carried out by fire and rescue services every year. More detail on the event and a summary of the discussions can be found on the WeCommunities website.

As part of our ongoing commitment to greater collaboration and the wider health and wellbeing agenda, CFOA are currently working with colleagues from NHS England, Public Health England, the Local Government Association and Age UK on a project to help keep older people safer and healthier for longer in their homes.


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