Fire Service Highlights Partnership With NHS Team During Mental Health Awareness Week

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) is highlighting its partnership with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The aim of the joint working is to reduce fire related deaths and injuries by providing a programme of proactive visits to patients’ homes and at (BDCFT) premises to deliver fire prevention advice, support and interventions.

In 2014/15 the partnership generated 65 referrals to WYFRS for Home Fire Safety Checks.

To support and enhance the partnership’s referral process, an awareness training program will be delivered by Bradford District Fire Prevention to the (BDCFT) staff including District Nurses, Intensive Home Treatment Teams and the Community Mental Health Teams.

Thomas Rhodes, District Prevention Manager for Bradford, said: “We hope this partnership will identify people who may be vulnerable to fire in the home and provide early intervention, thus preventing a tragedy further down the line.”

Karen Byard, Fire Officer, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have been working in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for over two years. This has improved fire safety for patients and staff. The fire service has worked on our in-patient wards with patients highlighting fire safety awareness.”

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, led by the Mental Health Foundation between May 11 and 17, click http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/

For more information on fire safety visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk where you can book a free Home Fire Safety Check online. Alternatively call 0800 5874536 to make arrangements.