Welwyn Hatfield firefighters get health training

PUBLISHED: 12:51 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 16 January 2017

Firefighters in Welwyn Hatfield have been trained to give health advice.

Firefighters in Welwyn Hatfield have been trained to give health advice.

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Firefighters in Welwyn Hatfield have been trained to give vulnerable people health advice when they visit them at home.

Across Hertfordshire, firefighters perform about 7,000 home fire safety visits every year, but from May, crews in both Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield will expand their advice to avoiding loneliness, keeping a home warm, eating and drinking properly, and avoiding falls.

They will also point people towards appropriate specialist advice.

County councillor Richard Thake, cabinet member for community protection, said: “Health-related problems can increase the risk of death or injury in a fire so we recognise that it’s important to do everything we can to keep older people healthy so that they remain safe and well in their own homes. Expanding these visits to also identify health issues is a logical next step.”

Visits can be requested at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/safeandwell or by calling 0300 123446.


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