Fire and Health ‘Sweating the asset’ Mike Hagen Deputy Chief Fire officer
We are going to cover… • fire station of the future-today • Less than 5% of our time at emergency incidents • Sweating the asset-about releasing an untapped resource into our communities • Two areas-crime and health • Relationship with 2012 Olympics • Why?-50% reduction in fire deaths and 40% reduction in ASB fires
The Pledge – ‘To go the extra mile….’ Fire station of the future-today Princes Trust/ EARLY Firefit kids Firefit families Health kicks Bikesafe Embedded Firefighters Beacon/LIFE-young and adults FIRE STN Boxing STAMP-D2A Wirral Heartbeat World FF Games-legacy Climbing Walls Dig It – Market Garden Streetcage Soccer D of E Fire Support Network
Tackling health inequality • Fire-fighters as Role Models • Fire Stations as health centres • Home Fire Safety Checks & Single Assessments - ‘front-line flexibility’ • Support of over 40 community safety advocates
ASB and Crime reduction • Anti-social behaviour Joint task force – Operates from a Police Station • Diversion - Streetcage soccer • Operation Trojan • Violent attacks-halved in two years
So what? • Fire deaths down by half • Deliberate fire down by 40% • Hoax calls down by 30% • Attacks down by 70% • 400,000 home fire safety checks targeted at the most vulnerable • Plus-huge cross cut to a wide range of partner/community priorities
World Fire-fighter games- • 73 sports • 2000 staff and volunteers • 3000 competitors • 38 nations represented • 2.8 M economic impact • Biggest sporting event since the Commonwealth games • Fire service can deliver the people and places to support the Olympics- • Fire fighter+olympian=powerful brand
CONCLUSION • Sweating the asset-delivering more with less resources • The fire service is a powerful brand-effective in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and tackling health inequality. • The world fire-fighter games is a blueprint for volunteering for London 2012.