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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
Of the meeting held on 17 June 2016 (for confirmation)
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2016 were confirmed and signed by the Chair.
Report of the Chief Fire Officer
Wayne Bowcock, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Nottinghamshire and Fire and Rescue (NFRS), updated members on the fire fatalities which have occurred from April 2016 to date and the associated fire investigation and community safety activity carried out by NFRS.
The following points were highlighted:
(a) Between April and October 2016 there have been five fatalities as a result of fire, which is equivalent to the number of all fire fatalities recorded in 2015. A number of cases are awaiting verdict from the Coroner therefore formal cause of death has not been verified by an inquest in all five cases.
(b) NFRS are only required to report accidental fire fatalities to the Home Office. However, NFRS report all fire fatalities to the Committee to create a clearer picture of those at risk and to draw attention to all patterns related to the lifestyle or demographic factors;
(c) Following a fire death, NFRS conduct a ‘Fire Fatal Review’ to consider the lessons learned to prevent similar, future fire deaths and to establish an ‘action plan’ that will clearly record ownership of any agreed priorities;
(d) NFRS has established a demographic pattern of vulnerability from fatalities which have occurred in Nottinghamshire. Those most at risk from serious injury or death as a result of fire in their home are:
§ Middle aged, average age 64;
§ Single, divorced or widowed;
§ Living alone;
§ Suffer from mobility issues
§ Involve alcohol use or smoke.
(e) Having established a demographic of those at risk, NFRS will use this to support its work around the Safe and Well agenda. Having identified those most at risk, NFRS can use this data to support other agencies with managing their demands, for example, NFRS will establish whether it can support the NHS with discharge assessments by assessing risk factors in the place patients are being discharged to. This will support the NHS in discharging patients in a timely manner whilst ensuring patient homes’ are safe;
(f) NFRS has access to extensive data sets as a guide to those who could be most vulnerable within Nottinghamshire and where they might be located, included databases such as ‘Exeter Data’, the City and County Adult Social Care data and NFRS’s own Community Fire Risk Management Information System.
Richard Cropley, Station Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, delivered a presentation updating the Committee on the work that NFRS do after fire fatalities in Nottingham, highlighting the following information:
(g) There have been previous cases where vulnerable individuals, known to NFRS and have all shown a degree of factors, such as experiencing mobility issues, mental health issues, alcohol use and are males who live alone. In fact, 68% of national fires involve the over 65s. This has given NFRS an opportunity to incorporate a multi-agency perspective into supporting vulnerable individuals;
(h) The Safe and Well agenda within Nottinghamshire will focus on the following areas: environmental factors and what NFRS can immediately do to ensure properties are safe; people’s ... view the full minutes text for item 9.