THE ROYAL Society for Public Health (RSPH) has recognised the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) for its ongoing commitment to promoting health and wellbeing.
The service’s two year award is for its ‘Improving lives to Save Lives’ programme, which the RSPH says demonstrates an embedded health improvement strategy.
It follows the news in September that WMFS was one of only three fire and rescue services to be awarded Marmot Partnership Status by Professor Sir Michael Marmot for its work in tackling health inequalities.
Councillor John Edwards, chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We are extremely proud that the service has been recognised by Royal Society for Public Health for its work improving health and wellbeing.
“There are clear links between poor health and the risk of fire, so tackling the ill health of the most vulnerable people in the West Midlands is a long-term investment in reducing the risk of fire.”
Gary Taylor, assistant chief fire officer with WMFS, said: “The trust our communities place in us allows our frontline firefighters to go into more than 27,000 homes each year across the West Midlands, having a positive impact on a wide range of health issues.
“As we implement our new ‘Safe and Well’ visits, we aim to become an even more valuable asset as part of the wider public health workforce.”
Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH, said: “The awards provide a stage to celebrate the great work of organisations across the country regardless of their sector, size and setting.
“It was an extremely competitive field this year and I would like to congratulate our 2015 winners who are all exemplars of innovative, progressive programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
“I hope that their effective programmes will be adopted and celebrated elsewhere.”