Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) currently has a Data Sharing Agreement with NHS England, whereby we share information so that AF&RS can target Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) and other community safety campaigns to specific community groups. This information consists of gender, date of birth and address. Below is a copy of the NHS and Fire & Rescue Service’s Privacy Statement:
NHS England, the Royal College General Practitioners and Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) in England, including Avon Fire & Rescue Service, work together to ensure preventative resources are offered to those who may benefit most. This is achieved by referrals and the sharing of information (where relevant, proportionate and necessary) to allow Avon Fire & Rescue Service personnel to undertake and Home Fire Safety Checks. If you require more information about how NHS England use and share your information, please click here.
Research has shown that those at high risk from fire death and injury are those who are most likely to impact on a range of NHS services. Home Fire Safety Checks are developed between local health practitioners and FRSs to meet local health-risk priorities. They therefore represent an intervention which can improve people's quality of life while reducing demand on critical services.
The majority of fire deaths in the UK occur amongst the elderly population. However, older people are most vulnerable to fire and a number of other risks. A Home Fire Safety Check from AF&RS is proven to make them safer and can reduce risk significantly across a range of factors.
In one area of the United Kingdom where this work has been piloted since 2007, there has been a very significant reduction in fire deaths and injuries which has developed into a current trend well below the national average. So we know this work can save many lives.
The FRS and NHS will continue to work together in the future to ensure the visits undertaken by the FRS are effective in helping to make making people safe and well.
For further information about what we then do with the data supplied to us under the NHS Data Sharing Agreement, such as our lawful basis on which we use this information and who we may share it with, please refer to the Home Fire Safety Visit Privacy Notice on this website.
Requesting access to your personal data and your rights
For further details about how you can access the personal data that NHS England hold about you, or you would like to exercise any of your information rights concerning the data that they hold, please contact them directly or visit their website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy/privacy-notice/access-information/.
In relation to your information rights for person data that AF&RS hold as part of the NHS Data Sharing Agreement:
To find out more or to submit a request to exercise your information rights, please visit our individual rights page.