Humberside Fire & Rescue
We work really closely with Humberside Fire & Rescue service
to promote their services to you.
Recently, Key News Editor Emily went to meet Lyndsay Howden,
Public Safety Support Officer at Humberside, to understand a
little more about what they do and how they work with
Lyndsay explained that aside from tackling fires they
do lots more in the community too. They're
co-responders, so they'll act on behalf of the
ambulance service to provide quick first-hand
emergency aid. Staggeringly acting as a
co-responder accounts for a large amount
of all calls within the authority area.
They receive referrals for vulnerable people, and
they'll go out and assess what might suggest a fire
risk, and can provide equipment to help minimise
that risk, such as a sprinkler system for a person
confined to one room.
They'll also proactively engage with the community
in a variety of ways, giving community group talks,
attending agency meetings, completing fire setter
intervention and reviewing areas of deliberate
fires and cases of arson.
The Safety Support Team has four main themes
throughout the year which they work on, and
these are social isolation, falls & frailty,
affordable warmth and smoking cessation.
Through working with health sectors, the team can
use and share data to understand and target the
most vulnerable in our communities.
They also help with the after-effects of a fire, and
have access to an Emergency Support Vehicle which
has a kitchen, seating area and amenities to help
those whose homes might have been badly
affected by fire, working in collaboration with the
British Red Cross.
The team really are unsung heroes.
If you're concerned about a neighbour or someone
you know and you think they might need some
extra help in case of a fire, call 0300 303 8242 or
for more information and to refer online please visit