NORTH Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust have entered into a formal working agreement which will help protect all those living, working and visiting North Wales.

The new agreement will allow Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust staff to take referrals for free home fire safety checks, which will be performed by Fire and Rescue Service staff.

Richard Fairhead, senior fire safety manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This new agreement is key in helping protect the most vulnerable people in our society.

“By actively promoting our free home fire safety checks to their patients, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust will be helping us to prevent incidents and fires from occurring in the first place.

“In addition, high risk vulnerable groups, such as people with a limiting disability or mobility issues, will be recognised by paramedics, and with the permission of the individuals, we will be able toŠ provide equipment and advice to keep them safe in their homes.

“This partnership will enable access to the more vulnerable individuals in the community – by working together with The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, we are keeping the whole community as safe as possible.”

Regional director Dafydd Jones-Morris added: “All too often, our ambulance crews have to deal with the tragic aftermath of a house fire, which affects family, friends and the surrounding community.

“Our primary goal as an emergency medical service is to save lives and by joining North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to carry out this initiative, we hope we can help make a vital difference to someone or a family threatened with the event of a house fire in their own home.”

To register for a free home fire safety check, call 0800 169 1234, e-mail or visit