FIREFIGHTERS in Greater Manchester will be helping keep thousands of elderly people safe this winter after being chosen to lead a national health initiative.
Every winter 30,000 people die as a result of health issues linked to cold weather.
Various agencies work hard to prevent unnecessary deaths but Public Health England are hoping to save even more lives through a new partnership with fire and rescue services.
Greater Manchester is one of three services chosen to support the health and social care system by promoting public health and preventative health care when visiting people in their homes.
The service already visits over 60,000 homes each year to fit smoke alarms and provide fire safety advice but now firefighters will also use the opportunity to give advice on falls prevention, cold homes, social isolation and flu inoculations.
They will take action or refer residents onto other health and social care services, including those provided by voluntary sector organisations such as Age UK.
These checks will be known as...
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