cfoaThe Chief Fire Officers' Association has announced it is holding an event looking at how to best to use information sharing techniques to improve fire safety outcomes.

Hosted at London Fire Brigade in association with Newcastle University, the event, entitled 'How do you talk to people if they don't exist?' will take place as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science on 9 November.

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By the end of the seminar, CFOA hope that delegates will be able to identify new ways to locate at-risk memebers of communities by choosing from a range of information sharing techniques.

CFOA lead for data and research Neil Odin said: "Over the last ten years, fire and rescue services have become really good at working with partners to target their community safety work and drive down the numbers of fires, injuries and fatalities. However, there are a small, undefinable number of people who just never show up on the radar. Falling through the cracks can lead to tragic results and many fatal fire case reviews bear this out.

"This seminar will be a useful reminder of how better information sharing approaches can help fire and rescue services innovate in how to work with partners, old and new, to pinpoint the hard to reach."

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