Our Torbay TECS team were presented with an award last week by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to celebrate their partnership working.

Mick Handley one of the TECS Engineers based at our Paignton Service Centre was presented with the award on Thursday at an event attended by people and groups who work closely with the Service.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said they were “delighted to be able to celebrate the success of the partnership with NRS Healthcare”.

The partnership between Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has been flourishing for over a year.

Our local Service and Transformation Manager, Jayne Youdan, thought that the free home safety checks offered by the Service, complimented the Technology Enabled Care service we offer, so contacted the to see how we could work together.

Each of the Driver Technicians received training about the things to look for when in a clients home, how to approach the matter with the them and about gaining consent for their details to be passed forwards. The Fire Service arranged for each Driver Technician to attend a home visit to help understand the synergy between the two services.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have helped some of the people referred into them by our Technicians with the fitting of smoke alarms, helping to decommission old and unsuitable heating and give advice on things such as hoarding.

We believe that our combined working helps people to live at home, independently for longer in a safer environment.

The Fire Service returned the favour this summer when they helped to judge a colouring competition run across several schools in the area, and offered a day at the Fire Station for the winners.