Prevention Committee Overview

Chair: Rick Hylton

Chief Fire Officer, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


The work of the committee

The NFCC Prevention Committee aims to:


  • Support, develop and deliver the NFCC’s Annual Plan and its agreed Prevention priorities and deliverables;
  • Give direction and work as subject-matter experts to support the NFCC Prevention Hub
  • Advocate the work of prevention on behalf of the fire and rescue sector;
  • Engage, collaborate and influence key stakeholders and/or partners;
  • Share good practice, evaluation and learning across fire and rescue services and relevant stakeholders and partners to encourage the take up of new and innovative schemes which deliver positive outcomes for in the community.


The Committee’s objectives are to:

  • Reduce the risk to vulnerable people within the home environment
  • Raise awareness of the risk of harm and associated prevention and protection measures to improve the safety and citizenship of young people.
  • Improve road safety and reduce collisions, deaths and injuries on the road network
  • Improve water safety awareness and reduce the number of drownings

The Strategic Health Group also sits under the Prevention Committee. It seeks to develop relationships, initiatives and evaluations to support fire and rescue services in delivering integrated fire and health interventions, while demonstrating positive outcomes from local fire and health projects.

  • Promote the sharing of innovation and good practice through the production of up-to-date guidance and case studies to influence the development of local fire and health and social care relationships
  • Outline people and organisational development objectives that support FRS’s to deliver ‘Safe and Well’ visits and other interventions
  • Commission the development and evaluation of outputs to demonstrate positive outcomes from local Fire and Health projects
  • Promote a coordinated approach to data sharing, risk stratification and targeting
  • Challenge current limitations, perceived or otherwise, that prevent or restrict the involvement of Fire in a Health and social care settings


Work Streams

  • Children and Young People: Phil Garrigan
  • Home Safety: Rick Hylton
  • Mental Health: Mark Thomas
  • Road Safety: Dan Quin
  • Safeguarding: Phil Garrigan
  • Volunteering: Wendy Richings
  • Water Safety: Dawn Whittaker