The CO Research Trust (CORT), the National CO Awareness Association (NCOAA), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), and the International CO Research Network (ICORN) are coming together to hold a joint workshop to explore how the Fire Services community can work together to improve CO safety.

The workshop will be chaired by Craig Drinkald, CO Lead for NFCC and will include presentations from organisations around the world, including Fire Marshals from Maine and Michigan in the US, as well as representatives from London Fire Brigade and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.

The aim of the workshop is to explore how community-based home safety visits carried out by fire services can be used to promote awareness of, reduce the risk of and also to better understand the prevalence of, CO exposure in the home.

Craig Drinkald said: “Many fire services already use these interventions for these purposes, and this workshop will provide a chance to share best practice, to consider new ideas, and to look at ways that improve the way in which these messages are delivered and the way that information is gathered and understood.”

It is hoped that following on from this meeting a working group can be established to continue this information sharing and that collaborative working achieved so that a more uniform approach to CO risk prevention can be agreed, which can then be shared more widely.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 1st December 2021 by Zoom at 3:00pm – 5:30pm GMT (09:00 – 11:00 CST / 10:00 – 12:00 EST / 16:00 – 18:00 CET) and will be Chaired by Craig Drinkald, the CO Lead at the NFCC.

Adrian McConnell, Head of Charitable Operations at the CO Research Trust said: “Collaboration on these projects is key to moving awareness of CO forward. We are delighted to be working with so many partners in the Fire and Rescue Services, as well as some leading researchers and stakeholders in this field. By bringing everyone together we hope to make a much bigger impact in this area.”

The call is open to any fire service professional with an interest in CO. If you're interested in taking part, please register using the link here.

Fire and Rescue services
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We invite all members of the firefighting community and others with an interest in this area to help improve data collection and prevent CO exposure.

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About the CO Research Trust

The CO Research Trust (formerly the Gas Safety Trust) is a registered charity which was established in 2005. The vision of the charity is a world where people are not exposed to carbon monoxide (CO).

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Natalie Fleck

CO Research Trust

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