CDS received a very warm welcome from the men and women of Luton Fire and Rescue Service on Tuesday 20 November 2018.

The mobile dental unit was used to support free oral cancer screening; a little-known cancer that is increasing in numbers in the UK. Despite a bitterly cold day the humour and friendliness of the service men and women made it all worthwhile.

Councillor Rachel Hopkins (Portfolio Holder for Public Health Luton Borough Council) visited and was impressed with the outreach work that CDS achieves. She was pleased that public sector workers were the focus at this event and that shift-workers, such as Fire and Rescue personnel, often find it more difficult to access health services, including dentistry. They also experience very stressful situations that can affect their oral health such as biting the inside of their cheeks and mouth ulcers.

The day ended with a “shout” for the emergency service with the last customer dashing from the dental chair to the blue light fire engine.