2020 was a different and challenging year for everyone, but
there were also some great achievements, big incidents and some changes within Nottinghamshire
Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS). Welcome to our look back of 2020.
In 2020, crews were mobilised to 9,149 incidents. They
attended 2,980 fires and completed 107 extraction RTCs. There had been 30
people rescued from fires, seven people rescued from water and 67 animal
We worked collaboratively as we welcomed Nottinghamshire Police
into West Bridgford Fire Station to become a joint station and we celebrated
the first tri-service station of Nottinghamshire with the move into the East
Midlands Ambulance Station in Hucknall.
We opened a new joint memorial garden with Nottinghamshire
Police as part of the Joint Police and Fire Headquarters at Sherwood Lodge.
This was created to remember those that lost their lives in service.
Towards the end of 2020 we recruited for both on call and
wholetime firefighters. 12 new on call firefighters will start their course later
this month, and we will be recruiting again for another 12 to start this summer.
The wholetime course is set to start in April this year.
The work did not stop to raise much needed funds for The
Fire Fighters Charity in 2020. Our Occupational Health and Fitness Advisor
hosted internal and external Zumba sessions virtually, several Fire Stations
held charity car wash sessions, and Stapleford Fire Station ended the year with
a COVID-secure drive thru Santa’s grotto. In the last financial year (April
2019 – April 2020) NFRS have raised a grand total of £58,572.58 for the charity
and will continue to do so in 2021.
Amongst all the above, like everybody else, we had the
pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic to deal with. Everyone at NFRS went above
and beyond during these times. All our staff, operational and non-operational
had to adapt into new ways of working, with the majority of support staff
moving to work from home.
We have been working collaboratively with East Midlands
Ambulance Service (EMAS) and providing extra help and resources where needed
whilst they react to the pandemic. During 2020, NFRS staff covered 201 shifts
Crews around Nottinghamshire have continued to help their
local community during the time of need, and have been helping with the
distribution of food and medication parcels alongside incidents. In total, NFRS
staff made 11,817 deliveries in 2020 – 2,941 of them being medication
deliveries to help local pharmacies.
A huge thank you to all operational staff who worked
throughout Christmas and New Year. The hard work, commitment and determination
from across the whole service has not gone unnoticed and we all hope that 2021
will be a better year for everyone.