We are here for you and are in the community providing support during the pandemic

23/04/2020

Crews, support staff and volunteers from across the whole of Nottinghamshire have come together to support our community.

 

Here’s what the Service has been doing to keep you safe and well:                                   

 

The Persons At Risk Team (PART), continue to work hard either from home or out and about in the community to serve those most at risk to fire and incidents in the home. Every day is a different day for PART with many complex cases of which extended help is now more important than ever with many people being isolated in the home. Our community will continue to be high priority to the Service.

 

Stations across the whole of the Service are helping the local community by delivering food parcels, contacting vulnerable residents and working with partners to ensure Nottinghamshire is safe.

 

Stockhill Fire Station are amongst many stations in the South of Nottinghamshire that have helped in the local community during the pandemic. Food was given to the crews by Pulp Friction and Fareshare. They started distributing the food to ‘at risk’ contacts, who were found by crews and DPO, Robyn Ellis. The contacts include old people’s homes, food banks, vulnerable people and charities that cannot provide like usual.

 

Chris Emmott, Stockhill District Manager, said: “Within the first week, Stockhill crews took around three tonnes of food to foodbanks and community projects.

 

“All of our crews have done a brilliant job with helping the communities during this difficult time.”

 

London Road Fire Station have been collecting food from the food bank donation scheme at Castle Marina, Sainsburys. They deliver the food to food banks within the local area, the main one being the Hope charity in Clifton. They have also supplied donations to the homeless shelter on London Road.

 

Arnold Fire Station have arranged working activities with local pharmacies including medication deliveries. They have also been involved with supplying and packaging at local food banks.

 

Mansfield Fire Station have hung a large NHS banner and rainbow from their fire tower to show their support for the NHS and key workers. As well as getting involved in the #ClapForCarers campaign alongside crews from Edwinstowe, Ashfield and Hucknall.

 

Retford Fire Station recently received Easter eggs from their local Royal Mail sorting office for the hard work the crews are currently doing.

As a joint decision between both Retford Station and Royal Mail they went on to donate the Easter eggs to the staff and residents of Bassetlaw Hospice. This was welcomed by the Hospice with open arms and they were extremely grateful. Retford have also delivered items to vulnerable residents within their community alongside donations from the local Morrisons, Asda and Aldi. The community had come together at a difficult time to support the residents most in need of our support.

 

Newark, Southwell and Collingham Fire Station have been working with HEART from the local council to carryout food drops to local residents. Over Easter Morrisons donated Easter Eggs and the crew from Newark station delivered the eggs to Caudwell House in Southwell. They have been working with Fareshare a charity who donate food through Pulp Friction to distribute the donations across Newark and Sherwood.

 

Edwinstowe Fire Station have been contacting local residents and in the last week spoken to 40 residents in which 100% of households said they appreciate the call. The station will maintain contact and continue to reach out to residents via phone calls. Carlton Fire Station have also been contacting residents as part of the ‘Befriending’ service Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has set up.

 

Harworth Fire Station have been dropping prescriptions off to residents unable to get out to a pharmacy due to the pandemic.

 

Blidworth Fire Station have been working with social services, parish councils, local schools and churches to come together and help set up the Blidworth and Rainworth food bank for the community. They have also been delivering food packages and prescriptions to the most vulnerable.

 

Station Manger Leigh Holmes said: “Our crews are working extremely hard within the community not only delivering food parcels but, contacting residents to check they’re ok, completing virtual safe and well checks, encouraging children to send in their rainbows to add to appliance bay doors and providing virtual tours of stations for schools.

 

“We will continue to serve our community and encourage everyone to follow the Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives guidance.”

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