We are Ready, Willing, and Able to respond to Coronavirus crisis

23/04/2020

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is proudly supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) #ReadyWillingAble campaign, to show how the UK’s fire and rescue services are taking on additional activities to protect and support their communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backed by the Home Office, firefighters and other fire service staff across the country are sharing stories and video on their websites and social media to highlight how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help.

As well as continuing to respond to emergency calls and carry out their core duties, it has been agreed that fire and rescue service staff will also assist the ambulance service with emergency ambulance driving, support the most vulnerable through food deliveries, carry out ‘face fitting’ for masks used by health care workers and deliver PPE and medical supplies.  

Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: “We have already seen our staff stepping outside of their traditional roles and going above and beyond in so many different ways to support their local communities during this challenging time.

“We know we have a crucial role to play, not only in keeping people safe from fire while they are staying at home, but in supporting our partners, reassuring communities and looking out for the most vulnerable and at risk in society.

“As a Service we have already been sharing some of our stories and examples of best practice through our #hereforyou campaign, and I’m extremely proud to now support the NFCC’s Ready, Willing, Able campaign to highlight our role in responding to this national crisis.”

Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “Fire and Rescue services across the UK are renowned for responding professionally to the unexpected and this national crisis is no different.

"We are very proud of crews and other staff for stepping forward, using their wide-range of capabilities and skills to ensure community reassurance and support, while continuing to respond to emergencies, during COVID-19.  

“Fire and rescue services have a ‘can do’ ethic and the skills and capability to carry out this work. The commitment to their communities during this critical time is a reflection of their continued humanity and care." 

You can find out more about the work being carried out by fire service staff in Nottinghamshire by following us on Twitter and Instagram: @NottsFire and at www.facebook.com/NottsFRS .

 

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