As part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have
detached 50 members of staff to support partner organisations.
Out of those 50 staff members at Nottinghamshire Fire and
Rescue Service (NFRS), we have a small group of six working on
Nottinghamshire’s Lateral Flow Testing sites (LFTs).
Our group of six seconded members of staff have been working
extremely hard behind the scenes turning libraries, leisure centres, pubs and
even football grounds into top notch testing facilities.
Not only have they been essential in the building of ten
sites so far, they have also trained 178 Covid-19 testing volunteers. These
volunteers started with zero clinical expertise but are now testing operatives
who have processed over 20,000 tests. This figure has already exceeded the
target set by the Government.
This work would not have been successful without the
additional help to each site. Fire crews are helping the team with every build,
and they are supported by a team of volunteers from the NFRS retired members
association. We also value and appreciate the contribution from the NFRS
Transport Team for logistical support and Service Delivery for allowing local
crews to support the builds twice a week.
The Programme Managers have commented that the team have
embedded a value driven culture within the workforce that they have trained and
created a customer focussed environment, to put everyone at ease during the
Our team are working extremely hard in their new roles, and
continue to contribute towards these great achievements.
If you would like to support this part of the Covid-19
fight, then please go for a test at an asymptomatic testing site. Approximately
25-30% of people who have the virus have no symptoms, hence the unseen spread.