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Firefighters step up to help the vulnerable in Staffs as part of covid-19 response

April 9 2020
Ben Sourbutts, Prevent Delivery Lead, delivering food parcels

Ben Sourbutts, Prevent Delivery Lead, delivering food parcels

Firefighters in Staffordshire have been delivering food to the vulnerable and elderly as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This is an humanitarian effort and I am very grateful to every member of staff assisting in the response to help those most vulnerable.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service delivered provisions to people across the county from 3rd April and are also supporting the provision of personal protective equipment to Health and Care colleagues while assisting other agencies and services when called upon.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant, said: “This is an humanitarian effort and I am very grateful to every member of staff assisting in the response to help those most vulnerable.

“We are supporting an out-of-hours food parcel delivery service along with a request for joint visits with health professionals to isolated vulnerable people. We are also working with partners locally and nationally to understand how we may be required to support the Ambulance service in the event of a request for assistance being made.”

The unprecedented agreement was reached between the Fire and Rescue Employers, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), and the National Fire Chiefs Council, to support communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For the first time, all three stakeholder groups agreed a joint national approach to the crisis.
Firefighters will continue responding to core emergencies, such as fires and road traffic collisions, but under the agreement can now provide additional services specifically related to COVID-19. The agreement states that core responsibilities must be maintained throughout the crisis.

Becci Bryant, added: “Our key priority remains to be able to respond to emergencies and we have robust plans in place to ensure our 999 response is provided as usual, but added to that is the need to ensure any support we provide to other agencies follows due process and training.

“I am confident that these additional activities will provide valuable support to our communities at this difficult time.”